Marshmallow: All you need to know about Google’s latest sweet treat

Google’s latest sweet treat is here in time for Halloween and it’s bringing a whole new set of features to push your phone into the future. Android 6.0 Marshmallow debuted with Google’s newest handsets the Nexus 5X and the 6P; is the newest version of Android which is set to roll out onto most phones in the coming months.

Marshmallow brings a list of new features and changes to all Android devices. Some of them are revolutionary, something straight out of science fiction. Google Now on Tap is one of these and it’s going to blow your mind. Google Now is activated in the same way, long pressing the home button, and when launched, it will analyse the information on screen and offer further information on the subject or allow you to take action on the text that is written. This means that you can set up a reminder based on the text in a message or Google will give you information and suggestions, if you are on a page about the latest music.

App permissions is another new feature and, while this doesn’t sound as exciting as the Google Now upgrade, it is a very big step in customising your phone to your liking. You can now set which apps do what in terms of notifications and the services they have access to in detail. You could provide WhatsApp permission to use your camera but decline its requirement of location services.

The Doze feature is sure to be a favourite amongst those who face constant battery troubles. Doze monitors when the device has not been used for an extended period and puts it into a deep sleep, cutting off any background processes and saving battery life which would be expended in these services.

Marshmallow also brings hardware support to upcoming phones in the form of fingerprint scanner support and USB Type C support. It also brings Android Pay, Androids version of Apple Pay, a second attempt after the failed Google Wallet. Minor tweaks include a system UI tuner, which allows you to change the toggles in the quick-settings menu, better volume control options and easier methods to uninstall apps.

Marshmallow promises to be a revolutionary step forwards and, like previous versions of Android looks set to redefine and improve your Android experience. The update would be available on all major flagship phones and tablets as and when the developers push them out.


10 reasons why your phone battery charges slowly

No matter how advanced our smart phones become, they will always be dependent on their power source to function. Everyone employs their own methods of saving battery for that one extra hour of power, trying to push their phones to the max.

But what if the charging speed itself is slow? There isn’t any point in trying to save battery when an hour of charging will leave you with just 30%. Here are a few reasons as to why your phone may be charging slowly:

  1. The most common reason could be a faulty charger. When the charger is not able to deliver the required voltage, the battery takes much longer to charge. It’s always advisable to use chargers provided by the phone manufacturer
  2. Your cable might be broken or torn in places or the ports on either end could be blocked by dust and dirt
  3. The power source also makes a big difference. If the wall port where your phone is plugged in is not receiving the adequate voltage, it is going to affect the charge time. Plugging your phone into the laptop’s USB can result in slow charging time as well
  4. If you have an older phone then the processor itself will not be able to support any faster charging speeds. Make sure that the USB ports of your mobile are also clear of any lint or dust
  5. Constantly using your phone when it is on charge drains majority of the power, which it would have otherwise been able to store
  6. A phone used for a long time could have a worn-out battery. Batteries have a specific number of charge cycles and as they come closer to the end of their life, the amount of time they take to charge increases
  7. Background apps also tend to drain power. While it is not as significant as when the phone is in use, the battery drain would still lengthen the charge time
  8. The inside of the USB port often get corroded with time, leading to a slower charge intake.
  9. The USB port might be broken completely, in which case you would need to give the phone over to a professional for repairs
  10. Overcharging a phone can also lead to a degradation of its battery, damaging the cells which store power and extending the time it would take to fully charge the device.

By following these few tips, you’ll be able to get the fastest charging time for your phone as well as maintain battery health for a longer time. This will significantly reduce the amount of time your phone spend hugging a wall charger through the day.