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.