Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Last year it was Lollipop now this year its Marshmallow. This newest iteration of Android brings a lot of new features and under the hood improvements. Of course no Android update would be complete without a few visual tweaks. Most of which have to do with fluent animation, app drawer and updates to Google’s Material Design Philosophy. Google’s Material Design philosophy is basically all about how animation and how it responds to touch.

With this new update, Google added some new useful under the hood features that allow for far better battery life. This new feature called Doze, detects wakelocks (periods of unstable power consumption by malfunctioning apps) and shuts them down. Doze also shuts down irrelevant running processes when the phone is locked or not being used. So if you set your phone down on a table for a while Doze will kick in and shut down unused apps. This will allow for significant battery life improvements for almost any smartphone running Marshmallow. Andrew Ruth an 8th grader says “Doze is very helpful with saving battery on my phone!”

But, there lies the problem. With the fragmented market share of the Android operating system sized across many manufactures and phones, updates to the new software are slowly getting released to the public because of glitches, incompatible hardware as well as the software bricking people’s phones. Some phones might even get stuck with the old stale Lollipop. Before a phone can receive Marshmallow, Google must make the software compatible with that specific device, which takes time. After that the phone’s carrier must test the software on their network to see if it is compatible, yet again this takes time. And finally it passes the certification test to make sure everything is working properly. The time in which all of these processes happen depends on the phone’s manufacturer. Usually most subsidized phones receive the new software 3-4 months after it is released. Or you could just buy a Nexus and skip all of that and get day one software updates out of the box.

Nonetheless , when the end user receives the Marshmallow update they should be satisfied will all of the improvements Google has made to the new software. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a very welcome update to the Android ecosystem and will surely help decrease the fragmented market share of Android because of Android 6.0’s ability to run  across many different devices with different specs ranging from base model all the way to flagship! This update has been worth the wait and will surely pay off in the long run.

 

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