Android recently unveiled their newest operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It doesn’t entirely overhaul the system, but it does bring some exciting new improvements for Android users to enjoy. Like every new operating system, it takes some getting used to, but knowing some of the tricks help to facilitate the process.
Expect Changes with New OS Update
While Android Marshmallow was announced in the spring, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that it was first released to users. And while there are plenty of small changes, the basic aspects that users have become accustomed to over the years haven’t changed much.
“Android Marshmallow isn’t an all-out overhaul of everything you thought you knew about Android,” said expert Kris Carlon. “No, Android 6.0 is a refinement and extension of the core features and functionality introduced in Android Lollipop.” With that being said, there are a number of minor changes and additions that users will be delighted with.
4 Tricks for Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Want to show everyone that you’re an Android Marshmallow expert? Check out these simple tricks and tips:
- Granting apps permission. One of the greatest aspects of the new Marshmallow release is the ability to grant app permissions on an individual basis. In order to access app permissions, you’ll need to go to Settings>Apps and then tap the individual app you’re interested in. From there, it’s as easy as flipping the switch for which permissions you do and don’t want. It’s so simple that it’s astounding this is the first time granular app permission has been allowed.
- Using Google App Engine. For the developers out there, Marshmallow comes with a number of new options. To access Developer Options, simply go to Settings>About Phone and then tap Build Number seven times. You’ll see a pop-up notification that tells you that you’re now a developer. For the Google App Engine lovers out there, developing for Marshmallow is simple and streamlined.
- Uninstalling apps on home screen. In the past, uninstalling apps has been a cumbersome process. You’d have to go into the application folder, find the individual app, and then delete it. Now you can simply hold down on any app on the home screen and you’ll see options to remove or uninstall. Simply drag the icon to the uninstall folder and it’s gone forever.
- Activating Google Now. Perhaps the greatest part about the new Android Marshmallow is the simplicity of Google Now. If you’re on the home screen, you can simply say “Okay, Google” to start voice commands. If you’re on a web page, just hold down the home button and Google Now will automatically find relevant information on the page that you may need – such as phone numbers, addresses, or reviews.
The New Android Marshmallow
In the grand scheme of things, Android’s OS is still the same. The major components remain untouched and you won’t suddenly lose your ability to control your devices after updating. However, there are a number of new features worth understanding if you want to get the most out of your devices. Keep the aforementioned tricks in mind and you’re well on your way to becoming an Android Marshmallow expert.