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Android 6.0 Marshmallow: all the key features explained

Update: Android N beta out now

Android Marshmallow isn't an overhaul of everything you thought you knew about Android. Rather, it's a refinement and extension of the core features and functionality of Android Lollipop. In this Android Marshmallow review, I take a look at the major features of Google's latest OS version to let you know where it hits, where it misses, and where it has room to improve.

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The number of devices on Marshmallow is slowly beginning to stack up. / © Google

Update: Google surprised everyone on March 9 by dropping the Android N developer preview without any prior notice. Then, on May 18, 2016, a beta build was released following the Google I/O keynote. You can sign up to Google's Android Beta Program, if you have an eligible device, and you can download factory images directly from Google. Find out the full story on our Android N page.

I know that not everyone even has Android Lollipop yet, so I won't just concentrate on the differences between the two most recent versions of Android. Instead I'll look at the major areas of the new OS, whether they are new, improved or missing in action. I'll break the review down into the following sections: the visual appearance of Android Marshmallow; integration of new Google products; core features of the system; security; and improvements to usability.

We've added some features that saw light with the update to Android 6.0.1, including a host of new emoji and a double-tap camera quick-launch feature that has been added to Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 devices. Find out more about these below under 'Design and visual changes' and 'Usability', respectively. 

You can also keep up to date with the latest additions to Marshmallow through our dedicated page:

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Android Marshmallow is more of a refinement than a revolution. / © ANDROIDPIT

Jump to a section:

Android Marshmallow release date

Android Marshmallow was initially announced at Google I/O on May 28, when it was released as the Android M developer preview. Several updates to the preview came out before Marshmallow was officially named on August 17. Google finally unveiled Android 6.0 Marshmallow, alongside the 2015 Nexus devices, on September 29, 2015.

As usual, Google's Nexus family was first to get the goods, and the brand new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were the launch devices for Android 6.0. Factory images for most of the existing Nexus range – the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player – appeared on October 5.

To see when your device will get Android 6.0, check the following guide:

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Google's voice shortcut is right there on the lock screen, replacing the dialer. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow design

Android Marshmallow is visually similar to its predecessor, Lollipop, in many ways. Google’s Material Design language is now more pervasive than ever before and the main areas of the UI – settings, notifications shade and navigation – remain the same. But Marshmallow does have some differences in appearance and new features.

Settings shortcuts

Android has let you create shortcuts to particular settings, such as the battery or display, for a while, but until Marshmallow, the icons for these shortcuts all looked the same. Now, the standard cog widget shape contains an icon depicting what that particular shortcut goes to, as shown in the screenshot below. 

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Settings icons now have another layer of visual representation. / © ANDROIDPIT

Lock screen

The Marshmallow lock screen is almost identical to Lollipop's, complete with expandable notifications and app shortcuts. But where Lollipop had shortcuts in the bottom corners that took you to the camera and dialer, Marshmallow replaces the dialer shortcut with one to Google’s voice search. This small update is the first clue as to just how integral voice commands are to Marshmallow.

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Google's voice assist is the default voice solution for all apps in Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

Voice search has a completely new look too. Four colored dots float, become a waveform and then rotate as your voice request is picked up and processed. The response rate varies, depending on the complexity of the search terms and your internet speed, but the results are generally accurate. You can also launch apps from the lock screen using your voice.

Home screen

The same voice command functionality appears on the home screen via Google’s dedicated search bar, complete with the colorful, post-Alphabet Google logo. The home screen itself is essentially the same as it was in Lollipop (the changes to Google’s search bar and app icons have rolled out to all devices via updates).

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The new branding in Google's persistent search bar. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Now, assuming you have signed up for it, returns to its dedicated position to the immediate left of the default home screen. This area has also been updated but again, this is not a Marshmallow exclusive. Google Now on Tap (more on this later) is now launched by a long press on the home button in the navigation bar.

You have a few options for launching apps: from voice commands, app icons, the 'recent apps' multitasking cards or the new-look app drawer. You can also jump straight into the app drawer search bar by long-pressing the app drawer icon. This shortcut will also launch your keyboard, just as it did in Lollipop.

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Google Now has lost its long-press shortcut to Google Now on Tap. / © ANDROIDPIT

App drawer

The app drawer in Marshmallow went through a couple of changes during the developer preview process and appears in the final version as a vertical scrolling list as opposed to the paginated horizontal list that Lollipop had. You can scroll through the list or use a new scrubber bar on the right to jump to a particular letter of the alphabet.

An endless vertical list means it's easy to swipe right to the end of your app list – certainly moreso than swiping through multiple cards in Lollipop. Predictive apps, based on the time of day, frequency and so on, appear in a special area at the top of the app drawer and you also have the added bonus of the dedicated app search bar that's accessible via the keyboard or voice, as well as the scrubber bar.

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The app drawer scrolls vertically with a scrubber bar for rapid scrolling. / © ANDROIDPIT

As always, you can drag app icons from the app drawer to the home screen, but when dragging apps, you’ll now see the option to uninstall them at the top of the screen, alongside App Info or the Remove options. System apps are excluded, but it’s a much more convenient way to uninstall apps.

The best thing is that these changes are part of the Google search app, so an update to that will deliver these features to all older Androids as well. The update adds the new search bar, voice interface, search bar and alphabet scrubber in the app drawer, and vertical app drawer orientation, as well as the uninstall shortcut.

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It's never been easier to find or uninstall apps in Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Notifications and Quick Settings

As with Lollipop, Marshmallow has a two-part notifications/Quick Settings area. A single swipe down from the top of the home screen will pull down the notifications shade, where your expandable notifications live. A second swipe down on this screen reveals the Quick Settings panel. A two-finger swipe down from the home screen will take you straight there.

The notifications area displays app notifications, which can be expanded or tapped to launch the full app. This area also shows persistent system notifications, such as when a Bluetooth device is connected or other system features are enabled. The 'dismiss all' button now faces the other direction compared to Lollipop, but it does the same thing.

The Quick Settings area displays your screen brightness slider as well as toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data and so on. As with Lollipop, these features can either be toggled on or off with a tap, or accessed further through a Quick Settings mini-menu or the relevant area of the full settings menu.

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The notifications and Quick Settings areas look the same. / © ANDROIDPIT

At the top of both the notifications shade and the Quick Settings area is a kind of status bar area. In the notifications shade you’ll see the time and date, various status bar icons and the icon for switching users. Oddly, tapping this in the notification shade simply opens up the Quick Settings area where it must be tapped again to change users or enter Guest Mode.

In the Quick Settings area, this area expands a little further, displaying battery percentage, carrier information and a shortcut to the settings menu. Long pressing the settings cog icon will give you access to the System UI Tuner.

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Long-press that cog icon to enable the System UI Tuner. / © ANDROIDPIT

System UI Tuner

Once enabled, System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom. It provides a few simple UI tweaks, including adding a battery percentage indicator to your battery icon, a customizable Quick Settings area, where toggles can be rearranged or removed and new ones added, and a menu for deciding which icons are displayed in your status bar. You’ll never have to suffer a cluttered status bar with NFC, Bluetooth and Alarm icons again.

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System UI Tuner lets you hide status bar icons and tweak the Quick Settings. / © ANDROIDPIT

Animations and Easter Egg

Animations and transitions make up an even larger part of Marshmallow than they did in Lollipop. Transitions between apps, pages and settings are quite often accompanied by animations, as is toggling features on and off within the various settings and menus. It’s relatively minor stuff but it all adds to the polished feeling of Marshmallow.

As always, there is a hidden Easter Egg in Marshmallow and it can be seen as a kind of metaphor for Marshmallow as a whole. In Android Lollipop the Easter Egg was a Flappy Bird clone. Just as Marshmallow looks an awful lot like Lollipop on the surface with lots of refinements and improvements underneath, the Flappy Bird Easter Egg returns, but with a bit of a makeover. It’s accessed by repeatedly tapping Android version in the About phone section of the settings.

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The Marshmallow easter egg is a rebranded version of the Flappy Bird clone in Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

200 new emoji

The update to Android 6.0.1 brought with it 200 new emoji. These are default Android emoji and should be compatible with any keyboard. A lot of the emoji that were added have been in use on iOS and Windows 10 for some time, but others are new.

The list of new emoji includes the fabled unicorn, the tasty taco and the hungry squirrel.

Dark theme and rotation support

For unknown reasons, both the system-wide dark theme and support for a rotating home screen were removed from the final version of Marshmallow, despite appearing in versions of the developer preview. We may yet see these make a return in future updates to Marshmallow – they are frequently-requested features, after all – but for now they are not a part of the Android 6.0 release.

Some eager code-sifters have uncovered evidence of a dark mode in the source code for Android Marshmallow, indicating that Google may still have plans to include it in a future version. The source code mentions Night Mode, which, as you may remember, sounds a lot like the automatic theme changing capabilities (based on the time of day) we saw in the Android M preview builds.

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Home screen rotation and the dark theme have been removed from the final version. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow Google integration 

Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap is perhaps the biggest deal of all in Android Marshmallow. Google Now changed the game back in KitKat by offering time and context-sensitive notifications, information and reminders. Google Now on Tap basically shortcuts the need to search for additional contextual information and delivers it at any turn. Long-pressing the home button now activates Google Now on Tap, replacing the old gesture for Google Now from any screen.

When summoned, Now on Tap reads the content of any screen on your phone, whether it is in a Google or third-party app, and delivers information that might be relevant to keywords on-screen. This could be Google Search results about people, places or things mentioned in an article you’re reading or app suggestions that are relevant to what Now on Tap has picked up (Maps, Yelp or UrbanSpoon for a restaurant named in a text message, for example).

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Google Now on Tap is available on every screen in Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

I’m still coming to terms with Now on Tap’s range, usefulness and significance, but I can tell you now: this is going to seriously change the way you use your phone. Now on Tap is a huge time-saver because it saves you the effort of having to Google someone’s name, launch a different app or cross-check information.

It’s basically everything we always wanted Google Search to be: instant, useful and effortless. It isn’t perfect, and you’ll still get results you’re not after from time to time, but it’s a really great start.

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Google predicts apps for the top row based on your habits at a given time of day. / © ANDROIDPIT

Voice API and Assist API

Marshmallow also introduces a new Voice API to Android. As mentioned earlier, voice search and voice commands are central to Marshmallow – even more so than they have been in previous iterations of Google’s operating system – thanks to the new Voice Interaction API.

This allows third-party apps to access Google’s voice command functionality in ways they couldn’t previously. Before, you could tell Google to open other apps, but other apps couldn’t talk back. Now they can. At least, the can in theory. The feature isn’t exactly working yet, but it has been successfully demoed by Google using TuneIn Radio.

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You can even use your voice to launch apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Meanwhile, Google voice search is everywhere throughout Marshmallow and is always listening (if you want it to). Fortunately, Marshmallow’s focus on giving users more control, so you can also substitute Google for another third party voice assistant if you so wish. This option comes courtesy of the Assist API, available to anyone who wants to compile a voice assistant to make use of it.

Google settings app

As mentioned above, Google settings are now a dedicated part of the settings menu. Here is where you’ll find privacy information, account preferences and more for your Google accounts. It’s also where you can manage your OK, Google hotword detection and 'always listening' mode. But there’s another new feature here, called Set up nearby device.

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Google settings are given a dedicated area in the settings menu. / © ANDROIDPIT

Set up nearby device is basically a settings menu version of Tap & Go that doesn’t rely on NFC. Tap & Go handily loads your Google account, apps list and settings to a new device via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, meaning if you’re trying to set up an Android TV, for example, you can simply do it through this setting on your phone.

Android Pay

With the delivery of the fingerprint API and two new Nexus devices equipped with fingerprint scanners, Android Pay has arrived. Android Pay is one of a number of touchless payment systems including Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Naturally, Android Pay will become the default solution on devices without a manufacturer solution like Samsung's.

Android Pay is simple to set up but it requires an NFC-equipped terminal at participating retailers as well as an NFC-equipped smartphone. Samsung Pay has an advantage here because it also works on the existing magnetic strip readers already in stores. It’s still early days for Android Pay but you can expect to see a lot more of it in the years to come.

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Android Pay has some hurdles ahead, but it now has everything it needs. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow performance

Doze

Doze is, after Google Now on Tap, perhaps the biggest thing in Marshmallow. Doze is an intelligent battery management feature that recognizes when your device is not is use, like when it has been lying on a bedside table for a while, and enters hibernation.

It’s more complicated than that, of course, but the battery savings are phenomenal. Where other devices lose an average of 15-25 percent of battery life overnight, Marshmallow can take that down to 3-5 percent, taking your standby time to nearly two weeks in the process.

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Doze will put your device into hibernation when it has been left alone for a while. / © ANDROIDPIT

Furthermore, manufacturers won’t be able to mess with Doze mode. This doesn’t mean that manufactures can’t still apply their own battery saver modes to their skins of stock Android, but device standby will only be handled by an unmodified Doze.

App standby

App standby is the app equivalent of Doze, like a stock Android version of Greenify. App standby identifies apps that haven’t been used in a while and puts them into a deep sleep, which is basically the same thing as disabling them in the settings.

This means they can’t use system resources, run background processes or sync and access the network, so an instant messenger you rarely use might end up on standby and stop receiving notifications, for example. If you don't want this, Google has created a whitelist, with which you can prevent apps from being put on standby.

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You can tell Marshmallow which apps not to put into standby mode. / © ANDROIDPIT

Type-C and reverse charging

Marshmallow also supports the new standard, USB Type-C. Type-C cables are reversible – so you won’t have to worry about fumbling around with your charging cable in the dark – and they also support faster data transfer and charging speeds.

Not many devices have USB Type-C ports yet, and not all are shipping with true Type-C cables and adapters (many are simply reconfigured USB 2.0 cables). But Marshmallow is future-proofing itself by including Type-C support and the new USB Power Delivery specification, meaning Marshmallow devices will also be able to reverse-charge other devices.

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Marshmallow has new charging standards, including reverse charging and USB Type-C. / © ANDROIDPIT

microSD support – Adaptable Storage Devices

The battle to accept microSD cards has been one of the most interesting in Android history. Expandable storage used to be a mainstay of Android devices, but then Google decided it was bad for security and removed support for it in Android KitKat. Developers fought back and partial support was added in Lollipop.

With the arrival of Marshmallow we're finally looking at full-fledged support for microSD expansion in Android devices. Under Marshmallow, microSD cards can be formatted to a specific device – meaning they will be unusable elsewhere – and treated as another part of internal storage by the Android system.

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microSD cards can now be used exactly like internal storage. / © ANDROIDPIT

While this means you won’t be able to simply pull your microSD card out and pop it in another phone, it does mean you have system-level support for external storage. In Android Marshmallow, apps and the data they use can now be seamlessly stored on an external microSD card without having to be explicitly put there by the user.

We've saw the first evidence of Marshmallow's Adaptable Storage Devices feature on the Marshmallow soak test for the Moto G (2014). One of our Brazilian readers in the Motorola update program alerted us to the update and shared some screenshots outlining new features, including ASD (because the Moto G (2014) has a microSD card slot).

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Devices with a microSD card slot will be able to format an SD card as internal storage. / © ANDROIDPIT

Internal storage and file manager

Marshmallow has also overhauled the Storage area of settings. Storage and USB now provides at-a-glance information on internal and external storage and adds a convenient stock file manager at the bottom of the list, called Explore.

RAM manager

RAM usage has typically been the reserve of Android geeks rather than regular users. Marshmallow aims to put RAM management a little more in the foreground by giving it its own dedicated settings menu area called Memory. In this section you can view memory use by the system and individual apps over different time frames, which should hopefully make more people familiar with what is normal behavior for their device.

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Marshmallow goes out of its way to provide tools and access to detailed information. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow security

App permissions

This is one of the unsexy but incredibly important parts of Android Marshmallow. The Android system now offers user-facing controls over some, but not all, app permissions. While iOS has had this feature for years, Android is only now catching up.

Some basic permissions – internet access, for example – are still granted by default, but generally speaking you will be asked to grant individual app permissions the first time an app attempts to access them.

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Granular app permissions give the user complete control of app permissions. / © ANDROIDPIT

This means you are in control of whether or not an app has access to something as critical as your microphone or camera. Some apps might not work properly with certain permissions disabled, but the onus is on the app developers to stabilize their apps without all permissions granted, not on you to accept what you might feel are unnecessary permissions.

Permissions for a particular app can be viewed within the settings menu (which permissions an app does or doesn't have) or by permission type (so you can see how many apps have access to your contacts, for example). Viewing by permission type is slightly hard to get to, but at least that will stop accidental changes from being made.

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Marshmallow lets you check permissions by app or permission type. / © ANDROIDPIT

Fingerprint API

Android Marshmallow introduces system-level fingerprint support via the new fingerprint API. Both new Nexus devices have a fingerprint scanner. The rollout of Android Pay and other touchless payment systems that rely on fingerprint scanners for authentication can now be handled by Android itself rather than a manufacturer add-on. Fortunately, Google has set minimum standards for scanner accuracy in order to pass its device certification.

We've been very impressed with Nexus Imprint on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, partially for the excellent Huawei hardware but also for Google's implementation of the software. Registering a fingerprint is faster than on any other device and the accuracy and speed of the scanner is second to none. All you need to do to set up fingerprint authentication in the Play Store for purchases is check a box in the settings.

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It takes around 15 seconds to register a fingerprint and set up fingerprint authentication. / © ANDROIDPIT

Automatic app backup

Historically, Android has offered a pretty weak app backup solution. The Backup and reset section in Lollipop was opt-in, vague and incomplete. Marshmallow can now automatically back up both your apps and data, so any apps restored from a backup will be the same as they were before – you’ll be signed in and right where you left off.

The explanations are much clearer in Marshmallow too and you can choose to opt out if you like (not everyone will be a fan of having their app data stored in the cloud, despite its convenience). The best part is that device and app data can be saved, so your passwords, settings and progress can all be restored with much less effort.

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Marshmallow finally delivers a solid app and data backup solution. / © ANDROIDPIT

Network security reset

Network security reset is a nice little feature in the Backup and reset settings which allows you to quickly and easily remove all passwords, settings and connections associated with Bluetooth, cellular data and Wi-Fi. It’s a simple addition that demonstrates how much attention to enhanced security and user-facing controls in Marshmallow.

Monthly security patches

Following the Stagefright scare, Google and a number of manufacturers pledged to provide monthly security updates to keep on top of any security weaknesses in Android. With this in mind, Marshmallow now displays your device’s Android security patch level section in the About phone section.

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Security patches now arrive monthly from Google. / © ANDROIDPIT

Encryption

Encryption is back in Android Marshmallow with a vengeance. Encryption was a big deal in Android Lollipop too – and came as default on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 – not as many Android devices as Google would have liked had disk encryption forced on them, because of performance issues (encryption slows system performance down unless a hardware accelerator is used).

Marshmallow heralds the dawn of the new age of Android encryption, although only on new devices. New Android devices running Marshmallow are required to use full-disk encryption by default, but devices updated from a previous version of Android do not.

Devices with minimal processing power are also exempt, as are devices without a lock screen, such as Android Wear watches. Encrypted devices will also be subject to Marshmallow’s verified boot process to ensure the trustworthiness of their software during each boot sequence. If Android suspects changes have been made, the user will be alerted to potential software corruption.

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New Marshmallow devices will be encrypted by default. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android for Work

Android Marshmallow is also pushing the enterprise angle with sandboxing for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environments. Through better handling of security, notifications, VPNs, access and storage, the same device can be used both for work and at home. It’s not a very sexy addition, but it means fewer people will be required to carry a personal and a work phone in future.

Smart Lock

Smart Lock has been around since Lollipop, but it bears repeating now that smartwatches are more prevalent. Smart Lock on Marshmallow provides options for unlocking your device or keeping your device unlocked depending on various intuitive scenarios. Smart Lock is found in the security settings and requires the use of some form of lock screen security.

Smart Lock includes options for trusted devices (for example, paired smartwatches or Bluetooth speakers), trusted places (home or office, via GPS and Wi-Fi data), trusted faces and on-body detection. The last of these won’t lock your phone again until you put it down. Each Smart Lock feature is opt-in and reversible.

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Google has expanded Smart Lock into a password manager tied to your Google account. / © ANDROIDPIT

Smart Lock for Passwords

Google’s old Google Settings app is no more, having graduated to its very own section in the Settings menu, where it belongs. This area contains all your Google settings and preferences. Everything from Voice, Google Fit, Now and location access is contained here, so it’s worth getting to know this area.

One new addition is called Smart Lock for Passwords and it is basically a Google password manager. Enabling the feature allows your website and app passwords to be saved to your Google account (which is why it lives in the Google section and not the Security section of Marshmallow). You can also exclude apps or view your Smart Lock for Passwords content.

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Text selection is finally as good as it always should have been. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow usability

Text selection

Marshmallow introduces an improved text selection setup. Text selection has always been clumsy in Android, and it's not perfect in Marshmallow, but it is better than it has been before. Instead of getting a temporary edit/share toolbar when highlighting text, in Marshmallow you’ll get a localized floating menu that offers three simple options: select all, copy or share.

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Marshmallow adds custom features to the overflow menu when selecting text. / © ANDROIDPIT

There’s also an overflow menu that, by default, only includes web search, but, depending on the apps you have installed, can include custom options (such as translate, if you have Google Translate installed). It’s also much easier to select whole words thanks to a 'chunking' selection method.

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Cool features like instant translation are available from the text selection menu. / © ANDROIDPIT

Delete screenshots from notifications shade

In previous versions of Android, when you took a screenshot the only option you had straight from the notifications preview was to share it. In Marshmallow, you can now delete it too. This may not seem like a big deal, but if, like me, you take about a hundred screenshots a day, it's hugely convenient because you no longer have to go into your gallery to delete a poorly timed or duplicate screenshot.

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Marshmallow adds a delete screenshot option to the notifications preview. / © ANDROIDPIT

App links

Another long-standing irritation with Android is the way it handles app links. Previously, you seemed to have to repeated tell the system to always open certain links with a certain app, only to have to repeat the process again and again. This seems to have finally been solved with Marshmallow.

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Marshmallow is now much better at knowing which apps you want to handle which links. / © ANDROIDPIT

Silent mode/priority notifications

Silent mode is back in Android Marshmallow, along with a fairly confusing new volume setup. When you press the volume button you'll get a single volume slider, which can be expanded to reveal ring volume as well as media volume and alarm volume.

In the quick settings menu, tapping the sound toggle will bring up a mini-menu for 'Do not disturb', where you can turn the feature on and off as well as select from three modes: total silence, alarms only or priority only. Exceptions can be added via the sound and notifications menu.

It's actually more clearly worded than it was in Lollipop but still seems too complicated for something as simple as volume settings. This is one area you're going to want to spend some time getting your head around.

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Volume control on Marshmallow is a little confusing, but offers much better options. / © ANDROIDPIT

Direct share

I've complained before about Android's awful multi-tasking abilities. It works, but it's clumsy, slow and not very intuitive. Marshmallow attempts to make things a little more intuitive, but unfortunately doesn't quite hit the nail on the head.

Direct Share is a new feature. It doesn't work everywhere yet, but the idea is that when you hit the share picker, instead of just seeing a list of apps, you'll see some contacts at the top as well. Theoretically you can instantly share the content with that person rather than head to an app in which you then need to choose a contact.

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Marshmallow's share picker now also includes direct links to your favorite contacts. / © ANDROIDPIT

The idea is nice but Android is highly unlikely to be able to get both the contacts you want plus the app you want to use to share the content right. It feels like putting the message before the medium. So instead of clumsy and slow, you get predictive and wildly inaccurate.

Chrome custom tabs

Android Marshmallow now provides developers with custom Chrome tabs. This is basically a Chrome-based in-app mini-browser that developers can use to display web page content within their app (like an FAQ or Help page), rather than having a user bounce from their app to a web app and possibly not make it back.

Developers can color and brand the Chrome custom tab to look as much like part of their app as possible. The popup browser draws over the top of the original app, and supports basically all the features of the full version of Chrome itself, but with dedicated tweaks specifically for that app that's using it, such as an embedded share button specifically for their app.

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Multitasking on Marshmallow is sadly not much improved. / © ANDROIDPIT

Double tap to launch camera action

With the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 devices received a feature that the newer Nexus 5X and 6P models already had: the ability to launch the camera with a double-tap of the Power button. This feature is somewhat unreliable, and frequently puts the device to sleep instead, but it may come in handy.

The verdict

Android Marshmallow isn't so much a revolution as a refinement of Android. The visual makeover of Android Lollipop now has a lot more depth beneath that shiny surface. Marshmallow is primarily about a few things: making Google services even easier to use; delivering better ways to access and manage apps; addressing core system weaknesses like battery life and security; and delivering more customization and user-facing controls to stock Android.

Marshmallow makes Android easier to use than ever before. At the same time, Android 6.0 adds a layer of advanced features for those that want to make use of them. There's also a lot of tidying up and straightening out of Lollipop's kinks.

Marshmallow makes more sense than Lollipop and improves on its predecessor in terms of performance, battery life and feature set. Marshmallow isn't perfect, but its beauty is more than skin deep. There's a lot beneath the surface for those that go looking.

What are your thoughts on Android Marshmallow? What features are you still waiting on?

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  • Mark R. Sep 24, 2014

    android M is already old news, I'm interested in Android N which will coincide with the launch of Google Nano - a set of nanobotic elements which are injected into the body and allow the human brain to work as mass storage plus combines Glass and a phone directly into our neural networks. Every aspect of our persona can be uploaded and stored for later...maybe its time I took a break...

  • Derek Rossiter Mar 31, 2016

    I've just updated my S6 to marshmallow and wish I hadn't bothered, it has changed loads of settings most of which I have managed to reset but one that I can't is the lock screen, previously I used to only input my swipe pattern, but since the update I have to swipe to the side which now exposes the pattern pad and I have to enter my pattern as well (which is a pain)
    It also has some picture / image as the lock screen which I am unable to change (my home screen for instance is just a standard plain colour )
    I also have no content in the user manual
    Can anyone help
    Can I go back to the lollipop

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  • Talking about marshmallow at this point of time when android nougat has been launched will not be a good idea. The new split-screen multitasking and multi-window mode in nougat is a must to check. Sadly Nexus 5 the favourite of many people will not be getting the nougat update.
    Marcus Miller// Manager, www.enterprisemonkey.com.au

  • To be clear, in the new permissions model rogue apps can still access the internet, they just can’t access any of your data so what they can do with the internet access is severely limited.

  • I hate the update. I had a great device, Note 5. The update turned it into a piece of crap. They ruined a lot of stuff and my battery drains twice as fast (if not quicker than that) as it did before. I had no intentions of downloading after reading all the negative reviews. I did it on accident and believe me the download was worse than a car accident I once had...I can understand fixing errors but changing shit just for the sake of change is wrong...it's called job security for some idiot somewhere in the basement...

  • How About Android marshmallow?There are many certain key features they are offering in Android M.

  • Hi, As per new update in my mobile lenovo A7000 I found it is an marshmallow, so I have done with an update. And it was simple good, quite easy to access also I like feature which have an option to act your external ROM as an internal storage, but although I'm satisfied with the new version 6.0 I have seen one drawback were I didnt get the solution..I'm from Chennai so I am using Chennai SIM itself, but when I insert the SIM in slot it detects and show's Romming symbol as I have checked Mobile romming settings too were it is Off. but it stays on and when I use it doesn't take any romming charges this would clearly says that there is no issue with SIM. Also I checked my SIM other devices it doesn't show any romming symbol and I confirm there is no issue with SIM..So I confirm there might be issue with an OS..

    Any solutions please do reply...

  • All the new updates are quite good.... I loved the marshmallow update but after the update of marshmallow, my battery started draining so much when the mobile is not in use for example: in night time....

  • its me 8 months ago Link to comment

    my s5 has stopped charging after marshmallow update. it asked to download some sort of app. but i donot kno which one. help me to solve this problem

  • I am having Moto G (3rd generation) mobile android 5.1, Today I updated mobile with android 6.0. After successfully updation of mobile, I am watching that it is not showing in my desktop computor. What I have to do. Please guide. Please notify me at my e-mail drashokb117@gmail.com

    Ashok Kumar

  • I have lava iris x1 selfie how i get marshmallow update

  • Amanda H. 9 months ago Link to comment

    Love the update.

  • Su' Anne 9 months ago Link to comment

    how to download the latest version for my samsung note 2?

  • Ute 9 months ago Link to comment

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 and this update really, really, really sucks!!!! First, I don't get any email notifications anymore until I turned off the power saving mode. So much for battery savings :-( Now I noticed that I can't save my contacts to my homescreen anymore for easier access. I wish I had never updated my phone. Does anybody know how to fix this problem or go back to the previous version? I would really appreciate the help. TIA.

  • Tim 10 months ago Link to comment

    My complaint: The S Pen no longer collects multiple images... That I can tell.

  • I have a Nexus 6 and I have been saying since I got the damn marshmallow update that is sucks. Yes it is faster than lollipop but it charges slower, kills your battery 2 times as fast, phone runs hot if you run any games, constant wifi disconnects, I'm sure there are more but those are the issues I am still having. I loaded a custom lollipop ROM just see if I was still right and yep, runs much smoother, no wifi issues, it is a little slower though. Charges 2 times as fast, battery last easy 20% longer. Unfortunately some apps don't work well on the older custom ROM so I am back to Marshmallow for the time being. Come on Android N, fingers crossed it will be awesome, like lollipop was.

  • I have two extra features. One is that it randomly starts swiping the screen like crazy and after that it gets frozen for 10 or so seconds. The other one is that it customizes some games so they are a black screen with amazing green pixels instead of the game. It is massive fun!

  • I am an android developer. I have been developing android lockscreen app using lockscreenservice on android studio and almost completed it. But I found a serious problem on Marshmollow(6.0) when I restart my LG phone.
    To restart the lockscreen(refreeze) automatically when android phone is active, I used autostart feature in my code.
    All are perfect on my sumsung phone and 5.0 version(Lollipop). How to solve this problem?
    My app is getting ready to go the market(Google play store). We are enormous team has 10~15 members to develop mobile application. We guess it is an bug of marshmallow. Looking forward to hearing from you

    Thank you

  • I have an HTC One XL. Since I upgraded to Marshmallow, I cannot locate any photographs I take with this device. Instead of finding them in Gallery, I have Albums, none of which contain my photographs, and Events and a couple of other options, all of which are empty. Is there any way to find my photographs?

  • Terry P 11 months ago Link to comment

    What you are forgetting is that this is what the "Android" version of Marshmallow looks like - your phone manufacturer has the ability to make it their own. For instance I use an HTC and HTC has always used a vertical scrolling screen for apps. So the reason you may have something different is because your system, i.e. Samsun, HTC, etc. has it set that way.

  • Never, ever has there been an update that actually improved something ...it's always negarive.
    The finger print doesn't work to unlock the phone after a reboot, WHY??!? I really would love to hear the justification for less security and more pain in the butt after a reboot.
    Why did you change predictive text? Why did you change thre way the entire word would go away when you make a mistake using swipe ?
    Just... I wish I never updated. I'm amazes at how you guys are such genius level app designers....but updates are left to the B team...

  • Clogalis 11 months ago Link to comment

    I'd like to know where this new app drawer is that you are talking about. I still have the old horizontal scrolling one but now it's much worse because the sort alphabetically button is gone

  • I updated my one plus 2 with marshmallow. I am not being able to hear my ringtone ever since. I can hear notifications and alarms but am missing calls as the phone doesn't ring even though the volume adjustments are full everywhere. Nit sure what to do. Please suggest

  • I wish i could find half of what you say is in the marshmallow update but no.
    My app drawer is still paginated lists and the extra options on app long press don't exist.
    No U.I. tuner.. I can press on the settings cog all day and nothing but the settings menu when I let go.
    I don't have the notifications "peeking" setup but rather the same old lolipop style where I have to toggle the notification "previews" just like before.
    I haven't sorted out all the other things I'm missing but for the most part all I see here is rounded corners on icons, the new android 6.0.1 designation in about device, google settings, the file explorer (pointless as hell since I already had one pre-installed since I owned the phone) oh.. and the addition of a couple pre-loaded apps that suck like a Hoover. (App for increasing gain/volume on recorded music ((with a crap 3.6 rating to boot)) and a dictionary).
    What an utterly disappointing fail.
    Samsung galaxy Note 4 on Rogers.

  • Are you reviewing the same MM as me? I've just installed it and can see hardly any difference (except the loss of stamina). Vertically scrolling app drawer? How? Where?

  • Heath T 11 months ago Link to comment

    Updated my S5 a couple of days ago, and I am sorry I did. The phone randomly locks itself and takes 3-5 minutes to unlock after I enter my password. The battery only lasts about 2 hours while browsing, and about 4 hours on standby. The locking and battery problems are deal breakers, preventing me from doing my job. My company provides iPhones, so I will now be switching, after having an android for years.

  • Everything is kinda messed up. When my phone is plugged in and charging, I have to unlock my phone TWICE. Once by swiping, then the next by going to my actual lock screen and going through my normal unlocking. Also, I can no longer change my alarm tone to anything besides Morning Flower, Hangouts Message, and Hangouts Call. These may not sound important, but the alarm tones issue especially is really messing up my routine!!

  • Mark B 11 months ago Link to comment

    Why does everybody keep saying Android lollipops volume controls are so confusing? I thought they were fine because they had FOUR volume controls: ringtone, media, notifications, system. With the Android marshmallow update they removed the notifications volume, so now there are only THREE volume controls: ringtone, media, system. Now I am unable to adjust the volume from my app notifications SEPARATELY from my ringtone. Whose bright idea was this?

    • No pal, I have the lollipop still on moto-e-2ndgen ( get reminded daily about M update ) and only have three volume options Auidio Effects: Sound: 1) Media volume 2) Alarm volume 3) Ring volume.
      Also when I read ppls comments on how their external sd card got manipulated, and it not working on a pc for file transfers ( had mtp on old phone know this was annoying) it made me halt on the new o/s.

  • since I upgraded to this, I can't see the names of the caller when I receive a call. only the number. even for people in my contact lists

  • hellow guys ...
    i was updated this version marshmallow 6.0.1 is my (SAMSUNG Galaxy S6) this version is so good
    but their is one problem .. when i will connect my internet to my devise so then my mobile will not connect properly. when my mobile connect to wifi devise showing CAN'T CONNECT NOW.. so i humbly request to the admin please solve this issue urgently........

  • Just updated my Note 5, and no issues, i see the email option when u swipe the email to right it gives you more options. and swipe from top of screen gives more options.

  • Just updated my AT&T S6 to Marshmallow. So far it's just confusing to me and I don't see much of a difference. Except now there's no weather on my lock screen, and the fingerprint unlock doesn't work. I have to use my backup password every time.

  • When i try to view a contact on my lg g3 after this new update it say contacts have stopped and I can never view them.

  • My sony Xperia Z3 Compact has issues with Marshmallow, the biggest is that when I call people o people call me, the voice is very low and sounds distant and muffled, the noise suppression option which fixed this issue back in lollipop is now not available. Also loved the stamina and ultra stamina battery saver mods, it would great if they could be reinstated. Voice quality is the most basic and important feature of a phone, and I use my phone to speak to clients, this is a big deal and needs to be fixed right away. Please sony fix this issue right away

  • I supposedly have Marshmallow on my LG G4 and my settings aren't like any of these they show! My apps scroll sideways, I can't find Doze, I don't have SD settings, etc.

  • I just updated to 6.0.1 and im not liking the text messaging. I know it sounds silly, but I like the fact that I could change the background and my text boxes. I would like for them to let us go back to changing the text boxes, or I will need to find a different texting application. I do hope that they put that feature back in with the next update.....

  • how with zte blade s7....get update..??

  • This marshmallow update has messed up my phone! When I text ppl, it shows it's coming from my husband's phone. I called and they reset his phone, thought it's fixed but still happening. Contacts pics are on the wrong contact name. My galaxy S3 was better than the S6 I now have had for 1 year & hate it! I can only attach 4 pics when sharing, it's getting worse with each update. It's B.S that they mess our phones up with bogus updates, yet we have to pay a small fortune for a new phone!

  • CJ Brown Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Definitely a well-written and researched articles (look how many replies have occurred - that tells me this article definitely caught my interest upmost androidpit members) ...


    I am quite content with my Android OS Lollipop 5.2, even though there are many features that OS Marshmallow offers which have captured my interests (with the exception of fingerprint scan - as my ZTE doesn't offer that). It seems logical with Android OS N about to be introduced that I would rather push to have that vs. Marshmallow :)

  • Majkl Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    So is there a possibility to use that Micro SD card as internal storage or not. As new owner of Xperia M4 aqua this is the most important feature for me.

  • I have to select several photos at a time and send to clients, this feature is gone now on my album, can anyone give me a way to accomplish this, please?!?

  • Now when watching or even just listening to music on a youtube video once the screen goes black the video stops. Never did this before and want to know if there is a fix for this? I've always had my display to stay on only for 15 seconds before going black to conserve battery life and it never had this problem of the video stopping before. HELP!

  • I had to get a work around to get the greyscale mode (when in power saving mode) back from Lollipop to 6.0.1. In settings go to about device. Click build number 7 times. Then in developer options you need to go to "simulate color space" and set it to monochromacity. Not as simple to go from colors to monochrome with 1 button by turning on/off power saving mode as in lollipop, but this is the ONLY work around I have found. If anyone knows a way to do this with a shortcut hotkey 1 button press without having to go through menus would be appreciated@!

    • I had to switch to none as my security to stop that, which is not really a fix

      • Were you meaning this reply to answer my question about the lock screen flashing? I don't see how disabling the security would have anything to do with getting a greyscale display. Please elaborate on what you meant. Thanks.

  • After getting the 6.0.1 update the lock screen will flash for 2 seconds and then show home screen for 2 seconds and it keeps cycling back and forth even if the screen is unlocked. I have to try to swipe fast enough before it flashes to get to home screen and this happens every time the phone's screen times out or goes to black. Is there a fix to this as it is very annoying!

  • VERIZON T-MOBILE AT&T WHEN ARE WE COMING OUT WITH MARSHMALLOW UPDATE FOR THE NOTE 4 HELLO

  • My comments on updating 6.0.1 on Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in India:
    https://www.androidpit.com/android-marshmallow-features-and-patches?c=2089231#comment2089231

  • I have a problem in this Version 6.0.1
    is Automatically In silent mode , Or vice versa ? !!!!
    My Device It is (SAMSUNG Galaxy S6)

  • Veh Apr 16, 2016 Link to comment

    For a moment I thought I was reading about Android N. I've had Android M for ages now (Nexus 6), and being sleep deprived, it confused the shit out of me.

    "The option to delete screenshots from the notifications bar", that's when I realized.

  • I noticed they finally gave the alarm on my Note 5 more options. It used to only allow 5 minute snooze intervals now it can be 10. Glad such a basic feature is back

  • Dwarfer66 Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Still waiting for XSA firmware here in Australia.

  • the more i read about marshmallow the more I'm thinking i don't want it, sonys stamina mode is far better than doze until Sony puts it back on in future updates i think i will give it a miss for the bit of difference it's going to make

  • I have a Samsung s6 phone and the one thing I do not like, is that I lost my live lock screen wallpaper. I liked to see the weather effects on the screen. I know they had to remove it for the doze feature to work correctly, since it ran in the back ground and would stop it from doing the doze thing. But I do like the Tap feature which saves me the time of copy and pasting into the search engine to find information about something by just selecting it and click on web search.

  • i have upgraded the my mobile phone Lenovo K3 Note android 5.0 lollipop to android marshmallow 6 which misses some good features of lollipop . in lollipop there was a option to change any video language if it is in dual language which is not present in android 6 marshmallow. i am really up sate with this new feature of android 6. even android 6 doesn't support most of the app i have downloaded on older version of android. i hate little bit this new version of android 6 marshmallow. can i uninstall the android 6 marshmallow and download the again lollipop ?

  • Obviously, Marshmallow was designed by ISIS, right? THEY HATE US! DROID HATES US!

  • Why must they always change background colors, text menu is now white? $600 for a phone that I can't change colors or fonts without hacking it with some app. The average user is not concerned with most of this crap, we want to personalize it.. don't have them choose what we are stuck with.

  • i hate it and i hope the person who made it is dignosed with all the terminal illnesses

  • So just a very simple question about devices - I've got a Galaxy S6, and it did the update today, but half of these features aren't applicable to the 'new' update on my phone.
    Is that due to the device or the age or something like that?

  • And, has any one else experienced the double screen lock, swipe then enter password, due to the update? If so, any help on getting rid of it?
    -Galaxy S6 Edge

  • What happened to the text preview that would scroll across the top of the screen? Also, why no text preview box while in messages as opposed to every other thing that might be open?
    -Galaxy S6 Edge

  • DJM Apr 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Kind of lame.. I don't ask for much.. but now the photo collage feature is gone. Who can I write about this?

  • like it, everything looks a bit better especially the top swipe menu on my edge plus, somehow fixed my fast charging too. has more settings like the cache cleaner and the advanced battery saver is gonna basically double your battery

  • Hate this update!!!!

  • I've just updated my S6 to marshmallow and wish I hadn't bothered, it has changed loads of settings most of which I have managed to reset but one that I can't is the lock screen, previously I used to only input my swipe pattern, but since the update I have to swipe to the side which now exposes the pattern pad and I have to enter my pattern as well (which is a pain)
    It also has some picture / image as the lock screen which I am unable to change (my home screen for instance is just a standard plain colour )
    I also have no content in the user manual
    Can anyone help
    Can I go back to the lollipop

  • im update my os android 6.0 in my lenovo k3 note but most off them are not working ? how to degraded my os 6.0 to 5.2 can u any 1 help me plz?????

  • This is a nightmare. I have a Motorola Moto G2. After being hounded mercilessly (you know what I mean) to upgrade, I finally gave in and went to Marshmallow. Now I can't text. I can't receive them and I can't send them. Anytime I get a notification that I have a text, I click on my messaging icon (or I swipe/tap the message that pops up at the top of my screen) and I immediately get a black screen with the message "Unfortunately, Messaging has stopped." If I try to send a new message to someone, I get the same screen. Also, every time I power off my phone, it goes off and then just re-starts immediately. This version of android won't even let me turn off my phone!

    • Great - it continues to get worse. I also can't access email, and when I plug the phone into my laptop, nothing shows up as data (I used to do this periodically to remove some photos and save them to my computer). Now I can't move the photos that are on the phone to my computer, and the phone itself keeps telling me it's detected a new SD card - meaning all the pics, videos, etc. that were on my card are gone. What a disaster!

  • Mike Senn Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

    They are absolute assholes for combining the the ringtone volume control with the text notification volume control. Absolute assholes. I don't want that f#cking text noise going off at all but I need my ringer to go off. Now I can't turn off the damn racket from all these texts. WTF?!. Who is the f#ckwit that approved that move?

    • Do you have the Nexus? If not, I wouldn't worry too much about that as each company has added their own 'skin' to android as well. If you do, I suggest getting a different phone, such as the Samsung S series or the Note series.

    • Try one of the Volume Lock apps in the Play Store.

  • Rajavel Mar 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi
    Am Using Lenovo K3 Note
    Android 6.0 Latest updated in my mobile, But most of the apps like FB messenger , Player and games are Not Working
    could you help me how to resolve this problem :)

    • Had the same problem. Just remove Facebook and Messenger, and all the apps that are not working all of a sudden, re-install and you're good to go.

  • jw33c Mar 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Can Android M allow you to turn "on & off" cellular data on specific apps? Is this one of the permissions you can adjust under "app permissions"?

  • Sorry but Im very technically minded yet Im totally confused about the Marshmallow upgrade. Ive just got the Galaxy S7 Edge which comes with Marshmallow as standard & just came to the site to try and get to grips with what the upgrade invoved. My head is now spinning & I'm non the wiser. Ive spent the last 4 years with HTC One's so switching to Samsung mobiles is a culture change to start with (everything seems to be reversed!) so all this review just seems to be gobbledy gook - maybe Im just getting old! Theres not a single item I understand for the new os. Maybe I'll just crack on with my S7 edge & hopefully I'll pick up on the pro's n con's of marshmallow that way.

    • I use to have HTC way back in the day - starting with the HTC EVO and then the HTC EVO 4g for Sprint. What part of the update are you confused on and I have since then switched to the Samsung Note Series, however my next phone will be the Edge + when that comes out.

  • Jeff W Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Waiting patiently for the Samsung S6 edge update from T-mobile. Hopefully it will be soon. They had said that feb/Mar possible update but no such luck and they have had it from Samsung for awhile now. Unless someone has heard different could they please let me know.

    • Same here on AT&T.

    • Friend of mine has Samsung Galaxy S5 on EE (Orange/T-Mobile in UK) n had Marshmallow for a while now. Not sure where you're located but it could be down to mobile model/manufacturer that's holding your upgrade up. I had the HTC One M7 & HTC already stated they will not upgrade the OS for that model as they now class it as "out of date & uneconomical " to upgrade even though it's only 24 months old. With the S6, I can't see this being down to the model so suspect it's down to the network operator dragging their heels

  • EXO FIRST Mar 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Example.... When my phone is upgraded into marsmallow version,will the ROM and RAM increase????
    yes or No ???

  • Danny Mar 13, 2016 Link to comment

    actualize a android m y depsues de unos dias del tener el m se me apaga cada minuto no se que hacer y coloco de nuevo el ftf por flash tool y sigue igual alguna solucion o a alguie como le a ido con la nueva actualizacion de android marshmallor con los z5 ayuda

  • 6.0.1 update on Samsung Note 5 SUCKS!!!!! If I could uninstall I would!!!

    • Hi, can you please tell what sucks about it? I'm afraid to download something so major cuz when they did a major update on the 5 to lollipop it sucked really bad. Now we're going to marshmallow from lollipop. I don't want to have the same experience. Thank you.

      • Well, when you are on Nexus 5, I can tell you that I have update on Marchmallow last year and haven't any problems. It is worth to update; there is no reason for afraid.

      • I just upgraded my Note 5. It is working just fine from what I can see. Only thing is you have to make sure you give some App Permissions when you start up apps for the first time, so you can kind of get stuck in a loop especially with SideSync!

  • My Nexus 5 is suck in vibrate with no sounds. Acts like it is in DND. I am rooted and factory reset through bootloader. Still no sound. Very frustrating.

  • Marshmallow looks and feels almost exactly like Android 5.0 Lollipop save for a very scant layer of OS housecleaning. While there are some important changes happening behind the scenes like a new fingerprint sensor API (which will only be of use depending on your device) or a battery-saving feature called Doze, there's nothing truly revolutionary from a UX point of view.
    While Marshmallow doesn't reinvent the mobile wheel in any meaningful way, it still manages to pack in some cool new features that you'll want to check out. Here are nine new features we're pretty excited about (and might make us overlook the Android ecosystem's many, many faults).

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  • I have a motorola moto g 2nd gen, and this update completely messed up my phone... half the main functions don't work anymore...

  • I really hated the new bold font clock in the locked screen. Is there a way to have the thin font back?

  • This upgrade sucks. Loks like the software idiots decicde to play god again and fd everything I use up

  • ANY one using Honor 4x? How to get update for Honor 4x?

  • I never happy with this site because it never tell the detail of Lenovo mobiles

  • How do you get the new emojis? I just did the update today on my lg g3 and my emojis are the same. Thank you

  • Jay Rude Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    And this is why android will forever and always lose to IPhone. Its so simple that its either they know about and just dont care or really havent notice, but its is the lack of updates for older model phones. Look at apple, you can still install the latest IOS on the IPhone 5, which came out a few years ago while, android abandon their old phone and keep moving forward so you have to dish out 700 - 1000 for the latest phone which is crazy when the phone is about a year old or in Samsung case a few months old.

    • The only reason why you apple users choose to stay with the same old phone for more than 3 years is because your shit looks the same year after year. The 6 is the only one to date that i can actually say looks somewhat different. My mother is an iphone user and she simply loves it because it's, basic. She finally has said she doesn't like her 6+ compared to her last phone other than the size. So i'll stay with my droid and stay happy with my excellent features. Oh, and yes, my phone feels a ton snappier with this update even though it was fast already. LG-G4 OUT!

    • With every new is iPhone makes the last line of phone is phased out, that's why Iphone 4s won't be upgradable to iOS 10

    • San Mil Feb 19, 2016 Link to comment

      You keep saying "Android" isn't supporting old phones but old phone support is is different from one manufacturer to the next and differs depending on the level of the phone. Plus manufacturer's need time to develop their own tweeks on top of the OS. Flagships tend to be supported longer and cheaper phones are not. Apple manufacturers maybe 3 tiers of phones in a given generation (I'm not including differences in storage) and supports a generation and half back, so they will support 6S to 5. That's fewer models than most manufacturers make because other companies are targeting a wider variety of consumer. But if you are only looking at flagship phones, Samsung might release Marshmallow for their flagship phones going back to the S4 (based on the last rumor i read). That's on par with Apple.

  • Why no Update for huawei mate 7

  • The new emoticons are horrible. Can I change back to the old ones?

  • Android Lollipop vs KitKat Features Preview!
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEcT867X74

  • I am using a Samsung Galaxy S4 4G LTE. Model GT-I9505. Version 4.4.2 Is there a way to update it?

    • Greg1100 Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

      My wife's S4 is a GTi9505 and which is on Lollipop 5.0.1 and that's where it will stop. UK Giffgaff
      My S3 Galaxy Gti9300 is on Marshmallow 6.0.1- a four year old phone. Resurrection Remix rom and Nova Launcher.. Uk Giffgaff

  • After updating my LG G4 from Lollipop to Marshmallow I can longer check RAM usage in the same way as before. I want to see realtime RAM usage, not "average usage the last 3/6/12/24 hours", did they really remove this basic feature!?

  • Hi,
    I have upgraded Marshmallow 6.0 on 31st January 2016. After upgrading Marshmallow 6.0 on my Moto X Play from India, I observed Email icon disappear(removed automatically). Only Gmail icon is available. Now I am seriously puzzled how I will maintain corporate mail through Mail for Exchange and personal mail Gmail & Yahoo. Previously all 3 types mail would appear under Email icon.

    Now I found all three mails are under Gmail icon. Here is the problem if new mail come to gmail then I get the notification but other two mail boxes like Yahoo and Mail for exchange mail is coming, but I am not getting notification inspite of those two mail boxes setting tick is already given in chech box of mail notification.

    This is serious problem how Email icon removed automatically during Marshmallow update on Moto X Play. Only this problem I found after up gradation to Marshmallow till now.

    Kindly guide me how Email icon I can get back on device Moto X Play on OS Marshmallow 6.0

  • Agerkvist Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm on a HTC one m8 updated to Android 6 and Sense 7 and I'm not seeing half of these changes on my phone...can't unlock the system tuner ui, no new lock screen, no google now on tap, no new app drawer...

    What am I missing? Thanks 😊

  • sandeep Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

    i am using samsung galaxy j7... whether it will suport android 6.0 ? whether it can be update?

  • I have also noted that my mobile battery drains faster than before. please if there is a way of changing IMEI on this new update please help.

    • Give it time to settle down, imei fix would soon be available though its illegal in some countries

    • My LG G3 is also Draining 3 times faster then normal. I would get a whole day out of a battery, now charging it 3 times a day. IT wont even last half the day. So frustrating.

  • I installed the new update few days ago on my infinix hot2, but after installation, i could not find any thing on my phone memory, i totally lost my files but my installed apps where still intact, and the space left on my phone storage was still the same as if there where files on it.
    the new update also brought slow responds on my phone, the USB storage is not connecting on pc, And the worse is that i can cant change my IMEI

    • Check a imei by dialing *#06# if you did ota update you won't lose your imei except you factory reset your phone after the update

  • Ashu Jan 26, 2016 Link to comment

    I have micromax Android one recently i got a new update of 6.0.1 but when i start it .it show error in installing

  • Hi i have a moto x play, after updating to marshmallow my phone also got slow.. a lot of basic things got slow. worst part is my MX Player got slow. it takes time to open and exit videos.

  • For me its difficult creating an event on my calendar after upgrading to the M. always gives me this message "calendar storage disabled enable in settings" tapped the "enable in setting " still no respite. Any help from someone

  • I have used Nexus 7 tablet since few days ago, Android 6.0 OS but somtimes the touch screen is not worked or slow response. I do not know what the reason is :(

  • I have a moto G turbo, after updating to marshmallow my phone also got slow.. a lot of basic things got slow. worst part is my gallery got slow. it takes time to open and exit any album. i didn't expected this from a stock android. :(

  • I installed the new marshmallow update on my Moto X Play phone a few days ago. I had read that the new android will be good for the mobile battery. But its just on paper. I have noted that my mobile battery drains a bit faster now. Although my phone does feels faster and smoother than before, but it has made the battery backup worse. Another friend of mine had a similar issue with his Moto G 3.
    I am disappointed on the battery front. I hope google finds a solution to this and fix it with an update soon.

  • Wow... this article although informative, is TLDR incarnated! Next time something with so much to explain and that many images to go with it will make for another TLDR article, please consider turning it into a video article as it will be far more enjoyable, since videos are perfect to pack more content and info in a more pleasant way to be "consumed" by viewers. It will also be way faster to go through and will reach a much wider audience. That said, thanks for the article! :)

  • waiting for samsung galaxy note 5 marshmallow update
    Reasons :
    1. Is very new
    2.I bought the phone 📱
    3. Is so higher in price
    4. I love ❤ M 6.0

  • waiting for samsung glaxy s5 marshmallow update

  • worst operating system ever ever I have seen....
    speed is good not best as jelly bean or kitkat....
    I hated google updates from lolipop
    lag is common feature

    • Don't blame Google, the stock Android M works very well, even on older devices like the Nexus 5. Companies like Samsung just put a lot of bloatware in it, then it's slow. Motorola's and Sony's modifications are ok.

      • Brother i have a moto G turbo, after updating to marshmallow my phone also got slow.. a lot of basic things got slow. worst part is my gallery got slow. it takes time to open and exit any album.

  • Still waiting for it on samsung s6 edge +

  • Get Google Now on tap
    Google Now on Tap is the biggest new feature here and is activated with a long-press on the Home button.

    Make the most of USB Type-C


    Manage permissions more easily
    It was obvious that iOS had it right as far as transparent, granular app permissions were concerned, and Android Marshmallow admits as much, because it now has a very similar system.

    Use a fingerprint as security

    Let your device Doze
    Doze is Marshmallow’s new battery management trick: It puts your device into something close to airplane mode when you’re not using it.

    Swipe left to access voice controls

    Monitor device memory usage
    In recent versions of its mobile OS, Google has been giving users more information on local storage, battery usage, and so on. With Android Marshmallow, details of the state of your device’s memory are added, too. Tap on the Memory entry in the Settings app to see what’s on offer.

  • User A. Jan 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Been using my NX5 for about a month. All in all it seems ok on speed. What I miss is the ability to just glance at the phone to see if I got any text msgs or missed any call WITHOUT unlocking the phone. Being an older user and having played with II's and cpm, I have yet to find a good tutorial on how to do custom boots. Don't really want to blow up my phone! :)

    • Not sure from your description whether it's the same issue, but my Nexus 5 started showing "Contents hidden" for text messages, emails, etc. shortly after I upgraded and enabled Android Pay. This can be changed with a new setting under "Sound & notification" – there's a line that says "When device is locked" and you can set it to "Show all notification content", "Hide sensitive notification content", or "Don't show notifications at all". The "Hide" setting basically hides everything except navigation, as far as I can tell.

  • How can i access the system UI tuner? Have searched almost evrywer in settings. But couldn't find it.

    Am using a Moto X play. Pls anyone help.

    • Pull the drop down status bar, you will see the settings icon right next to the battery icon, keep the settings icon pressed until it starts spinning fast, hold on to it for a little while and then let go of it. Your system UI tuner is then active. I'm using a Moto X Play as well. Cheers!!

  • What changes would occur if I upgrade to marshmallow version on my Moto X play?

    • M using a x play, have updated the software today and i got my device faster than ever. please read the article carefully, u can see almost all the points there in ur device.
      i could find almost evrything except "Text Selection, Translation, System UI tuner" .

      Hope I can try those items too in the coming days.
      My suggestion for u s to go for it.

    • I dont know for Moto X, buth I belive that is worth to instal Marchmallow on Moto X too.I have it on Nexus 5 and I dont see why wouldnt good work on your Motox too. try it, it's nothing to lose.
      Good luck!

  • I have Marchmallow on my Nexus 5(2013) aboth mounth and half; it is great and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Des Wong Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I just hate how it gas sloeed my galaxy s4 dooown lag lag lag. Im so dorry to be one of these negative posts. I have slready tried the wipe cache etc but no difference.
    I hate the lag so much and the loss of my personalized features has pushed me to now change to an apple phone.

  • I like it A LOT!!

  • Nvidia Shield updated to M an hour ago.
    Love the merged storage for gaming and video!
    Good job Google!
    :-)

  • rocksjeff Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    The latest generation of Android will follow along nicely with the sweet-flavored names of the past, this time dubbed Marshmallow.

  • Zach Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    if ram just 2GB dont update marshmallow

    • Works GREAT with 2gb or ram on Shield. I suspect if you have a problem it's something other than the ram.

    • TofuVic Dec 22, 2015 Link to comment

      This seems like misinformation or an opinion. Many modern smartphones have 2GB of RAM and they are able to run Android 6.0 perfectly fine.

    • "Zach 2 weeks ago Link to comment
      if ram just 2GB dont update marshmallow"

      I totally disagree, I've been running M for 2 months on my Nexus 5, AND my S4 MINI (ONLY 1.3GB OF RAM) and its been 100% fast and stable ever sinse the first developer preview, now 6.01 is even better, and even with my old Samsung S4 minis dual core and 1.3GIG of ram its still MUCH FASTER THAN JB OR KITKAT!!!!!!!

      of course battery life's better as well
      As usual Googles got another winner.

      Of course my much faster NEXUS was fast before so I didn't notice much difference

      So Android M runs great on older slower hardware even dual cores with less than 1.5GB of ram.....runs better than great, MARSHMALLOW RUNS FASTER ON OLDER HARDWARE!!!!!!!!!!

    • If you are having trouble factory reset it. Almost always a factory reset will fix any problem.

  • Let’s go over all the features we will(or might) see on Android M:
    • Now on Tap
    • Permissions Management
    • SD Cards can be “merged” with internal storage
    • Android Pay
    • Native fingerprint authentication
    • Automatic app data backups
    • App Links (you’re going to see less of those “what do you want to open this in?” prompts)
    • Doze and App Standby
    • Multi Window(currently hidden, uncertain future)
    • Theming support(currently hidden, uncertain future)
    • Dark theme(removed, uncertain future)
    • Customisable Quick Toggles along with other UI tweaking
    • Visual Voicemail Support
    • Redesign of the Clock Widget and Music Identification Widget
    • New “Memory” Section in Settings(it was there before, but hidden)
    • Support for deleting screenshots directly through the notification centre after they’ve been taken
    • Landscape mode available for the Google Now Launcher(feature will likely be backported to older versions of Android)
    • New app and widget drawer with scroll bar support and vertical scrolling
    • Built-In File Manager receives a bump in functionality
    • Native tap to wake support
    • Ability to disable “heads up” or “peeking” notifications
    • Native 4K output support
    • Stricter APK validation
    • MIDI support
    • USB Type C support
    • New boot animation
    • Introduction of a “voice interaction” API to allow better interaction with voice actions in apps
    • Toggling battery saver by voice
    • Ability to undo and redo text changes with bluetooth keyboard shortcuts
    • Multi-selection to merge, delete or share has been added in the contacts application
    • Faster text selection along with a floating toolbar for text actions
    • Default apps UI
    • Direct share can allow you directly share stuff with contacts through the share menu
    • Much more granular app info
    • Native bluetooth stylus support
    • Split-screen keyboard
    • Better do not disturb along with repeat caller exceptions
    • Bluetooth scanning to improve location accuracy
    • Native flashlight API
    • Easier access to Multi volume controls(ringer, media, alarm)
    • Smoother volume scrubbing (credits to Jason Efstathiou)

    Putting all those features aside there are also a number of under-the-hood improvements that seem to have had a very positive impact on both performance and power usage.

    I’m puzzled as to how someone could call this a “minor” update.

  • rick Dec 20, 2015 Link to comment

    ya, when do i get this marshmallow thing. ill be looking at the s7 by the time i get it. i have s5 , 5.0, lollipop. just got the patch for stage fright 2 days ago.

  • Krishna s Dec 19, 2015 Link to comment

    I miss the old version. I hate how I have to unlock to see any alarms or msgs, just having it vibrate is useless. Also hate the new font for the lock screen

  • When will moto G3 get update for 6.0 Android

  • I understand and it understands me.

  • Most user comments are consumers here. At best these people type unlock at the bootloader. It's really sad what the average Android community has become. Vertical app draws hmm that wasn't in Android before ohh that's right only in the majority of builds. Almost everything Google does now is stolen from roms existing by real devs. This is just sad . Intellect is stolen I can't see why Google is so hard to work for they just jock everything from xda and cyanogenmod then call it Google. I do agree with one comment that the folder structure is retarded. Apps to SD and deleting Google bloatware since the G1 where you had to have skill to have a rooted phone. I will say Android pit does go in-depth however it's just a sales pitch at best. This is the second article that's making big deals of really mods that have been done. The fingerprint scanner will fail like facelock.

    • Perfectly said, I've used Android since day 1 with the G1 and you hit the nail on the head. The great devs over at XDA are having the features that they have developed stripped out of their source code and being passed off as if its Googles own work. Its a damn joke...

  • M3tthew Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    My favourite thing in a marshmallow is a Doze, it really works

  • Ive installed android 6 on my nexus 7 but now I cant see any folders on my PC when I connect my nexus via the USB cable. Ive tried uninstalling the drivers and re-installing, but still can't do it. anyone had the same problem?

    • TofuVic Dec 22, 2015 Link to comment

      After you connect your tablet to your PC, swipe down from the top and select the option to "Transfer Files."

  • Devs have had Tab Design control since 5.0 - not new in 6.0

  • So from what i understand...and please reply to me...that this update allows me to store more of my apps to my SDcard that i havent been able to before? Because that is the biggest issue with me right now, the storage problem with my current version

    • Yes my biggest problem writing to sdcard is the biggest problem and no carrier or phone manufacture gives a dam about our frustration!!! Of how bad Android screwed up there should be a class action lawsuit against Android but that will never happen......

    • No, that is soley on the app dev wanting to do that or not - most apps that use widgets dont "like" to be put on "hold" like that,and that whole thing of widgets wont work if you install an app on the SD card. The other problem is , no version of Anroid and NO app ever worried nor controlled the difference between the Internal SD "card" and the Ext SD card - it has ALWAYS, and is still the case in 6.0, just "SD Card" - taht REALLY pisses me off, especially when I reinstall a PAID app, fine, it recognizes I paid, BUIT NOPW it looks for a backup where? In 5.0 Android changed how that works, AND MANUFACTURERS screw it all up withj their idea of waht a fiokder structure is for the ASD Card - in Foryo through Gingerbread, it was just /sdcard or /ext_sdcard - now, in KK or 5.0 it's /sdCard0 or /sdCard/1/ HUH!? Yam, that is stupid.

      And, NO, the backup feature in 6.0 does NOT backup to any local card at all, ONLY a cloud - default is, you guessed it, Google Drive! That is also just stupid.

    • Yes 6.0 is suppose to let you write more to the sd card...

  • I have talked to Kyocera Corporate office and they explained to me I might as well hold my breath, and die if I am going to wait for metropcs to get Kyocera to write the marshmallow 6.0 update for the Kyocera hydro wave so if you have this phone throwing it against a brick wall it will do you about as much good as it does with the Android 5.1 operating system its a great phone to get rid of and two companys that don't give a dam about your problems with your phone is metropcs or Android they could care less about the problems you have but if you would like to voice your opinion about this phone call Kyocera Corporate office @(858) 882-1515

  • My personal review is a really long one, but if anybody wants to know the full details and experiences I had with this system, then bear with me here. I have a Nexus 5 smartphone, and I upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow about three weeks ago, when it came out.
    First off, I'll start with the pros. The best thing about 6.0 is the battery usage. Back when I had Android 5.0 Lollipop, my phone battery didn't even last a day with heavy usage, such as playing games that use up a lot of RAM. Now, I still play the same games and the same amount of overall usage, but my battery lasts nearly three times as long. The new Doze feature also does a good job of preserving the battery. Charging the phone lasts slightly longer than with Android 5.0, but it's worth it. The second good thing about this is the extra features that were added to the home drawer, and the settings. The new Memory setting is helpful so I would know how my phone is doing at anytime. And the new layout of the home drawer is also pretty handy, it's a lot easier to use and a lot smoother. The recent apps feature that is shown at the top of the drawer isn't really helpful. I haven't yet found a reason to use it, but I guess it doesn't hurt to know the apps you use the most.
    There's one other feature that is helpful... when it actually works. This brings me to the cons of Android 6.0. There's a new volume feature which if you press one of the volume rockers at any time, a small arrow appears facing downwards on the right hand side of the pop up window at the top of the screen. If you press that arrow, the window expands to reveal the media, alarm, and notification volume which you can adjust all three at one time. This feature is very similar to Samsung and other smartphones, but because Nexus hasn't had it since Android 6.0, it's relatively new to my experience. However, that volume feature is FULL of bugs. And I mean FULL. Out of the possibly 300 times I've tried to adjust the volume that way, only about 30 times has the thing actually done its job. And there's many different things that happen when it doesn't work; sometimes the arrow doesn't appear, sometimes it appears in the wrong spot, sometimes the entire window just doesn't appear (but the volume still changes), there was even a handful of times when I tapped once on the window to adjust the volume to my desire, and the volume either muted, or it jumped to max volume. But these glitches only happen occasionally. There is one thing that happens all the time since I got Android 6.0, and it still has to do with the new volume feature. Whenever I adjust the volume, regardless of what I'm doing in the background, what I adjusted it to, or what setting I adjusted, the volume window doesn't disappear after a few seconds, as it did with Android 5.0. Instead that thing floats there until I have to manually dismiss it by tapping on the screen. This is a new feature that is EXTREMELY inconvenient. When I watch YouTube videos, I have to pause the video just to adjust the volume (because of the fact that if you tap on the screen, you pause the video). It wouldn't be so bad if the pop up window didn't take up a quarter of the screen because it's so big that I am forced to dismiss it so I would continue on with what I was doing. This single thing is so bad that it overpowers what is good about the system.
    To conclude this really long article, I'll finish off with an overall rating of the system, based on the good and bad that they have added. On a scale of 1 to 100, I rate Android 6.0 a mere 47. Nice attempt to make it better, but it still requires a lot of bug fixes.

    • Regarding your battery and 5 vs 6 - you are of course using the same exact device and sd cards are not different or better (higher class), right?

  • Corporate users are suggested not to update to Android 6 now. There are 2 major issues. One, ActiveSync GAL search wouldn't work. This is a known bug. Two, corporate WiFi wouldn't work in Android 6. Corporate Admins would have to update firmware on Radius Server, according to developer forums. There are other issues like not seeing Android file system when connected to PC, few application incompatibility, etc.

  • I have updated my old nexus 6 to Marshmallow and I must say it's amazing.. Android 5.0 suck like anything specially with the energy consumption. Now my phone Runs for 4 days straight with any battery charging. OMG. Know i came to know it does not how good is your phone is. The thing that matters is the OS it has. Android 5.0 battery in less than one day. Android 6.0 battery dies at 5th day. Now i can truly understand the abilities of Nexus 6 with Android 6.0. Both are very powerful if combined..

    Thanks for Android for Android 6.0. (Now it will be stiff competition to Apple where now only brand's name not technology is been sold..)

    • OK, a bigger battery also helps 5.1.1, I have had a Turbo 2 for a week now and can go 18 hours before I get to 10% (from 98%) and with its Turbo Charge , I get to 100% in 1 hour and 10 minutes (from 10%). And I do ALOT with my "phone".

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    I was hoping to move apps to SD card on Lollipop. So happy that Marshmallow will finally allow me to do so.

  • I have one plus two invite of US. Anybody interested may contact me.

  • Marshmallow 6.0 is Love <3

  • Thanks for the article. Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix (or Hulu, or BBC, etc) on your Android.

    • M3tthew Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

      I'm also living outside of Usa, and cant use neflix, and it means that i need to pay fro proxy and them to pay for netflix :(

  • I was a little sceptical about doze, every year there are claims to improve battery efficiency and lifespan... but it really works...I usually use 10-15% overnight, now with doze it's a very noticeable 3-4%. well done Google.

  • Nice update, however not without issues. Just faced an issue with the GPS and location services in general.Found this post regarding the GPS problem.
    Issue 190376:Marshmallow: GPS issue (Not allowed yet to post links so Google this )
    In a nutshell, the GPS or location services just fails.Not sure what's causing it to fail.Hope Google picks this up quickly.I did as one suggested going back to M 5.1.1 and all issues vanished. (Have a Nexus 5 2013)

  • when android 6.0 releasing for LG L90 D410 mobile.. im waiting for that..
    i hate lollipop its not good. i find some blogs that by rooting we can upgrade.. is that safe to do?

    • Axel Hol Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

      I have always rooted my phones to be able to delete bloatware, current Note 3 i stepped over from MIUI to CM12.1 which is a very good rom. I suggest you try that. In my opinion if you follow the steps for your device to root it is without danger. You can see if your device is supported on cyanogenmod website. so far only android 5.1.1 (CM12.1) available but will start rolling out 6.0 (CM13)

  • HOWTO Inc Oct 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Lovely in-depth article. We've done a small summary of these fearures on *admin edit: promotional links not allowed* We also have a great iPhone 6S article is you're interested. Check it out :)

  • Nader Oct 19, 2015 Link to comment

    I udated mu Nexus 5 to Android 6 and my Kamera is not working. I can't use Mobilpay any more. I can't use Hangout either.
    Any idea!
    Here is the message I get, when I want to use the camera:
    This app won't work properly unless you allow Google Play Services all its permission requested.
    I have given all possible permission to all of my app, but result is the same.

  • That's really a goog post here...any way I am wainting to update my moto g 3rd gen with android m.

  • a62dave Oct 18, 2015 Link to comment

    "What is visual voicemail?". Looks like the same old Google Voice I have been using for voicemail for years.

  • Cannot get the home screen rotate on my nexus 6? and to get the system ui tuner you need to pull down the notifications bar first then tap and hold the gear icon until it enables it! it wont show up in developers options i looked. there is also no dark theme option in there!
    Update if you want home screen rotate go to play store get app set orientation

  • The Android 6 is not working properly in my mobile before I instal os is very good performance but now not good when I uninstalled the App its getting shutdown and Apps also not moving to SD card and performance is too slow Android 5 is 100 times better than to this...please solve my problem and send the previous OS.. Due to this even I am not using my mobile. Please solve the issue.. Thanks..
    My mobile model Micromax A1
    Mail ID nharinath0@gmail.com

  • Most Of These Features I've Already Got Them On My Xperia Z2 Including The Home Screen Rotation In Lollipop 5.0 And 5.1.2 ..
    So What's New For Us Xperia Users ? O.o

    The Only Thing I'm Looking Forward To Is The Battery Enhancement ,

  • This version not good for some mobile device . I update it 2 days ago in my mobile and mobile apps crashed & WIFI not working . What i do now , I feel annoyed . I cant work .

    My mobile Micromax Canvas A1 Model . Please give some suggestion .

  • yes i want to be thats ;indroid 6.0 marhsmallow I Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rom on My Galaxy this from perfect camera,wifi,sound,battery ... when have a wabsites i want all is visit from here ..
    *admin edit: promotional links are forbidden*

  • Hey, Nexus 5 here. I just installed the update and everything is working fine for me except on issue. Ever since I updated my system I've had so many adds. Push notification adds that come up on my lock screen and notification window. Anyone know how I would stop these from happening?

  • Developer Specs? Java 8 support? JavaFX 8 Support? AEP standard part of OS? ;)

  • we want extra player who is well fit that is 6.0.1

  • Uupgarde version not good, some apps like mubble, candy crush saga not working, please tell about how to back lollypop....

  • whether there is a smart phone that uses Android marshmallow oppo??

  • It should've been 5.1.2 instead of 6.0... And apps optimizations which took about 10 minutes - wtf? I don't want to optimize a bunch of crappy applications. Give me an option to choose what to optimize.

  • My Android One got 6.0, but battery is draining very fast. it cant even make it for 12 hrs in standby mode, even in battery saving mode. it just dropped my battery juice from 100 % to 25% within 4 hrs. Hell with it,

    dear google fix the issue or else give us back lollipop.

  • i upgarde nexus 7 than downgrade android 5.1.1 is good than android 6.0 marshmallow

  • Stupid update. Only made things uglier, and added things 90% of people will NEVER need. But to give us the goddamn option of changing the drop down menu shortcuts... Nooooooo .. Fuck you google!! Every other manufacturer has this ability, since forever, but nexus users get nothing. Fucking useless cunts.

  • Wow, almost none of those updates show up on my N5. This guy got a different OS or he is smoking peote. All the changes that are here as mentioned in this artcile I had from the 5.1 update. And now battery says from 90% charge I have 4 hours. This had better not be true!

  • Rotating home screen, BS, my N6 doesn't have that on M!

  • Check the list of devices to get the first official build of Cyanogen Mod 13 here- mytechalbum.com/list-of-devices-getting-first-official-cyanogenmod-13-build/

  • Hello I Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rom on My Galaxy S5 download this from www.goo.gl/hiWe2z all working perfect camera,wifi,sound,battery

  • How to update OS 6 for LG nexus 5?
    Please tell me friends

  • When I receive the phone call after upgrade to 6.0 using Nexus 5, I have one problem for now. I answer the phone call, have my conversation through the earphone, but when I want to hangup, it is not possible, because the screen stays turned off as if I keep it near my ear. And the power button doesn't help at all. I have to wait when my opponent hangs up to see the screen.

  • Hey.. In nexus 5,there used to be an option to keep the profile in none mode. Now after the update, it shows just sound n vibrate. How to change that n bring it to none?

  • No dark theme in developermode.

  • today my nexus 5 got the marshmallow update. everything is fine but i can´t use the landscape mode on the homescreen. anyone else with this problem?

  • just got the hang of lollipop, im gonna be reading articles like this like crazy...
    I like the new app drawer, vertical scroll seems more intuitive, and I can finally tap Amazon icon ( top left hand corner), which on a 5" plus screen I can't reach one handed, (yeah I can put on icon on homescreen but...)
    I was hoping that vertical scroll meant being able to scroll up as well as down...

  • Eli pro Oct 6, 2015 Link to comment

    Has the multiwindow feature made it into the final version

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 OK 6.0 không ??

  • About that 'improved copy, cut and paste' thing, you could always have long pressed an icon and a toast message about its function was shown.

  • Bill G Oct 1, 2015 Link to comment

    Google's plan to stop supporting Android software upgrades to phones when they reach 2 years in age tells me that their management are brain dead or that their tekkies are too lazy to develop upgrades for the older Androids. Example is the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 10 which runs perfectly well under 5.1.1 but isn't being supplied with 6.0. Why not??. Many of us can't afford to upgrade expensive hardware devices every 2 years. What's the solution for us? Switch to another OS such as Apple and ditch Android.....

    • you are totally right! I own a nexus 4 and a nexus 10 device and they work really fast .. it's google's shame if they dont give an update for us.. we are nexus users too! (sorry for my english, im greek)

    • Because apple is known for supporting older devices????

    • " Many of us can't afford to upgrade expensive hardware devices every 2 years" that is exactly why, forcing the costimer to get a new device if you want the new softwear, compeare this to apple who alowes ota updates of OS versions on hardware that baerly can handle it, learned that with an old ip4 witch became so laggy i wanted to throw it in to the wall.

      all i wish for is that they havent removed dark systheme permanently, im so sick of all the white.

  • With all that news I'v read on Nexus x, it will be a perfect device with strong harware and exelent software. It looks that the problems with battery and camera are gone; so we can be thankfuly to Google for new exelent mobile phone.

  • wow,so many waiting for the last Android version,wow,u all didn't were the same with the new windows,anyway,,i don't really care about the new update coz my phone will never get it ever,the last it did was the 4.1.2 android,lucky me is that r ppl that do make an awsome job by bringing custom roms with last android version,no idea why the real ppl don't make a real official update for old phones,it is clear that the last versions of android do work very nice on those phones,as usual in all OSes,the lowest amount of tech u need for the last version is not that high as they say,as usual they provide very big numbers to sell last versions of phones,crapy things that work together,i don't really care about the white theme coz i can change it on my phone in black as i please,so no big deal for me and i am sure that will be the same in the future too,what i don't understand is 1 thing,why r so many in USA with that Nexus phones ? actually here in my country,i didn't even heard of it,only online ,i guess that is not that important device here in europe,good

  • CJ Brown Sep 30, 2015 Link to comment

    There's a lot to admire regarding Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow) with the exception of Fingerprint Scanner (since my Asus ZenFone 2 doesn't feature this ability). I still haven't decided if I want this feature, but will it eventually become mandatory in all new Android Smartphones? Will new Android Smartphones without a Fingerprint Scanner receive a modified Android OS 6.0? I think Google needs to answer this sooner vs. later even if it means getting in touch with Carriers / Manufacturers one by one (Globally).

    As for Visual Voicemail? Cricket Wireless has this feature (the App is already in each Smartphone the Carrier offers OR you can choose to download this App from Google Play if you install a Sim Card in the Smartphone you bring). Google's version doesn't look any different, but I can't judge between the two features until I have that option available (I currently have Android OS 5.01 (Lollipop).

    Does this mean Google will offer a Visual Voicemail App to download for those Android Smartphones which won't be offered an OS 6.0 update? Or, will it be exclusive only to those Android Smartphones running Android OS 6.0? I guess only time will tell if Consumers will be rewarded with more choices, or if we will get screwed pending Carrier / Manufacturer (Fact: I gave up on an OS 5.01 update for my 1st Gen Moto X using Metro PCS. The new Asus ZenFone 2 gets updates all of the time using Cricket Wireless. Motorola has poor Customer Service, Asus has an App which gets you immediate Customer Service help. Changing Carrier and Smartphone was a logical decision).

  • The power and charging feature is what I am very excited about. I hope it will address the fast draining battery problem.

  • So, Huawei and LG just announced that they will be having these features. Is there any chance that it will spread on Samsung Smartphones as well?

  • That power and charging thing with USB Type-C will surely help

  • What about the native support for Bluetooth styli as mentioned during the Google IO? still not there or simply not mentioned?

  • Not to sound pessimistic/antagonistic but I wonder how long it will take before Samsung releases the new firmware and when my carrier will finally send it to us OTA. My bet is next year December if we're lucky hahaha

  • What are the odds that all the bugs from Lollopoop have been eliminated?

  • Oli72 Sep 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Thx Nexus. I'm all in. Next business phone LG Nexus x.

  • I only buy Google hardware for phone and tablet. - they always get the latest update. I was so disappointed when my Samsung galaxy 3 not get the latest Android update. Even my moms nexus 4 got lollipop.

  • iago X.
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    Sep 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm anxious to see final release of Android 6.0 and Google now on tap.

  • probably going to skip this version if there is no good solution for the dark screen. White screen kill your battery so fast. and it looks stupid.

  • All Black apps and dark makes the whole phone look classy and expensive. The LOLLIPOP White screens are CRAP. Perhaps Android wants people to go to iCrap phones. Some very ignorant people working there.

  • I have managed to get many black apps onto my TAB S Lollipop. It makes it so much easier to read , the all white crap is very hard on eyes and BATTERY. What are Android developers thinking? All Dark is better than sliced bread. Evidently they don't want to sell many phones. IDIOTS!!

  • Signed up just to comment with this:
    I sincerely hope they give the option of an all-over dark theme.
    I downgraded from Lollipop to Kitkat (and then decided to custom rom because why the hell not, messing up my phone now anyway) on my Nexus 5 because of the horrible use of white everywhere. It hurts my eyes, especially in the dark.
    That being said, I also hope the new Nexus 5X will come out in black as I do not like white phones in general. A friendly reminder to Google: if I wanted an Apple device I would have gotten an Apple device ;)

  • So once 5.1 is available then we turn around and 6.0 will be available? That makes no sense. Will someone explain this to me, please?

  • Please please PLEASE let us have the dark theme. The last 5 or 6 months of Lollipop have been the worst in all the years i've used Android phones. Horribly bright screen and even worse color combinations. (whoever okay'd the orange text message theme should be fired, shot, or both.) To make it worse I can't root to change themes because my current phone is provided by the company I work for. Please google for once listen to the community you serve and do away with this nonsense!!

  • Mahendra Sep 22, 2015 Link to comment

    will moto e(1 generation) get updated to Android M??????Now it is in lollipop.

  • ali khan Sep 20, 2015 Link to comment

    following website also had good technical realese.
    uolisb.frihost.org/android-6-0-is-here-marshmallow/

  • Really hate the light/white theme since lollipop forced it on us. Can't believe a dark theme may not even be an option without rooting/customizing. Don't understand the thinking. White screen = harder on the eyes & more battery usage.

  • Will the Samsung Galaxy tab s 8.4 receive the Marshmallow upgrade?

  • Will moto e2 upgrade in Android marshmallow..

  • Will Android 6.0 be available for all LG Phones??!?!? I wanna know!!!

  • When Android MARSHMALLOW will be available for Samsung NOTE 4

    • Sadly I doubt it will come soon, considering how long we are taking to get the android 5.1 update.. Let's hope we get to see the update by June 2016 haha

  • I'm just wondering.. is it possible for me to update my Samsung Galaxy J5 into the latest android MARSHMALLOW??? well in fact I'm using the recently released OS of android which is the LOLLIPOP .. waiting for a favorable response .. :) Thank You ..

    • If you want your phone to be up-gradable to latest release of Android version, buy a Nexus :D

      • i'll buy again ?? Im asking is there any possibilities that it can be upgraded into version 6.0 .. well if its not then ill stick to my current OS ..i just bought my cellphone last August . thanks for the "FAVORABLE RESPONSE" haha .. :D

      • Dave Ramos, your Galaxy J5 will receive its update on November 5th. Please follow the directions and update on this date, between 5am and 9. If you miss this window, please buy a new phone. The internet finds this most favorable.

        If you have any further questions about using your particular phone, feel free to ask on non-Samsung discussion forums anywhere on the internet. Well find you and do our best.

        Favorably yours,
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  • When will it be available for moto G

  • I have Install Android M in my Nexus 5. Software is OK. But only 1 question of android developer.... why show the alphabet of menu bar??? Its looking like child game. Please remove alphabet (A-Z).
    Battery backup some increase.
    some extra option are there.
    Overall android M is very good.

  • We all have our preferred likes about themes and colors on our Personal Devices. Bright/White or Dark/Pale. Both have their Advantages and Disadvantages at given times. Being Google is a peoples company, It would only be fair to give the People who own and operate the devices with their OS on it the choice to choice the Theme they find best for their daily uses and needs. I like the Bright or White theme out in the daylight. Indoors or to save battery use and especially in very dark room, As awakening the Dark theme is easy on eyes and eyes adjust much better. So lets give the people the option to choice the theme color in the stock OS without having to root the devices and customize. Everyone doesn't want to or cant do and shouldn't have to for such a easy add in straight from Google.

  • Why do i feel that most of the updates already there on my Samsung Lollipop device?

    • The difference is speed... yea I like some of the Samsung features as well but being I can only have like 2-3 apps open at the same time I yearn for stock android. Features are nice only when they don't grind the phone to a stop. Heard even with the 4GB of storage on some of the newer Samsung devices a stock Android device can still run circles around it (after the first app that is). Sad because I think Samsung has done some great inovation.

    • Vasu Sep 19, 2015 Link to comment

      Yes me too think so. Spclly that
      Screenshot thing is already on samsung most of the devices

  • I like the alphabetical order in applications.. I hope that becomes optional.. I dont like iphone like that new look.. I want alphabetical grouping to be optional! (lollipop is good for that!) You may not like it, i love it, why do you mislead? but thanks for the information:)

  • Answer asap plz. Can I trade my android KitKat for this new version? I own a android tablet

  • Tom Doro Aug 28, 2015 Link to comment

    I hope the S4 gets this update tbh. no phone should have lollipop as its last update.

  • Wonder if my 2012 nexus 7 will get this update?? Since it went to lollipop if been as slow as a snail and now relegated to a paper weight..

    • it is not the update.. with time phone slows doen.. because you need to clean it.. flash it format it, root it and clean it so simple:) dont blame lollipop :)

      • #1 that can't be true! My Nexus 7, like Paul's, also went from fast and streamlined to complete junk the day lollipop was installed. I'm not buying that lie. #2 If its so easy to fix, I guess that makes me an idiot, cause I don't understand all this geek lingo.

      • i agree with the fact that phones slow down with time. But, Lollipop does slow down your phone gradually.
        i'm using Motorola Moto G Gen 1, which was running smoothly on kitkat and slowed down when upgraded to Lollipop. I tried Hard reset, almost everything possible. nothing really worked.

  • Someone should really do something about that App drawer. It was perfectly fine with the faded background and horizontal swipe, its the little things that matter.

  • Android ver6.0 when it comes?

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  • Running dev preview 3 on my nexus 5. It's super stable as far as I'm concerned and the backgrounds are beautiful. Only problem is that at the moment I can replace Google now with Bing snapshots and now on touch is not yet working. Oh well...guess we will have to wait for the official build.

    • On Tap (think this is what you meant) is not really available yet even on Preview 3. On Preview 2 there was a placeholder for it but no real functionality yet from my understanding.

  • JBlue Aug 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I wouldn't go quite to the extreme of blindness, but the stark white backgrounds do bother my eyes a bit- I preferred the selected darker backgrounds in, for instance, the Note 2 and the Note 3; my Note 4 has only the stark white background, and I just wish I had an option beyond inverting ALL the colors in accessories. Not even black, just something not quite so bright. I rather doubt I'd get all litigious about though, lol. Hey, everyone likes options, right?

    • Emily Aug 29, 2015 Link to comment

      I agree I loved the dark theme on the Note 2s… I really missed that when I switched to the 4 and wish there was a way to customize that.

  • Dark themes are the past. White space is the norm. I for one, hate dark themes.

    • It a matter of today's fashion. But even so, when I pickup the phone when I'm in bed, that white theme messes up my eyes pretty much, it could be a nice thing to have that the dark theme. They could also add a time for it to activate and deactivate it self like with some GPS's daytime/nighttime.

      • You can turn the brightness down low and when you get to your ebook (assuming thats where you are going) there are options for dark mode reading. The white theme (or dark) are only for the app drawer. Another option is to create shortcuts on the desktop and add a dark wallpaper. The white theme in my opinion is so much cleaner. The darker theme was kind of depressing and hard to see in some environments.

    • That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Wow!

    • Someone needs to tell Android that if I wanted an iPhone, I'd buy a god damn iPhone. I want the look from KitKat back.

  • No nexus 7 2013 :(

  • Chester Aug 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Thanks for the article! It's a great read! Finally, a new version of Android is here! Netflix app, Hulu, BBC is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix, Hulu, BBC on your Android.

  • dark theme is nice..

  • DANIEL LI Aug 19, 2015 Link to comment

    note dark themes don't save power on Nexus 5, that only happens with amoled screens, phones like the nexus 6 and most if not all off Samsung smart phones
    the duck theme as for me i love and miss a lot is something i am waiting for

  • May i Repost this article Mr, Adam Scott in kaskus.co.id website, for knowledge about this update android technology for many people....

  • Let's know more about developer preview 3.

  • I haver to point out that so many devices haven't even gotten 5.1, as of August 2015, so by the time Marshmellow is finally melting in to the campfire, whatever device you have now will have become an antique! LOL.... Android updates are like old girlfriends, you can imagine them, but forget out them if you know what's good for you.....

  • Junaid Q. Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    I like the permissions control feature of Android Marshmallow the best feature ever no one have to compromise with their privacy

  • We are very excited for the coming of this new Android OS and it seems to offer a lot of unique features that will surely delight all the Android users.

  • I'm sorry but T-mobile is currently the only one that supports visual voicemail?? AT&T has had visual voicemail since Cingular and the first iphone in 2007. And I use visual voicemail on my GS6 (accessible from the dialer) on the daily. Am I crazy or..

    • I even get it on my Virgin Mobile phone. It's an LG Tribute with 4.4.2 running on it. I don't see how the visual voicemail feature is new.

  • I tried the auto rotate feature on a Nexus 6 with the 2nd tech preview of Android M and it doesn't work

  • I'm sorry to say if Android M does not have a dark theme, including a white on black app drawer, it is over between us. Sayonara, last nail in the coffin. How many hundreds of thousands of users have to request this for Google to take it seriously? Since Lollipop my eyesight has deteriorated so much, these screens and this white space is a health hazard. Either Google is going to wise up, get hit with a class action suit for negligence, or lose a LOT of users.

    Enough is enough. I put up with Nexus 5 four hour battery life, inability to recall wifi passwords, but blindness? It has become a serious worry. My nexus 5 is two years old in November. If no dark theme, against the wall it goes. And no more Google products.

  • Sonu Aug 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Its great to hear that Android M is lauching soon.

  • Jim V Aug 5, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm pretty skeptical of Doze really doing much in terms of battery life. KitKat promised the same thing and then Project Volta for Lollipop made the same promise. In both cases battery life actually got worse.

    Also, stand by time isn't really the problem. Screen on actual usage is the problem and the only way to fix that is bigger batteries that are actually a good match for the hardware. If a phone is released with a QHD IPS LCD and a battery around 2,600-3,200mAh then the battery life is going to suck no matter what the other hardware or software does to save power. A 3,000mAh battery is decent(not even great) for a phone with a 1080p AMOLED but not for a QHD IPS LCD.

  • how to install android m preview on moto g2

  • Mike Mena Jul 29, 2015 Link to comment

    This crap is taking way too long to come around for Android M whatever the name is going to be I need some bugs to be fixed

  • Moussa Jul 14, 2015 Link to comment

    I arrange my apps by category and I rather do it manually, I don't really need that alphabetical order for my apps.

  • DARK THEMES is the best step and its correct 100%... spiceally for super amoled screens

  • Dark theme will improve battery life. They can do the same for the keyboard. Saved allot of battery when typing. Anyway dark theme in lumia saves battery. It just means that those pixels are off. So that saves power. But lumia also has a color for that. So if they turn that off and make most of the background with dark colors , then you can save more. But at the end you get a couple more hours of use and better battery life.

    • You are actually wrong cause in lollipop nothing is pure black, it is just a very dark grey, so pixels are lit up

      • Even though it lits up (a bit). It actually still saves more battery life.

      • Jim V Aug 5, 2015 Link to comment

        You are correct for LCD screens. That is not the case for AMOLED screens. With AMOLED screens the power used by a pixel is related to how much light needs to be shown. A totally black pixel uses no power. A dark gray pixel will use way less than a bright white pixel but will still use a little.

      • No, U are wrong! Amoled displays use more power the brighter/whiter the color, and uses zero power for black, & very little for dark grey. Even light grey on an LCD phone vs light grey on the Amoled phone, with everything else being equal, LCD's power draw will be lightly higher. Count that in a 24hr day & it adds up...

  • When does my LG G4 get this and will it be worth the wait?

    • LG g4 will get it around end of this year mostly. "Will it be worth the wait?" what do you mean by this?

    • Jim V Aug 5, 2015 Link to comment

      Well, since LG will end up changing a bunch of things it probably won't make much difference. Assuming Android M is released in October(which is a pretty good guess based on previous releases) your G4 will likely get it around March 2016.