Android 6.0 Marshmallow – Key Features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is here and the first devices to run on this will be newly launched Nexus Smartphones – Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. The OS will be rolled out to the old Nexus phones as well which includes Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player as well.

Let us take a quick look on some key features that we know.


Google Now on Tap

It takes the current Google Now predictive assistant to a new level as it can now crawl your apps for information and get you some useful information.

Press and hold the home button while you are browsing any app, Google Now will read the screen and then return information that it finds interesting in a little pop up box on the bottom screen.

App Permissions

Now decide what permissions you want to allow/revoke for an application based on whatever particular functions are used. Currently you need to allow all the permissions to the app for using it. Permissions can now be granted on a case by case basis.

USB Type – C

The new version of OS supports USB Type – C connector. USB-Type C or USB-C has a bidirectional port which in simpler terms means you can plug your charger either ways without having to look which way to insert. Also USB Type-C devices can be charged faster.


This feature has been introduced to improve battery life. It monitors your device usage and app activity are adjusted accordingly. Basically, if you are not using your device for a while and its lying on your table, Marshmallow will pause apps so that they don’t drain your battery. This feature in particular increases the stand by time of the device and as per Google it may get doubled. Not a bad trade off!

Chrome Custom Tabs

Marshmallow allows web-views within a particular app. Chrome now works inside other apps, it means you will not be kicked out of the app to browse the web. Also, Chrome tabs take up the colors and fonts of the app within which it opens to make your experience seamless.

Android Pay

You must have heard about Apple Pay, Google has introduced Android Pay that allows you to make your payments using NFC (Near Field Communication) and host card emulation techniques.


  1. It has a better implementation of Copy/Paste function, you get a floating toolbar above your selection with Cut, Copy, Paste options.
  2. Volume controls now have a drop down menu, a common feature in Cyanogen OS.
  3. A new app drawer which now scrolls vertically instead of horizontally.
  4. New RAM manager is also an addition to get deeper insights of app demands along with explanation of effect on the device.

So that was all for now, keep exploring and let us know other interesting features in the comments section below.

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  1. Avinash 1st October 2015
  2. Ankit Gupta 8th October 2015

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