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After a while trying the new update of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, I have decided that it is time to give some opinions on this new version of Google's operating system.

If we see the home screen, we will appreciate that the changes are practically imperceptible with respect to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. We continue to have Material Design as the design line so, as expected, there are not many changes in this section.

In Marshmallownos we find the same graphic interface, full of colors, transformations and animations, there are really few notable changes beyond some animations that have been slightly perfected.

There are some points that we should highlight. The first point we found in the sound bar. In Android 6.0 Marshmallow we will have a drop-down menu in the volume bar, which when we press, allow us to modify any of the three types of volume (notifications, multimedia or alarms) without having to go to an application that makes use of them. Here, we will have to clarify that if you have a Samsung device, this change has been in Touchwiz for quite some time, so as such it is not a novelty.

Another important point is in the text selection. In the new version of Android, when we want to select text, instead of having the top menu with the available options, we will have a floating window with the available options, making the text selection more intuitive and comfortable.

As such, these will be the visual changes that we will find in this new version of Android, which, taking into account that there are almost no visual changes, may very well be called Android 5.2, instead of 6.0.

Applications

In Android 6.0 Marshmallow we find version 22 of the Android API, which includes some improvements. In this new API, developers can implement functions such as fingerprint authentication, further improving the security of our device, but it is not the only one. We also find the evolution of the share menu, and it is that through direct sharing we can share any data, directly in our favorite users, without having to go through the application.

Another of the great improvements of the APIs, is that they will allow us to integrate our application with Google Now on Tap. Through this functionality, when we keep the home button pressed, analyze the screen we are in and find possible suggestions as artists or places of interest

performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OueObu2aA_M

The objective of Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be to solve the performance errors that Google brought us with Android Lollipop. In this new version, we see how much of the mistakes and bugs have completely disappeared.

Remember the bug that caused memory leaks in Lollipop? In Marshmallow it has been resolved and there are no longer those moments where the system doubting what it should do when you want to change the application. The system is not only faster than ever, but extremely stable.

Security

Normally, when we install an application a summary of the permissions that an application takes appears. The problem is that by accepting the installation of the application, we accept all your permissions without knowing if the application will use them for malicious purposes.

This has changed in Android Marshmallow. In this new version of Android, we find positive changes in the treatment of permits. First, there is a class of important permissions for our privacy such as location, which will be requested every time an application requires them (if we agree, we can mark so that from now on it will automatically accept it). In this way, we will realize more easily when an application is misusing our data.

But the main protagonist of our privacy is not in the permission query, but in the management of them. If we look at the settings of the applications, we can check the permissions that each application makes to the system, and if we do not agree with any, deny it.

Now, Marshmallow includes in its system information the date of the last Android security patch. This is part of a new practice that involves bringing monthly updates to the system where security holes are corrected. This practice began with Lollipop, and with the official arrival of Marshmallow we can know how obsolete our system is in regards to security patches, showing a great commitment from Google.

Storage

At Marshmallow we finally have official support for external storage. Although we can use microSD cards and USB-connected pendrives for a long time, the system requires third-party applications to use them.

In Android 6.0 Marshmallow all this has changed dramatically. The system recognizes microSD cards and pendrives as storage devices of the system, and from the storage settings themselves we can access their data, format them or eject them safely.

However, some details of this new possibility must be very clear. The first relevant issue concerns the formats, and although Android supports industry standard formats, it does not get along with proprietary formats such as Windows NTFS or Mac HFS, so if we introduce it, we Ask us to format a compatible one.