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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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Battery consumption improvements

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When Google introduced Android Lollipop, it also showed us its Volta project, a project that will reach Lollipop with the promise of improving the autonomy, something that was not fulfilled. Now, with Android Marshmellow they show us another project that arrives with the same pretensions, and it is Doze.What did I think? That I was in front of the new Volta project in which everything would end up the same, only promises.

But by testing this version, I can confirm that Doze s meets its objectives. In general, it is a series of optimizations in the system to prevent the terminal from continuing to consume unnecessary resources when we have it at rest. Other positive aspects of Doze are found by taking a walk through the adjustments. When we reach the battery Optimization mode, we find the simple option of whether to activate the energy optimization mode or not, and if it is active, we can individually choose which applications we want to use, being marked by default that s for everyone, except Google Play Services (which cannot be activated, by the way).

Now, you can't wait for an autonomous 2 or 3 days of battery, because although Doze complies, he doesn't work miracles either. The result of Doze depends on the use you make of your terminal. If you are a user that you spend 4 hours in a row playing without resting the terminal, you will not realize that Doze exists, while if you use the phone quite interrupted if you notice how you get to the end of the day with a bigger battery of the usual

The reason for this is that it is as simple as that while it is possible to optimize some hardware elements, the screen is still the most swallowing of all, and except for intelligent implementations such as Samsung performs with its AMOLED screens, there is no magic formula that makes the software reduce the consumption of a screen.


As a conclusion, I can say that at the interface level, this version of Android could be considered as a minor update, since it does not have the radical change that Google has accustomed us when it changes number (remember Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Lollipop) .Now, internally it is a very different subject. In this new version of Android we have excellent performance, better autonomy, great improvements in the security section, and greater freedom for the user to control external storage.

For its part, Google Now on Tap and Android Pay, one of the most outstanding features of this system, can only be enjoyed by US users at the moment. Also, Google could have taken into account features that users have had for a long time, as is the multi-window support, which although it was seen in the preliminary versions of Marshmellow, it finally did not come to light.

Finally, I think that this new version of the Android system, although I miss some features, is the best that Google has released.

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