It’s that time of the year again: schools and colleges are about to reopen and the biggest festive events of the year are not so far either. That is the reason that some of the technological mammoths all over the world are gearing up to provide the latest and greatest that they have to offer to the much awaiting customers. To make sure that it isn’t left behind, search giant Google, has just revealed its plans for the next version of the very popular operating system, Android. Keeping up with the fashion of naming the Android versions after desserts, this version of Android is going to be known as Android Marshmallow.
As with every release, there are a ton of under-the-hood improvements that the users may never notice. However, there are also a few changes that will jump out at users. With this version set to be released in just over a month, here we are going to take a look at the six of its biggest features.
- Revamped App Permissions
If you have ever used an Android Smartphone then you should be well familiar with the whole procedure of installing an app. You go to Google Play and when you hit the install button, you are presented with a list of app permissions (which many choose to ignore) and you have to accept all of them in order to proceed with the install. This won’t be the case in Android Marshmallow.
In Marshmallow, each individual permission can be granted or denied. That means if you don’t want the app to access your phone’s camera then you can do that while still allowing the other permissions. You can also change the permissions after the app has been installed.
- A New Payment System
Have you ever used Google Wallet? If you have then you know how convenient it is. Google is taking it a step further by introducing Android Pay.
Android Pay works in a simple way: you can store all your credit cards and other loyalty cards and can access them when you need them. You can make your payments by using just your phone.
- Native Support For Fingerprint Authentication
There are already a few Android smartphone in the market that use fingerprint authentication. But till now, Android doesn’t support it natively. That changes with Android Marshmallow. With native support for fingerprint sensor, it will be easy to implement in future devices and the user will be able to use it system wide. More privacy can’t hurt, right?
- USB Type C Support
Perhaps the biggest change that you will notice in your new Android device will be the charging port. Android Marshmallow adds support for USB Type C.
What that means for average customer is that not only they will be able to charge their smartphones in a short amount of time, they will also be able to move the files between their laptop and mobile quickly.
- Google Now On Tap
Do you like the information that Google Now serves you? Now with Google Now on Tap, you will be a able to use this functionality anywhere on your smartphone. No matter which app you are in you can summon up Google Now like your own personal genie for assistance.
- Improved Battery Management
Thanks to Android Marshmallow, you should be able to enjoy longer battery life on your smartphone. Google has implemented a smarter battery manager which can preserve the precious battery life so you can do what you love doing on your phone for longer.