Android M had been available since quite some time in the form of preview builds and speculation was rife as to what would the name of the latest iteration of Google’s Android operating system would be. Even the Easter egg game contained in the preview builds of Android M had no information whatsoever about what Android M would be officially called. Now the naming of the latest variant is official and it will be called as Android Marshmallow! Fluffy, white and easy…. that is what Marshmallows are all about. And surprisingly, Android M (a.k.a Marshmallow) is just the same. So you all must be witnessing that the internet is going crazy with Android Marshmallow launch. The final android 6.o SDK can now be downloaded using the SDK Manager in Android Studio. Here’s a little sneak peek into what’s in store for you if you start using Android M.
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What to Expect in Android Marshmallow update
Okay so first things first. Don’t be under the impression that right after installing Android M, your phone will do wonders. It’s almost the same situation when last year Android L was launched, there were bugs and phones were not compatible enough to work with Android L in many cases. And same is the case with this Marshmallow. You can just go around and show it off to your iOS friends. Android M right now is simply an early chance given to developers to integrate their apps with Google’s latest launch. Due to this, many things like Android Pay and direct share won’t be available as of yet.
Features of Android Marshmallow
So the App launcher is totally revamped in Android M. Instead of cards displaying your apps by swiping in through Lollipop, now you just have to simply scroll with apps clustered together. The four most common apps that you use will now be visible on the top row of your device which can always be customized to adjust with your mood swings. Also, you can say goodbye to those pesky app permissions which used to pop up even before you have used an app. Now you can simply go to apps menu and get rid of these pop ups by simply disabling permissions.
Also, the sound system has been made smarter. Traditionally, by simply long pressing your volume rocker you were able to put your phone either on silent, vibration or general profile. But Android M has given you more options like Priority Only where in you can set what all alarms and meeting reminders can disturb you.
Drawbacks in the latest build of Android M
Every new thing comes with pros and cons. With good design and smartness, Android M also has it own set of drawbacks for its users. Soon after installing the final build which is out right now, you may feel some lag and cases of forced shut down of few applications. Many users also claim that they were only able to find 23 GB remaining storage on a 64GB device right after upgrading. You may also face network issues while using internet or frequent call drops too as this not the final build yet!
List of devices that will get Android Marshmallow
As per the speculation, following are the devices which would receive the Android M update soon;
1. Google Nexus: Google Nexus Android M update will be the first one in queue. As of now, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus player have all received an update for the current build and the final build would also be out soon!
2. Samsung: Though there is no such confirmation on the scheduled date for an Android M Update, but as per initial reports devices like Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, S6 Edge plus, Note 5 and Galaxy Note Edge might be the first ones to receive it.
3. HTC: HTC has already officially announced that the One M9 and HTC One M9 plus will be updated soon along with rumors for updation of HTC One M8.
4. Sony: Since Android M update was made available for some Xperia devices, it is safe to assume that Xperia Z4, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 tablet will receive an update.
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