10 little-known but important (plus 1 secret) features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

10 little-known but important (plus 1 secret) features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already here, up for grabs for just anyone willing to grab it for a spin. We already reviewed the new Android version on the block and we liked it very much. 

Some of the more important features that are often cited as being the highlights of the new version of Android are the slightly revamped interface, most notably inside the app drawer, Google Now on Tap, which we love, the reworked app permissions system, as well as the huge steps taken in terms of battery optimization.

True, these stole the show, but as it usually happens, this major iteration comes with a wealth of other incremental features that are not often mentioned. Well our review of the sixth major version of Android is already live - of course, we focused on the major new goodies, but this doesn't mean we should neglect the rest of the bullet points in Marshmallow's feature list.

We tried our best to list a couple of features that hardly ever made their way to the spotlights.

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15 Comments

1. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Oh nice a system ui tuner, that's real sweet.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 943; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Flex storage means i can encrypt my SD card? Is that right?

6. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Technically, it means your SD card will be used as an encrypted expanded storage for apps and games data, so yes.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Is the new hotspot 2.0 allow for WiFi and hotspot availability simultaneously? I'm currently on lollipop and if I want to turn hotspot on, I have to turn off WiFi. Regarding hardware limitation, I know WiFi and hotspot require the same modem and hence can't be used simultaneously. But some phones have 2X2 MiMo WiFi and they should be able to do it due to having 2 receivers/emitters.

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That is a very good question...would like to know as well.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Didnt 4.3 already had support for 4k display?

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, its been there since api level 18, and lots of android TVbox already support 4k content but this slightly different, it can render UI on 1080p while showing content at 4k (just like Z5 premium), or something like that, check here developer.android.com/about/versions/marshmallow/a​ndroid-6.0.html#4K-display

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Need to read up more on Flex Storage. If that really does allow sd card use Google does seem to be listening. At least give those that want to use sd cards the option.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1763; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Nexus One had a SD card slot. All other models have eschewed the SD card slot.

12. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

GPE and Android One have microSD slots.

8. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I think the major advantage is having the Doze feature, we want that battery life to increase by 20-30%.

14. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Yeah, but this can only be achieved when the screen is off for prolong time .. I am assuming there are minor screen-on-time improvements ..

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

MIDI and stylus support should have been added two years ago, together with multi-windows, USB audio interface support, decent keyboard support. Now it's probably too late, tablets are declining, as Android has been too slow to implement features that would have made tablets more desirable. Tablets have remained just oversised phones and people who bought them are not probably buying them again. Software developers have made their efforts and won't invest again. We'll probably never see a product like StaffPad on Android: the stylus should have been available two years ago.

13. bkdroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

"Google's Nexus devices have never come with a microSD card slot on board" The Nexus One did. Also happens to be the last Nexus I've owned.

15. Fellwalker

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Bluetooth SAP was taken out of earlier build by Google. It is about bxxxxxy time they brought it back. Startup verification seems an excellent idea.

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