Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: S'more to love

October 5, 2016, will be remembered as the day when Google decided it is high time it released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images onto the world. That's right, they are up for a couple of compatible Nexus devices — namely Nexus 5,6,7, and 9 — and just anyone rocking one of the mentioned handsets might get immersed in the marshmallow-y taste of Android 6.0...
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5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Same old. Marshmallow, at least on your unit, comes with Google Camera v2.7.008. Rumor has it Google Camera v3 with burst shot and an on-board GIF maker might arrive soon!

15. fancollo unregistered

alright, at least they're adding features. although the features with panorama etc are already great. a manual mode is on my wishlist, but yeah, that's never gonna happen i guess..

7. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

LoL. IOS is million way better than android copycat snail. Slow Os.

12. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

You do realize that most of ios is copied from Android right?

37. nodes

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

and the whole Android's fundamental is based on iOS. boom!

43. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

more like they all copy from each other....

13. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I hope you're joking/trolling...

19. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You better name: iBulls**t.

8. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

TLDR What about theme/theme engine or the dark UI of some sorts?

10. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

No dark theme. As far as we know, Marshmallow does support themes, but you need root and a third-party app; no built-in theme changer exists as of now.

39. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I guess a dark theme would be a bit risky considering the different screen technologies. An AMOLED screen would save a ton of battery on a dark theme, but an LCD would not. So battery endurance would be all over the place, not being fair to all manufacturers.

40. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That would be the worst possible reason not to add a feature.

58. numun

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

I think you are referring to the System UI changer thingy.

62. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

About that, what does demo mode do? What can you do to it?

11. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

That calculator color looks awful.


Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Is it me or is Android getting uglier with every update......i'ts getting boring!

17. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

They are getting better in one way and uglier in other.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes it is, it's going the way of simple, which is pretty plain and ugly, just like IOS, but not as plain and ugly as live tiles.

16. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

I thought they said the doze only happens if you leave your device stationary, i.e. left on the table?

22. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Or.. October 5 will go down as a day I DON'T remember. It's a phone! lol PA and it's silly writing.. garbage as usual.

27. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

meh sounds boring. i want the feel of 4.0 -> 5.0

29. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

android updates. the most unpredictable updates, Will your phone get it? when will your phone get it? when will your carrier say you can have it? what features will your carrier say no to?

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And that's the beauty of Nexus and project Fi, it eliminates all the variables and BS from 3rd party OEMs and carriers.

41. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

So we need Google's iPhone to receive a more streamlined approach. That doesn't fix the issue, more than it hinders choice. I understand that is an answer to most of those questions, but it still isn't ideal.

44. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The beauty of the Android ecosystem is the wide variety of options to pick and choose from. Yes, this means that OEMs are responsible for pushing out updates and that carriers only complicate the process. That being said, I don't see how Google releasing their own device that's compatible on their own wireless service, among others, is hurting the ecosystem when it is simply giving the customer additional options.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's some good and some bad to go with that. Bad, just look at lollipop and Verizon trying to initially block Samsung Pay. The good, not having to deal with lollipop breaking your phone or worrying about a half baked update. Not always the case but still.

45. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

I'm hoping M is a LOT better than loli, what a crock that turned out to be! If KK hadn't had the cocked up SD support i'd have stayed on that. It is getting fuglier each time too, I'll be glad when this fad with FLAT UI is over. I was happy with JB looks.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can't be any worse than Lollipop. I've never seen such an unstable mess on a phone. I refuse to install it on my Note 4.

48. dimas

Posts: 3262; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Still rocking my z3 compact on kitkat (downgraded coz I don't like battery longevity issues on lollipop) so I'm expecting marshmallow 3-4 months from now.

49. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

How about privacy? For Now On Tap, Google needs to know what you're doing or talking or typing. So basically they can read every single thing you do?
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