Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X Key features in the new OS
Android Marshmallow is now official! Clearly, the first devices to run the sixth iteration of Android will be the newly launched Nexus smartphones – Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X. In addition, the OS will be rolled out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player as well.
The final version arrives after three developer preview releases to eradicate all bugs. Even though the company unveiled Android 6.0 during I/O in May this year, yesterday’s Nexus event offered some more insights and details on the new operating system.Let’s take a quick look on what we know about Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Now on Tap
Let’s begin with the standout feature for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new Google Now on Tap is a predictive assistant which will take on Google Now. This feature will allow users to get useful information on anything currently running on the phone.
One will have to press and hold the home button while inside of any app, and Google Now will read the screen, look for anything interesting and then return the information via a popup box on the bottom screen.
This feature may turn out to be a hit with users, as it turns out to be an incredible and convenient feature. This feature will be incorporated in future Android versions as well.
The App Permissions got a major overhaul and Google will allow users to decide which permissions they want to allow or revoke, based on when those particular functions are used. Unlike the current implementation, Android Marshmallow users will get notifications asking for permissions only when they are using a particular function in an app.
Google has identified eight parameters including location, camera, contacts and so on, to help you give permissions for these. Also, app updates will also not ask you for permissions off the bat, unless you are using a feature which needs you to grant that particular app some permission.
Better web experience with Chrome Custom tabs
The web browsing experience with the Chrome browser also gets a shot in the arm. Chrome Custom tabs, a new feature, that will let you include web-views within a particular app, without the need to switch to the Chrome browser on your phone. The Chrome browser will run atop your app (in case you click on any link within the app).
Features such as automatic sign-in, saved passwords, autofill will work on the apps seamlessly. Also the Chrome Custom tab will take up the colours and fonts of the app it is being opened within, to make it seem like a seamless experience.
This feature will let you make your payments using near-field communication (NFC) and host card emulation techniques for tap-to-pay services. You just need to unlock your phone, keep it near an NFC terminal and your payment is done, without opening any app. As of this month, Android Pay has been rolled out in more than 1 million locations in the United States
According to Google, Android Pay will be pre-installed on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile devices and will be accepted in around 700,000 stores in the US which accept contact-less payment. Android Pay will replace the Google Wallet app and will be used to make in-app payments provided developers integrate Pay into their apps.
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