Android 6.0 Marshmallow review

It wasn't always easy to answer the question "What is Android?" in a single sentence that adequately explained everything. Android has always been a complex, almost out of control thing in the way it it constantly changed and adjusted to suit the needs of whoever is using it. While that's an exciting thing to watch unfold from a technical perspective, explaining this to someone who just wants a smartphone to check Facebook and play some video games is mostly just confusing.

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, with Material Design taking over the interface and Google's apps taking a more active approach to encouraging use all throughout the UI, an easy answer to that seemingly simple question might have been that this was now Google's Operating System. This year, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we're seeing a level of refinement to Material Design and to the underlying features that came with it. That refinement in many places includes the ability to substitute Google's apps and services with whatever you want, and at the same time making it easier for developers to build those alternatives and have them work just as well as what Google offers by default.

What is Android? With the 6.0 Marshmallow release, Android is the most personal operating system you can put on a phone or tablet. Here's our review.

Android 6.0 UI

What you see is what you get

Android 6.0 Visual changes

Many people look to Android 5.0 Lollipop, released in the fall of 2015, as the start of Google placing a high priority on visual design and ensuring a fluid UI for everything. The introduction of 60 frames-per-second animations and the introduction of bright colors across the entire interface was a significant change from the dark, clumsy interfaces in Android's Holo UI. What we're seeing in Android 6.0 isn't a visual overhaul, but instead a step closer to completing the Material Design visual experience. With that comes a lot of little changes all over the place, some so small you're unlikely to notice them at first and others that dramatically change the way you look at that part of the interface.

The new Google launcher

The most striking of all the visual changes is Google's launcher. The desktop of this launcher doesn't look at that different when you first see it, but interacting with the icons on the desktop will reveal some animation refinements. Launching an app causes the animation to grow outward from the icon, wherever it is places on the desktop. You see a brief flash of this animation every time you open an app from the desktop, with exception to the Google search app. Since this is the Google Now launcher, tapping on the Google icon will cause the UI to shift to Google Now, where you have access to search and whatever contextually relevant information Now has been holding on to.

If you're reaching for something that isn't on the desktop, you'll notice Google has shifted to a vertically scrolling and alphabetically sorted list for all of your apps now. Thanks to the dramatically improved inertial scrolling, this launcher makes it significantly faster to get to the app you want when compared to the paginated launcher of the previous generation and even the old vertical scrolling launcher from some of the original versions of Android. a quick flick will get you from top to bottom in an instant, while more controlled sliding offers a more graceful look at what apps are on your shelf. You can also grab the scroll bar on the right side of the screen now, and as you pull it down to the bottom of the page you'll see an alphabetical representation just above you finger, which works alongside a visual pulse at the first app starting with each letter of the alphabet as you move down the list.

There are four apps at the top of this launcher that behave a little differently than the rest of the apps in the app drawer. This section of the launcher is now for Google to recommend apps for faster access, based on your usage over time. If you use Google Play Books at round the same time every evening, or the Android Central app around lunchtime every day, Google will offer those apps at the top of the page during those general times for you to more quickly access. In our testing, the apps on this top shelf change all day based on your activity, and in many cases does a great job making sure apps you frequently use are at the top.


Google's efforts to change the way notifications affect us as we use our phones and tablets throughout the day sounded great as a concept, but there aren't many Android Lollipop users out there who would disagree with calling the change entirely too confusing. The implementation of priority notifications, specifically when things like alarms are involved, needed some polish with this new version of Android.

This year Google has moved notification controls to the Quick Settings panel. From here you can now set Do no disturb mode with a handful of options. You can disable all sounds entirely with the freshly renamed Total silence mode, use the default Alarms only mode to ensure you're only disturbed by your alarm app, or the customizeable Priority only mode that lets you choose what apps are allowed to bother you. These notification preferences can be enforced for specific periods of time, or they can be set until you go in and turn Do not disturb off.

A consequence of this new format for notifications is the streamlining of the volume control panel. Tapping a volume rocker will now only reveal a single line for notification volume control, with an expansion arrow that gives you access to media volume control and alarm volume control. Like before, these control modes become the primary in your volume tray if media is playing. Overall, these changes make for a much cleaner and significantly less confusing interface without sacrificing much in the way of functionality for those who enjoy priority notifications.

Text selection in Marshmallow

Text selection

Cut, copy, and paste have started moving to a new home on Android with the 6.0 update. Previously, highlighting text by long press would cause an action bar to appear with these options and a few others depending on what app you are in. Now those options, and whatever others make sense based on what app you are in, will appear in a smaller bar right above the text you have highlighted so you can get to it quickly.

It's a small change, and as of this writing not even all of Google's apps support the UI change just yet, but where it can be used this little feature is great.

Direct share

It is now significantly easier to share something directly to a single person on Android. In the past, sharing something with a friend usually meant copying a link to your clipboard to paste elsewhere or using the app share function in whatever app you were in and crawling through the contacts list to find the person you want to share with. Direct share makes things a lot easier, though it'll probably be a little while before everything supports it.

On top of the list of usual suspects for sharing a link or text snippet, including your social network apps of choice and your email clients, you'll see contact bubbles for people you've recently interacted with. There's a small icon in the contact bubble referencing the app you were using to communicate with that person, and when you tap on their icon you'll be taken to that conversation with whatever you wanted to share in the text field ready to go once you press send.

This is significantly faster than digging through individual contact managers, but there's some obvious limits to the way this works. Each app is only allowed to take up a maximum of five bubbles in the direct share tray, which itself only appears to support eight bubbles. This means you're only going to get the people you've most recently interacted with in apps that support the feature, and in most apps that information is going to come from active conversations or whatever messages you last received. It also means you can't delete conversations once you're done with them if you want that contact to remain on the direct share list.

This has all the right pieces for a great new feature, but it's not quite there yet. More apps will need to support direct share for it to be useful, and when that happens we'll see how well Google handles half a dozen direct share lists vying for space on this list, especially if you as the user would prefer to only see one or two.

Memory manager Android 6.0

New Memory manager

In the device section of Settings you'll find a new Memory button, and like the Battery manager its job is to show you how much memory is being consumed and what apps are doing the consuming. The meter offer a quick glimpse into your system and lets you know if performance is being negatively affected by too much RAM being used. If you want more information about your system over time, the drop down menu in the top left lets you look back over the last 24 hours to see how apps have behaved overall.

This is a relatively small change, and something most people won't end up using, but has the potential to make tracking down misbehaving apps significantly easier depending on the circumstances.

Custom Chrome tabs

Apps are cool, but there are still tons of things we use every day that require a browser to access information. Lots of app developers have been getting around this by using WebView to basically create stripped down browsers from within their app, so users don't get distracted and go do something else. Since these WebView creations aren't really a part of your regular browser, there's no way for your browser to use the information from that app. This means no way to bookmark the information for later or keep it tucked away as a tab for quickly switching back and forth conveniently.

Custom Chrome tabs

Google's solution lets developers use the core parts of he browser app to deliver those webpages, and naturally the first browser to support this is Chrome. Custom Chrome tabs promise to load pages faster and play nice with the rest of your Chrome experience, so you can still use most of Chrome's features even though you are inside a different app. Most important for developers, the look and feel of these custom tabs can be visually similar to the rest of the app so it doesn't feel like you've been taken away from the buttons that got you to this page in the first place.

The best part about this experience is it's not limited to Chrome. Any Android browser can implements these APIs and create the same experience through their service. This means even though Chrome is installed by default, there's no worry that other browsers are being treated as second-class citizens on the platform.

Tablet UI changes

Gone are the days where Android on larger screens was just a stretched out version of the interface. Google has struggled to clearly define what makes a tablet more functional than a big phone in the past, but with Android 6.0 there's some clever visual differences that make using the primary interface much nicer.

For starters, the notification tray is no longer locked to the center of the screen and it doesn't take up the whole display. Whether it's portrait or landcape, you can pull down the notification shade and it will fall from the location of your finger. The smaller interface here is much easier to manage, and is similar enough to the phone interface that you aren't learning something new to use it.

The launcher, on the other hand, does nearly fill the screen. The four columns we see on the phone interface are expanded to seven on the tablet interface, and the design takes into account whether you're portrait or landscape and behaves accordingly by ensuring there's padding around the icons and around the launcher drawer itself.

Most of the rest of the interface is similar to what we've seen in Android 5.0. The Settings and Google Now panels adjust to support the extra screen real estate, and the whole OS animates well and fills the added space appropriately.

Marshmallow and Google Now

The search company improves search

Android 6.0 Getting better at answers and guesses

If there's one big thing Google has been constantly improving on over from day one, it's the ability to give you the information you want in the best possible container. In the early days that meant building a killer search engine, but with more and more people using the mobile web as the only web there's a need to streamline and improve where necessary. We've seen Google make tremendous strides over the last couple of years with voice search and predictive suggestions through Google Now, but Android 6.0 introduces dramatic improvements to these features that will make your phone a deeply personal experience over time.

Conversational voice actions

By now you're probably used to being able to speak a command to set an alarm or text a friend. Maybe if you're really adventurous you've had Google fire up YouTube to play the Jurassic World trailer with nothing but your voice, or you've asked about the weather in a place you've never been before to show off to your friends. Voice commands are a handy thing to have, and now that modern Android phones have had the ability to wake u the voice search by hearing "Ok Google" anywhere in the interface there's a good chance a lot of people have used the feature on occasion. Android 6.0 opens the doors for app developers to do a lot more with voice actions, and with any luck eventually some of them will actually use it.

Voice Actions in Android 6.0

The new voice interaction APIs make it possible for developers to engage directly with users through the voice search system, and unlike the current implementation that interaction can be a two-sided conversation. For the most part, this secondary interaction will be things like the third party app you've summoned with your voice asking if you're sure before taking you away to the app. The example Google provides in their documentation is the ability to ask to play music using TuneIn Radio instead of Play Music, and TuneIn replies by asking what genre of music you want to listen to.

It's a very cool demo on paper, and right now that's all it is. Asking Google to play music on TuneIn right now launches the app, but nothing else happens. While we're only a few days in Marshmallow's public release, Google is really going to need to encourage developers to take advantage of this. Alternatively, since this isn't a Google-only feature, a third party service with support for more apps could be installed and take advantage of this setup.

Better assistant functions

Google Now

Google has had a great assistant service for a while now, but not everyone wants to use Google Now. The new Assist API makes it possible to completely replace Google Now with your assistant service of choice, and that service will have all of the same basic user-facing launch and data access points as Google Now. As a function of these changes, the swipe up to launch Google Now has been replaced with a long press on the home button. If you choose to use another assistant app and that app has taken advantage of the new Assist APIs, that assistant can be launched the same way as Google Now.

While these functions do great things for making Google Now better, opening the doors so another service can be treated basically the same as Google Now is a big deal. In a world where Microsoft seems focused on building an ecosystem on Android instead of forking the OS to build their own experience, this API goes a long way towards letting the user choose what ecosystem they want to get their information from.

Now on Tap

Now on Tap

Google Now is no longer just a suggestion engine you access through the Now page in Google's launcher or through suggestions in your notification panel. While those functions are still alive and well, not to mention improving on a daily basis, there's a new function for Google Now that can be accessed just about anywhere in the OS. It's called Now on Tap, and basically it takes a look at what is currently on your screen and offers you information and potential system functions based on what it can see.

Now on Tap is basically decreasing the total number of buttons you need to push by looking at the contents of your screen and guessing.

For example, you can be in a chat with someone about going to see a movie and when you hit Now on Tap you'll get a button to search for more information on the movie you mentioned in the conversation. Next to that search information, you'll get related things like trailers and ratings for that movie. If you brought up a theater during that conversation, and the name of the theater is on the screen, you'll get a button to search for that theater. When looking up a person, you'll get things like social network accounts alongside the search prompts. It's not pulling the trigger and searching for you, but queuing up potential searches and related information you might want to perform based on the text and images and links on the screen.

This is a cool idea if you see a photo of someone in an article and you want some additional information on that person, but for things like movie searches there's something of a disconnect. For some reason Now on Tap doesn't connect the dots and head immediately to showtimes for that movie in your area, something Google's search engine already does. Some of that is because Now on Tap isn't doing the search until you explicitly give the command, which is also why you can't ask a question through voice command based on the information you see on Now on Tap. The lack of follow through in some of this is a little frustrating.

Where you will see follow through demonstrated to spectacular effect is in apps with a lot of obviously personal information. Specifically, the ability to pull dates and details from things like emails and suggest creating a calendar event based on the contents of the email. This is something Google Now was already mostly capable of by grabbing keywords and offering things like drive time from your current location to something in your calendar or email. With Now on Tap, this kind of thing is basically decreasing the total number of buttons you need to push by looking at the contents of your screen and guessing.

Google Now on Tap

It's early days for Now on Tap, and that means the misfire rate is unfortunately high right now. Some of these misfires are to be expected, like when you abbreviate something in a conversation with a friend and that abbreviation is the name of a major company or service. Other misfires, like when Now on Tap pulls an ancient photo as the header image for someone when their very public social network accounts have a much more recent photo (sorry Phil), aren't quite as forgivable. As we've seen with Google Now, this is something that will improve quickly based on user feedback and constant use. If it feels like we're beta testing this app for Google, that's because we are.

As is always the case when Google Now is mentioned, it's important to be mindful of privacy concerns. Now on Tap is scraping screenshots for keywords and using that information to suggest actions. Now on Tap has to be enabled on purpose before any of these features start to work, and even then app developers have the ability to stop Now on Tap from crawling their pages, which means as long as the app developer is paying attention things like bank apps and the corresponding data don't find their way into these search systems. It's also important to remember no searches are initiated unless you follow through by pressing the button, and in all of our testing so far nothing from the pre-search keyword grabs has shown up in places like Google Now or in any of Google's search information on your privacy dashboard.

Android 6.0 apps

Under the hood

Android 6.0 A better relationship with apps

Apps make the world go round these days, and the way we interact with these apps is a big deal. The way apps interact with the operating system is an even bigger deal, especially when a deeper integration with the operating system means a better workflow for the people poking at glass panels all day to get things done. Android 6.0 has introduced a better relationship between users and apps, both in day to day use and the way we look at apps as we move from device to device.

Adoptable storage

There's a group of people out there that really don't like to hear this, but the way we currently use removable storage on Android is awful and in many cases we were collectively better off by not having phone with removable storage. Almost all microSD cards are slower than the storage on your phone, and making an app read back and forth between a slow disk and a fast one just because you want to walk around with 100GB of music or movies in your pocket or you want to install all of the apps is begging for a poor experience. It just is. There's a better way to handle secondary storage systems, and Android 6.0 has finally implemented this method.

Adoptable Storage

Adoptable storage now allows Android to take advantage of secondary storage systems like microSD cards and USB-OTG drives in a new way. Instead of treating these storage devices like temporary visitors, and by extension making it impossible to store important app data on it so your hardware continues to function as intended if it is removed, the OS can now adopt this secondary storage and treat it like primary storage. This means your microSD card can now be used for app storage and other important things, but it also means you have to format the card once you stick it in your phone and removing it is a really bad idea.

Currently, the only Android 6.0 hardware capable of supporting adoptable storage in any meaningful way is the Nexus Player. While it's a cool trick to take a USB-OTG cable and add storage to your phone or tablet, it makes doing things like walking around with or charging the hardware somewhat tricky. The Nexus Player, on the other hand, has a free microUSB port and doesn't move around. That means you can expand the existing 8GB of onboard storage to whatever you want, which is great if you're playing a lot of games. While it's a little odd neither the Nexus 5X or 6P came with removable storage slots, there's going to be quite a few Android phones updating to Android 6.0 in the not-so-distant future that do.

Auto Backup Android 6.0

Auto Backup

Google does a great job making it so all of the information you save with Google is just sort of there when you log in to another Android phone or tablet with your Google account, but that's only a fraction of the mobile experience. We play games, create playlists, assemble connected home configurations, and almost all of this happens in apps that aren't created or maintained by Google. Unless each individual app developer maintained their own cloud-cased backup, that data used to just be lost when something happened to your phone. Auto Backup fixes this, and all you need is a Google Drive account.

Without your input at all, any app that has been updated to support Android 6.0 will be backed up once a day to your Google Drive.

Without your input at all, any app that has been updated to support Android 6.0 will be backed up once a day to your Google Drive. You can see what apps are being backed up if you head to Settings>Manage Backups in Drive, but you can't actually do any managing of those backups from the Drive app. What you will see is when the app was last backed up, and how much space that backup is currently consuming.

When you move to a new phone or tablet, installing an app you have backup data for should call that backup data to your new device alongside the install, making it so you start that app with the data with everything you previously had. Games should have backups of previous saves, playlists should be intact, and settings for your apps should be just as you left them on your previous device.

Of course this requires the apps you use supporting the most recent version of the Android SDK, so it may take a little while for all of your apps to support this backup mechanism. By the time you're moving from your first Marshmallow phone or tablet to your second, there's a good chance nearly all of your apps will support this functionality.

App linking in Android 6.0

App linking

There are a lot of apps out there, and a big part of the Android experience is being able to use whatever app you want as the default app for certain experiences. When you click on a Twitter link, you should be able to choose what app opens that link. It should never be something the OS chooses for you, unless its obvious. While choice is great, if you've only got one app on your phone asking to handle a specific kind of link, Android should be smart enough to go directly to that app unless you tell it otherwise. Now, in Android 6.0, that's exactly what you can do.

For most of us, app linking means fewer button presses between seeing a link and using an app, which is always a good thing.

App linking makes it possible for a link on a page to point specifically to an app, so Android doesn't ask if you'd rather open a YouTube link with the YouTube app or with Chrome, because obviously you want to open that link with the YouTube app. A small modification to the website the link is coming from acts as a nod to the corresponding app on your phone or tablet, and instead of asking how you want to open the link the app just fires up and handles the information. This means things like the official apps for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc will work out of the box as long as they are the only apps on your phone meant to handle those requests. If you have multiple apps on your phone made to handle links from their respective services, you'll get the same request form where you choose what should be the default for opening the link.

Users also not have the ability to manually set the behavior for this selection screen, by either setting an app to always accept links or by telling the OS to ask which app you want to open that link with every time you get one of those links. These aren't features most people will use particularly often, but could come in handy when trying to find your ideal Twitter app or trying to choose the best browser for your needs. For most of us, app linking means fewer button presses between seeing a link and using an app, which is always a good thing.

Marshmallow Permissions

Lock it up tight

Android 6.0 Security and privacy

We frequently say that users are a secure as they choose to be, but truth be told there's always more to be done on an OS and app level to protect users. Android 6.0 introduces new security and privacy functions, designed to give you the tools to better protect yourself. Some of these things are small and invisible, while others alter the way apps touch your phone and your personal data. It's still incredibly important to choose to be secure when using your phone, but these new tools will make that a lot easier to do.

Charging mode by default

Most Android phones offer you the ability to sync photos and music to and from your phone or tablet as soon as you connect to a computer. Some go as far as offering a folder with drivers so your computer has everything it needs to better communicate with your phone or tablet. While it's nice to have these pop ups if that's what you want to do every time you connect to a computer, this connection method on a computer you're not familiar with can be unsafe.

Charging mode

To avoid any potential problems from plugging your phone in to a computer, the default connection in Android 6.0 will now be charge only. This means you'll need to pull down the notification shade and choose to connect to a computer for data transfers before that happens. It adds an extra step if you're trying to move photos off your phone via USB cable, but it also means you can plug in to charge and not worry about the software on the other end of that cable.

APK Validation

If you are the kind of person who installs apps from places that aren't the Google Play Store for things like pirated apps, there's an implied risk associated with your behavior. The stricter APK validation tools in Android 6.0 checks the file manifest against the APK itself, and if these two things don't line up the APK will be considered corrupt. This will decrease — but not remove — the risks associated with installing apps that have been tampered with by requiring any APKs that have been tampered with be re-signed. It's going to mean fewer pirated APKs will install on your phone or tablet, but it also means you're less likely to accidentally install malware.

Also, stop installing pirated apps. You're better than that.

App Permissions

The Google Play Store has made some impressive efforts in educating users on what parts of the phone and what kind of data an app wants to look at before you install it, but it has been an all or nothing affair so far. If you want an app but you don't want that app to access things like your location, your only option was to not install the app. We've seen third-party solutions to this problem, but Android 6.0 is making it possible for users to choose what permissions each app has access to, as well as the ability to revoke those permissions at a later date.

Apps built for or updated to support Android 6.0 are now installed with access to almost nothing. Once that app is installed, in order to access parts of your phone or data, it has to ask for permission.

App permissions Android 6.0

That Additional permissions section includes things like Car information if you're an Android Auto users, Google Voice, Google Photos, the ability to write instant messages, and accessing your Twitter account. You can expect more to show up here, but for now that's what we've seen. In order to access any of this information from your phone, a pop-up will appear asking for you to give permission to that part of your phone. If you deny permission, the app isn't allowed access to that information. If you grant permission to an app and decide you've changed your mind, the new permissions section of Settings>Apps has a simple toggle switch for you to immediately remove access.

These new app permissions are really important, but it can't be stressed enough that they only work when you're paying attention.

Currently, this only applies to apps that have been made for or updated to support Android 6.0. As we've seen with some of the other features Google rolled out, that list isn't huge right now. Apps that are built for the older versions of Android are still installed with access to the permissions you granted when prompted at the time of install, but you can go and remove access once the app is installed through the same Settings>Apps>Permissions system. If you choose to do so, you'll see a warning pop-up explaining there's a chance some apps will crash if you deny permission since they weren't built to suddenly not have that information. In our tests, total app failure by removing things like contacts access or location access was basically nonexistent, but if you try to remove camera access from a camera app you're going to have a bad time.

These new app permissions are really important, but it can't be stressed enough that they only work when you're paying attention. Just like the terms of service pop-up you've ignored on hundreds of apps and websites before Android 6.0, if you ignore a permission pop-up and agree to everything so you can get to what you want to do faster, you're not any better off than you were with the previous version of Android. This set of tools will help you choose whether you want to share data or hardware access with app developers, but it's important that you use those tools instead of ignoring them.


We've seen a handful of Android phones using fingerprint sensors over the past year that are surprisingly good, but each of these systems are maintained separately by their respective manufacturers and have their own sets of features. The new fingerprint API creates a single set of instructions for each fingerprint sensor to use as a baseline, and makes it easier for app developers to support fingerprint-based security in their apps by offering a single thing to support instead of having to choose.

With a single fingerprint system in place, any app that requires a login of any kind can rely on a fingerprint to make it easier and faster for users to access their information. Long-term, this could eliminate app-specific passwords for users with fingerprint sensors on their phones, and with the Confirm Credential function in Android 6.0 app developers will be able to use the information from the last time you used your fingerprint sensor to log you in to something. This means you could unlock your phone with a fingerprint, and for a few seconds after that unlock you'll be able to access your secured apps without needing to use your fingerprint a second time.

Nexus 6P

While having a well-rounded API for fingerprint scanning to hook into the security layer as well as application-specific security is a great thing, manufacturers will still have to provide and support a method to digitize a fingerprint and get the data into the system.Android Marshmallow has methods in place for developers to do things with the fingerprint data they collect, but collecting it is up to the people who make your phone. While having a well-rounded API for fingerprint scanning to hook into the security layer as well as application-specific security is a great thing, manufacturers will still have to provide and support a method to digitize a fingerprint and get the data into the system.

And there is no requirement that any of the Android vendors implement any of the new fingerprint APIs. Samsung has a standing system in place that performs in a way they like. It's possible that they forgo everything abut the new fingerprint API and keep doing their own thing. Likewise, new Nexus devices will require support at the OS level for yet another (possibly) proprietary set of sensors and software with their Nexus Imprint system, which is how Google is using the fingerprint APIs on their own hardware.

The good news here is that we now have a system in place that anyone and everyone can use with fingerprint data for security purposes. Partners can make use of this and provide a consistent fell between different models, while still adding in their own features and options.

Marshmallow Battery

Just Doze

Android 6.0 The promise of better battery life

Google has been chasing the battery life woes of Android for a long time now, and while every release includes new tools for better power management there's usually a catch. For instance, a lot of those tools are things developers have to implement in their apps, and that doesn't always happen. Android 6.0 is the version where Good Guy Google steps in and puts the foot down, ensuring apps behave in specific ways to ensure your battery lasts longer.

App Standby

Most of our apps use data, but not all of them are respectful about when to check in to grab an update or look for new messages to show you. If you haven't opened your sports app in a few hours, there's a good chance you don't need it checking the scoreboard every couple of minutes. App Standby is Google stepping in when you aren't connected to power and limiting the number of times an app can access the internet if you haven't used the app recently.

This doesn't change the way you interact with that app or that way that app serves you information. As soon as you open the app back up everything will run just the way you expect it would. Additionally, if you have an app feeding you information via a persistent notification on your lockscreen or notification tray, Android leaves those apps alone. This is specifically for apps that are running in the background hours after you've touched them, and limiting their ability to access the web to once a day unless you are either connected to power or you launch the app to use it.



Few things are more frustrating than picking up your phone or tablet after several hours of not touching it only to find you've lost 20% of your battery doing nothing. Google's new Doze feature tackles this problem by paying attention to what is happening to your phone or tablet and enforcing access rules when your phone or tablet is disconnected from power and stationary for extended periods of time.

When you set your phone or tablet down and don't touch it for a while, Doze places limitations on what apps are allowed to do. You system is essentially forced to sleep, and Android ignores most apps that try to keep the system awake as well as suspends access to wireless and cellular networks for everything but critical functions like the dialer. Everything but the most important parts of your OS stops, save for occasional maintenance periods where apps are allowed to check in and update.

The cool thing about Doze is you can see immediate results in Android 6.0, and it's only going to get better with time. You can see the long lines of inactivity in the battery manager where nothing was allowed to consume power, and Google has tools for adapting apps to work with Doze and App standby so the transitions in an out of these battery saving features are as smooth as possible.

Battery Android 6.0

Real world usage

Claiming better battery life through new behaviors is great, but how does this work in real world events? Through our testing, Android 6.0 isn't any better or worse at getting managing power when you are actively using the phone. Browsing the web, playing games, checking email, these are all things that will consume the same amount of power. App Standby reduces the chances of a background app misbehaving by constantly checking in and using your data, but outside of this the biggest place you'll see battery improvement is through Doze.

Google's done a good job delivering noticeable battery improvements in Android 6.0.

There's no doubt Doze does exactly what Google says it does. Battery history on Android will show you how little power the phone or tablet is using when still, and how the OS wakes up at intervals to allow certain apps to check in and update before going back into this deep sleep. The Wifi-only HTC Nexus 9, which would typically consume upwards of 8% battery overnight on Android 5.1.1, is now consuming less than 1% overnight on Android 6.0. The same can be said for the Motorola Nexus 6, which is now consuming 3% battery overnight with a cellular radio on and running instead of the upwards of 15% it used to draw under the same circumstances.

Google's done a good job delivering noticeable battery improvements in Android 6.0, but it is going to depend largely on your usage. For folks who set their phone somewhere and don't touch it for significant portions of the day, this is a huge deal. Even if all you do is set your phone down while watching a movie, the battery savings on a day to day basis should be noticeable.

Android Marshmallow party

Devastatingly important updates

Android 6.0 Being together, not the same

Google is faced with a lot of unique challenges with Android. There are a lot of companies using Android to package their own ideas, and that means the experience is rarely the same when you set two products running Android side by side. Choice is an important part of the Android ecosystem, and if Android 5.0 was all about making Google's contributions to Android visible and similarly functional across all Android phones and tablets, Android 6.0 is about taking the underlying pieces that make Google's apps and services run well and making them things other developers can provide functional alternatives to. It means Google wants Android users to have a great experience even if they aren't using Google products, which is fantastic.

Android 6.0 introduces a lot of small but devastatingly important things to the platform. The new sense of polish, refinements to ideas introduced in the previous version, and all new systems for giving users choice and control are going to have lasting effects on how we interact with our phones and tablets. There's a lot of great ideas that look fantastic in this release, and it's only going to get better as more developers take these ideas an run with them.

As is always the case with Android, what we're looking at today is just the start of the chapter. HTC, Samsung, LG, and others are going to be adjusting Marshmallow to suit their products soon enough, and when coupled with seeing what Android 6.0 looks like on the new Nexus phones there's a lot left to learn about this new version of Android. We've all got quite a bit of exploring left to go, but as first impressions go this new flavor of Android is more than a little impressive.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • RIP to everyone who doesn't get to enjoy Android 6.0 this year Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't get it. You think they will die? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not going to mail you to the nerd cross for your attempt at humor. I will say this. Less then 25% of all Android devices are on Lollipop so it'll be a good two years before the majority of the population even see what Android 6.0 is. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • I'm expecting Android 6.0 to be out for my phone by this year, and I'm not using a Nexus..
  • Like I said less than 25% of devices are on Lollipop. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • While i really hope google can work better with OEMS to get this new one out faster, i have to agree. While most of us on this site will likely see 6.0m soon either through upgrades to phones or pushed from carriers, or custom roms, the majority of the world wont know what its about for quite a long time. lame but true
  • Well that's really just it.. the OEMs have the source code. It's not Google working anything out with them its them updating their devices. And judging by the Lollipop upgrade, I wouldn't expect many manufacturers to see an update before Christmas. 2016 Q1 for the mainstream devices, (Devices sold wiithing the last 3-6 months. and Q2 for Devices 6-12. Anything older than 12 will get it probably by Google comes around with the next OS. And this is factoring in not only the OEMs, but also the carriers.
  • Well as I too was a 'Google Gangster' but as I found out, just because you get the latest updates doesn't mean they will work. Google really needs to up their release testing.
  • Good for you. How does that change what he said?
  • How much postage is that, if you did?
  • Good thing I've got those forever stamps Posted via the Android Central App
  • Everyone on the interwed would be completely boring without some typoes.
  • What the hell is a "Google gangster"?
  • Whats to enjoy? These android updates barely change anything, and then usually cause a crap ton of bugs that have to get squashed, but with the poor update setup, you may end up waiting months for a fix. I went from 4.4 to 5.0.1 on my Note 4, and it was a better phone on 4.4 because of the bugs, which should have been fixed with 5.1.1, but I havent gotten 5.1.1! So with Android you really should just care about what your phone is capable of with its stable release software, not some OS update down the line.
  • In your scenario, it's Samsung's fault it was buggy, not Google. Google makes Android and then hands it off to the device manufacturers who do with it as they please. So any issues that aren't on a Nexus are the fault of the device manufacturer, Samsung in your case. Solution? Get a phone from a different brand or just don't update. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Samsungs fault, Googles fault, either way its become a standard problem for all but the Nexus Android phones. Which is why every new Android OS review is kind of silly, as few people will actually get that experience.
  • You said it yourself, "...all but the Nexus Android phones." That right there indicates it is the carriers fault these releases are always so buggy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So who's to blame with the Nexus devices bugs then?
  • Well, it's better than not doing one. Anyway, those who really do care about it will do something to get it, be it buying a new phone or finding another way to get it onto their current phone. Either way, this website is for those with an interest in Android, and with that interest comes interest in the new version even if they aren't going to get it any time soon. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • This Android's biggest problem and it's not just the OEMs, it's also the carriers also who take too long with the update before the are pushed to their branded devices. Posted via My Nexus 6
  • For fear of sounding like an elitist, that's one reason why I don't buy carrier branded phones and instead go outright. It's bad enough that I have to wait this long for an update and I don't want a carrier getting in the way. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • This is a problem that Apple doesn't have because they cut out the carriers and control the updates themselves as they make the hardware also. Posted via My Nexus 6
  • While this might be better for OS stability it makes hardware improvements nearly impossible, look at all the features some android phones have, and I'm not talking about specs, at this point specs almost don't matter as before, I'm talking about things like Front Facing Speakers, Wireless Charging, Micro SD support, Water Resistance, Quick Charging, Huge batteries, those are things apple users can only dream about because apple has them planned one by one till iphone 55s.
  • this!!!! a million times this!!! I dont understand how at LEAST samsung hasnt taken this control back yet. Would be GREAT if google could setup an update department that just helped OEMS manage and push updates quickly and efficiently straight from google. Then GOOGLE is in control of all updates. I know it shouldnt be googles job, but its broken as hell the way it is now and that is the ONLY area that i really like the way apple does things. If google had this setup, they could go in and demand that carriers give them the same leeway they give to apple with regards to updates, its a win win really for everyone. #dreams
  • Tolani, apple only makes the software...NO hardware Posted via the Android Central App
  • That sir, is not true. AT&T iPhones have different software than Verizon and thus have to be updated with the base OS. however, the hardware isn't to blame on android, they distribute their OS and others message with it to fit their device like any other version or Linux.
  • I found that the carrier optimized phone in my case Tmo have better signal reception than the Nexus 5 I owned before my Sony Z3. To me that worth more than the speedy OS update. YMMV.
  • @Zombienoms I see your point, but it's not always that simple. I'm on Verizon, because where I live they have the best coverage by far and unlimited data that I don't want to give up. I tried T-Mo and ATT and neither have service at my house or office. No Nexus 5 for me, the Nexus 6 was too big, so I went with the Moto X, which I purchased direct from Motorola, thinking that I could trust them for updates. I HAD to get the Verizon version or switch carriers. Even though I bought the phone outright, and it's unlocked, I'm not getting 6.0. I see what you're saying about consumer choice, and yes, I probably should switch carriers if I want to make updates a priority (which wouldn't make much sense if I didn't have good enough coverage to make my phone useable), but in my case, I really didn't have much choice, and I got shafted. (Twice actually, because I had a Galaxy Nexus). It was either buy a phone that I don't really like (N6) so I could get updates, buy the phone I wanted (Moto X) and risk not getting updates, or switch carriers and experience lesser coverage. Now with the latest Nexus's, Google seems to have solved my specific problem, but that still limits me to two device choices with very similar feature sets (something people complain about with Apple), and it means I have to buy a new phone less than a year after I purchased my Moto X. Sure, it's not Google's fault (I mostly blame VZW), but it doesn't really help bolster Android's reputation either.
  • I don't think you know what you're talking about.
  • My Moto X pure has most of the MM feature.
  • RIP For You & Your Damn Big Mouth Kid
  • Yipee my BlackBerry will get it :-)
  • Found an error. Nexus player only has 8gb storage not 16. "The Nexus Player, on the other hand, has a free microUSB port and doesn't move around. That means you can expand the existing 16GB of onboard storage to whatever you want," Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's correct.
  • Back at you qweerhed
  • Russel you meet Britney Girl Dale yet??
  • also am I the only one that finds the animated gif's distracting to reading the article??
  • Yes Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • They're little hypnotizing so I stare and my mind starts playing little sounds to the rhythm as they blink on and off. True story Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • I quite like them. It's a way of showing you how a feature works without having to embed a video that needs to buffer, all to view a simple animation or something. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I like them, but I wish that I could pause them so I could see the features better. Especially the "Do Not Disturb" one, where you have to quickly read through the options on both the Quick Settings shade and the DND submenu. I think that one could've been more cleanly handled with a traditional .jpg showing side-by-side screen shots of the shade followed by the submenu.
  • Lmao love the voicemails to 98 rock from that wack job. Let's hope Russell never bumps into old Britney girl... Erm guy. Posted via the MATERIAL AC App
  • lots of instant classic BGD moments from those voicemails... Just look at shim's killer smile!!
  • Thanks for the preview. Looking forward to several of these features, especially Notifications, better SD Card integration, and Power Management Posted from my XT1575
  • Totally agree. Nexus lifer.
  • I hope they really fixed the notifications for real. I can't do silence only with a notification icon. That's ridiculous. Only way is to do vibrate and notification. What the heck Google!!! Posted via the Android Central App on Moto X 2014/Moto G3/Moto G1/Lenovo Tab S8/ Lenovo Yoga 11 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
  • My phone is on silent, and I still get notifications on 5.0 and 5.1
  • You should still be getting the notification even when the phone is in "silent mode". Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm gonna install KitKat on my Moto phone cause I really miss it. Posted via the Android Central App on Moto X 2014/Moto G3/Moto G1/Lenovo Tab S8/ Lenovo Yoga 11 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
  • I love it LoL Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • 4.4.4 was gangsta Posted via the Android Central App
  • KitKat is ancient.
    2013 Ancient Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll sell you my Cricket Moto G1 LTE running 4.4.4.
  • Excellent write up. Have had Marshmallow on my Nexus 6 for a couple days now and it has basically doubled my battery life. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I call bs. Mine hasn't changed one bit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably depends on usage. Doze only works in standby mode so if you infrequently use your phone, the difference in battery life is going to be substantial, or at least bigger than a heavy user's experience. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I've seen this mentioned before, so help me understand: if you don't use your phone much, what advantage is there to extending battery life?
  • Doze is all about extending standby time and stopping bad apps from draining your battery. Example pre android m you could go to bed with 100% battery and wake up with like 80% or sometimes less if an app is constantly wake locking and you could sometimes wake up with link 60%. With Doze you can go to bed with 100% and maybe lose a percent or 2. What that means for battery life is when you are using your device you have more battery to use even though the actual consumption of when your using your device is same. So while before you lost like 20% while not even using your device now with android m you have that 20% available to use instead of having it wasted over night. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The advantage is that you substantially reduce the amount of battery that gets wasted while the phone is just sitting on your desk at work. Or on the kitchen counter while you're cleaning the house. Or on your nightstand while you're asleep. Say you have an extremely light user who only posts 1 hour SOT per day but you keep location on and have enough apps on your phone that you get below 50% by the end of the day--so you need to charge every night even though you still have plenty of battery left. With doze, you theoretically can turn that 1 hour of SOT per full charge into 2 or maybe even 3 hours of SOT per full charge because the battery can last you multiple days if you're a truly light user. The catch probably is that the phone has to be stationary on a table and not moving around in your pocket, purse, briefcase, backpack, etc. For people like my wife, that'd be a huge bonus. She's a very light user, has location off, etc. She gets several days per charge on her OG Moto G. But if her phone went from 6% overnight loss to 2% overnight loss (not to mention improved standby performance during the day), that would probably be another day of use for her.
  • It improved mine also, must be something wrong with your phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • mine on nexus 5 got worst
  • Mine got better. I've yet to charge it 2 days and its only gone down to 48%. Although I only use it when my 6 is charging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome
  • Great writeup...I hope to get Marshmallow update but since I've got an 'ancient' Note 3 it doesn't look too promising which I think is not fair. I mean heck we all could benefit from improvement on battery drain!!
  • Root that thing already
  • This review badly needs a video. There's a lot of detail that I think would be great to demonstrate.
  • I appreciate written reviews. Video isn't easy to skip ahead or back and requires audio which can't be used in a quiet place without earbuds or headphones. Every video review should include a transcript. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the review. I can't wait to try Marshmallow on my 2014 Moto X from Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You forgot the /s Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Is this sarcasm?
  • Probably shouldn't buy a carrier branded phone if you care about future updates or fast updates, that's a sad state but true.
  • Once you pop a carrier SIM in your unlocked Nexus you are at your carrier's mercy for updates. Just the way it is. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • What are you talking about. Nexus OTAs come from Google and have nothing to do with the carriers or the SIM. It's the subsidized network locked phones that have to have the OTA updates approved by the carrier. On a Nexus, the carriers are just dumb pipes.
  • Lol. Ya I was like,
  • Ditto, even if you buy a Nexus through a carrier Google is still in control of your updates. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope. Carriers are not in control of updates for Nexus. They can add bloatware during the setup process though. That was a feature of Lollipop. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really? I booted up my Nexus 6 from ATT without issues and was able to uninstall all of the apps they installed. The only thing I couldn't get rid of was their annoying loud boot up animation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not all bloatware is unremovable.
  • I've always been under the impression that bloatware was unremovable software. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, it's a term that predates mobile devices. It just means that the program/app comes preinstalled on your phone/tablet/computer.
  • Uhhhh.....was that meant to be sarcasm as well? Because that's not how it works. "Popping in a carrier sim" has nothing to do with it, it's just not buying carrier branded/tied phones. Which imo, no one should be doing anymore until things change.
  • that's not true at all. Nexus 5 | T-Mobile $30 Plan
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Lol now this is straight up. Sarcasm because you are dead wrong fwiend Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL good luck with that Posted via Nexus 5
  • No sarcasm here. Moto promised us access to all the latest updates and they'd never break their word. Marshmallow is definitely coming. ;-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Use the /s Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Nice write up. I think Marshmallow has been the best update for Android in a very long time. I have been using my Nexus 6 since I flashed it in Monday and I am impressed. It got me to take my Nexus 6 out of the drawer. Love the battery life, app permissions, and a small thing like having the battery life remaining in the battery icon! Still not happy with fragmentation, but that is why I keep a Nexus handy but Android overall is a hot mess. Bloat and carrier interference ruin Android updates for a lot of people. Posted via my Nexus 6 with Marshmallow!
  • Russel, you should have said that the Doze features can be circumvented by the developers, which most of them will.
    I truly truly hope hope HTC fixes the battery life and lag problems which came from the Lollipop update.
  • Only in the geek world do dudes get excited by anything called marshmallow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You've obviously never spent a weekend in Vegas.
  • LOL!!
  • No. I'm a church boy. LOL Posted via the Android Central App
  • Then you will fit right in. Theres a chapel on every corner in Vegas Baby!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Chapels made of Marshmellow???
  • I'm very much looking forward to SD card integration. I've been wanting this feature for years. Posted via the Android Central App
  • SD card integration will kill performance. That could be why they left microSD slots out of the new Nexus phones.
  • Could kill performance. We don't know yet.
  • Or it could, y'know, turn your 16gb phone *shudder* into a slightly slower 216gb phone at your whim Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Yes if you use a class 4 SD card but if you use a class 10 or higher it shouldn't make a big difference I hope. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use a Class 10 card on my G4 On paper, it is slower than the eMMC internal storage, but I haven't experienced any performance issues during my usage. Not yet at least Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • Stock 6.0 is even faster and smoother than I was expecting. For anyone that has nexus 6 I would recommend decrypting it if you get a chance. Especially if you're already gonna wipe it after getting the firmware anyway. Just use the nexus toolkit, its very easy and takes 2 minutes (after you unlock the bootloader which also takes 2 minutes with the toolkit ) Since the 5.1 update encryption performance has improved quite a bit but believe me, if you want to get maximum performance out of it you'll want to do it. In casual usage you won't notice a difference. But if you're on your phone for more than a few minutes you'll notice it can hang a bit when re-opening apps that are already in memory. That and slightly slower app loading speeds. Many will definitely notice an improvement after decryption. It and the nexus 5 are seriously still the 2 fastest Android devices I've ever used overall
  • If your Nexus was already buttery smooth, how can 6.0 be faster and smoother? What's butterier and smoother than buttery smooth? And how is it possible that your Nexus was buttery smooth if you noticed slightly slower app loading speeds? When someone has been saying for months that their Nexus with Lollipop is buttery smooth with no lag and then starts talking about hanging a bit and improvements in re-opening apps and how it is faster and smoother than buttery smooth, that's clearly trips the Nexus fanboy alarm. I never took anything you said seriously, but you've totally invalidated anything you've said in the past with this.
  • Like ice rubbing against ice, smoooooooth. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • You're an idiot. My shit's been decrypted since a day after I got the N6 months ago. So are many others since Nexus owners tend to know what the hell they're doing. It takes 2 mins and you don't even need to be rooted. Even if I kept it encrypted at least it would run like it has more than 500 mb of RAM unlike anything running touchlag, awe snap!! It's also faster overall than the note 5 with encryption enabled, which makes Samsung all that much more pathetic. I still find it amazing that the note 5 has 4 gigs of RAM and doesn't keep more than 6 apps cached in memory at any time. Touchwiz is such a piece of shit, lol.
  • "performance is being negatively affected by too much RAM being used" This is a very common misconception about Android and Linux, especially Linux. Performance is most negatively affected by using TOO LITTLE memory. Lots of things can degrade Android performance, but "too much RAM being used" is the least likely cause. The worst thing you can do is install a memory optimizer or app killer to free up RAM. Those things fight with Linux and Android's built-in RAM usage and do much more harm than good. Android runs best when you just leave it alone.
  • I've heard that argument fact the AC gang "debated" it on a podcast, though they were already convinced cleanmaster is malware. What I haven't heard is a real solution to my device slowing to a crawl and acting janky. Searching for a rogue app is not acceptable, I have at least 3 places I can find app consumption and they all tell me something different then to top it off do I really know if I should be shutting down some Google service that im not sure what's its doing in the first place? I just wanna load a web page not spend 2 hours on a crash course through android fuckery Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know anything about YOUR device, but here's what I'd do. I'd uninstall anything that resembles a optimizer or booster. Then boot to recovery and clear the cache(s). If that doesn't solve your performance problems, the next thing I would try is removing the microSD card if you have one -- even if you'll need to put it back. Just remove it and use your phone for a few hours to see if that's what's causing the slowdown (the microSD itself doesn't cause the problem, it's the apps that use it). Having failed all that, pretty much the only thing left is to search for the rogue app(s). Linux/Android isn't Windows, so thinking in terms of what causes Windows to slow down doesn't translate to Android. For example, most phones use ext4 as a filesystem, so filesystem fragmentation isn't really going to cause any problems.
  • I just treat that settings option as a helpful tool to find any rogue app consuming more memory than it needs. Also, Clean Master? Screw that. Anyone who says that it improves the performance of their phone clearly hasn't used their phone without that PoS Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • While true, and I probably could have worded that a little better, apps leaking RAM are a real problem (looking at you, every other update to Chrome and Facebook)
  • Yeah, memory leaks can kill performance, and in 99% of cases, the only way to undo the damage a memory leak has done is to reboot the phone, because normal garbage collection won't free up that RAM.
  • Nice review. I've been thinking about switching to Android from IOS. I really like IOS, but I'm tired of teeny tiny batteries. A new Verizon Droid or Nexus could be in my future....
  • Battery phone cases. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • That is a band aid, not a fix. Posted via the Android Central App
  • iPhone 6s Plus supposed to have great battery life....but switch anyway :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had the iPhone 6 Plus for a little over 5 months. Under normal usage, battery life was great, better than any previous non-rooted Android phone I've had. However, I just couldn't stand how limiting iOS is, so I switched back to Android. Android 6.0 looks promising with some of these new features, I'm especially looking forward to Doze. It's frustrating to set your phone down at work for 3 hours and then find that it has chewed through more than 10% of the battery while on standby. I can't wait for Samsung to fix this problem, so I pre-ordered a Nexus 6P. The battery life problem, and the constant lag and indecisive jittery throughout the UI despite having 3GB of RAM, are the main reasons I am getting rid of my Samsung S6 Edge. I'm looking forward to using a Nexus phone again. Although, I'm a little disappointed that the new Nexii phones do not have expandable storage. It would be great if it did because that's a long overdue feature many of Android fans have been wanting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great review! There are a couple of typos, someone should proofread it.
  • This was actually a very informative breakdown. I like this Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Thank U for the review. Looks as tho Android 6.0 is an attempt to modify, but not correct the hundreds of flaws in Lollipop. Your review confirms my move to iPhone. Too bad Android cant fix battery life, wifi and data connection, etc.
  • They did correct battery life (doze)? Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Also consider, battery life for many people was fine before doze. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doze is nothing more than a short cut to turn off running apps and cache running apps. Was always there, settings/apps/running apps. Confirms that the flaws are not fixed in marshmallow
  • Lol hundreds of flaws? What a joke. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I see that a dumb turd,such as yourself, was not even aware of the hundreds of flaws. I hang my head in shame for your ignorance.
  • Can you actually name 100 flaws? Let alone hundreds of flaws... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Certainly. A dumb turd, such as yourself, would not realize the flaws.
  • Please ban him ^^^^ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Vava, sorry I upset your ignorant self. Truth hurts, lol!!
  • What are these WiFi and data connection issues that you speak of? Because it's probably an OEM problem, that isn't on Google. Battery life depends on the user and the whole memory leak thing doesn't even affect every user. I'm not saying Android doesn't have issues but what you've listed aren't those. Also could you not call me a dumb turd for trying to understand what issues you're experiencing with Andorid? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Howie, I see your foolish self posts in the forums, yet you obviously don't read the issues, including those I mentioned. I pray for your denial, that you will accept the truth, and crawl back in your hole.
  • I read the issues otherwise I wouldn't respond. Also I'm not blind to the fact that many Android phones had issues with 5.0, however 5.1.1 corrected those made by Google in rushing code out. Every issue isn't always software either, hardware plays a major factor. The fact that you were so quick to respond with arrogance shows that you don't have your 100 of Android flaws ready to share with those of us who would've tried to help you with them had you not been a complete ass. Oh and FYI iPhone has software/hardware issues too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Howie, I'm continuing to pray for your dumb, ignorant self. As several have posted regarding flaws in lollipop, 5.11 did not correct the hundreds of issues. I hope your trailer has been cool during the past summer.
  • I never said there weren't flaws, just that there aren't hundreds. That's a stretch. I don't live a trailer, perhaps that reflection of self? However this will be my last response to you since instead sensibly discussing a issue you're the type of person who as to resort to name calling because they insist their truth is all that there is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Howie, we all appreciate your welfare subsidized ass not commenting any further, as you have proven that you are totally useless. Please stay warm in that trailer this winter :)
  • Trollolololololololol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Vava, we see that you are troll. Please refrain from advertising it yourself, you ignorant turd.
  • Please get the fuck out of here Posted via the Android Central App
  • ahmedjan-----sorry your flabby ass is intimated my honesty, lol. You are obviously a dumb turd, via reviewing your forum posts. I pray for your pathetic slit.
  • Nicely written reference for when I get MM.
    I read half, and if you don't mind I will wing it with the rest until I need to know. That sd card treatment seems an odd risk though. They should surely specify what cards will be reliable, but with the enormous sd card market, and potential litigation for bias, I guess they can't.
  • I dunno about that. There are standards of SD cards (class 4, class 10, extreme or something) so I imagine that SD cards of the same class will perform more or less the same. And because of the nature of standards, they should be able to avoid a brand bias. Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I agree
  • Been using it on my Nexus 7 (2013) for a few days now and it's really quite nice. I also can't believe it took Google this long to implement the ability to show battery percentage IN NUMBERS in the top bar. Unfortunately it's not very pretty, but it gets the job done - would be nice if I could just put the percentage up there without the little battery icon like on many custom ROMs but what can ya do. The built in Do not Disturb scheduling function is also very nice, and replaces the need for an outside app to handle it (most of which weren't working correctly with Lollipop and were never updated.)
  • There are a million battery apps out there. Battery widget reborn is my favorite. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Wonder if showbox will still work. ((( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, it does and now you can stop it from seeing your location for no reason whatsoever. Posted via the Android Central App
  • nm
  • Apk validation?! android is becoming nothing like what it stood for at launch because they want to make money. slowly but surely due to "security concerns" carriers, phone manufacturers and now google are gimping your phones and you arent even given the option of turning off the feature because you're a grown up who can handle their own phone security.
  • Can you explain how this gimps your phone? I mean, if you want viruses and malware then I understand why you wouldn't want this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Apparently you don't even understand concept of being responsible for your own actions, aka being grown-up... There are tons of scenarios when apk validation is a hindrance (i.e. using phone or tablet where you have no connection at all), but again the point is I SHOULD DECIDE WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH * M Y * DEVICE, not someone at Google, carrier, or anywhere else. And yes, if I want viruses and malware on MY device obviously it is none of your fucking business, isn't it?
    Turn it on or off as YOU like, but the option to have it on/off has to be there first, that is the problem.
  • Hi, I'm interested in the Marshmallow update . I don't own a Nexus so that's why I'm asking this question to you guys : when you long press the button of your wired headset while your screen is off and locked, does it still launch the ugly Voice Dialer or has it finally been replaced by Google Voice Search/Now ? Because the Voice Dialer feature on my Galaxy S5 is just driving me nuts Thanks !
  • Hmmm, on a nexus that would launch voice search. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That depends on what the OEM decides as it differs from phone to phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • So is there a limit to the OTG storage? Can I attach a USB hard drive to my Nexus Player?
  • Because these are refinements to Lollipop, there is no reason that the Moto X Classic shouldn't receive them as well. It is regrettable that it most likely will not. Keeping it anyway. Via the Moto X Classic
  • I have the note 4 with T-Mobile and we haven't received not even the 5.1 update so what's going on
  • The note 4 came out last year this time, so it won't be getting 6.0 until after the s6 and s6 edge, and those phones haven't gotten it yet either. So you probably won't see 6.0 until early 2016
  • I check the T-Mobile software upgrade and it should be out the 6.0 and nothing so far
  • (just some personal feedback) Russell, thanks for this.
    As usual, I'm enjoying your write ups, loaded with good quality info, and also I also like the animated gifs which help illustrate and solidify the point across.
    Keep up the great work.
  • Holy shit why is your site so add ridden and janky. Who actually visits this crap?
  • Why comment then asshat Hail Putrid Pile
  • Did you mean ad? Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Also, stop installing pirated apps. You're better than that." This is why I love you guys. One Android group I'm in (that I am really starting to hate) has people asking questions about getting paid apps for free or sharing piracy methods. It's so annoying and wrong to the point where I'm considering leaving the group. Developers work hard to give us apps that we all know and love and the best thing we can do to support them is to buy their app. If we are all filthy pirates, then developers won't see the point of putting a paid app on Android, which hurts us legitimate users. The only reason that I consider borderline acceptable is to get a free app that has a regional lock on it. Though please install it from Google Play once you travel to the regions where said app is available on the Play Store. Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • Although I agree with you there are rare cases where the developer doesn't deserve to be paid
    I can't think of an example at the moment but there are certainly some cases
    Don't misunderstand me I don't support piracy but for the developer to get paid he needs to deserve it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hurry up with bringing Marshmallow to my Nexus 6 already. There's no excuse for Google to Moto bring out software updates the way Apple does with iOS where everyone gets in simultaneously. Google only has a few Nexus devices to worry about. Posted via My Nexus 6
  • Actually there is an excuse because when apple releases a bug ridden update everyone is effected at the same time. Google with their tiered update can catch a bad update before everyone is affected. Sounds like a great compromise when you can update your nexus by flashing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Case in point, I actually hate my iPad Air 2 after the recent iOS 9.0.2 update. Games crash for no apparent reason whatsoever (I never have more than 5 apps open at the same time). Posted via the Android Central App
  • But even Apple does staged rollouts, not all Apple devices get the update first day, hasn't been the case since like the iPhone3 NO ONE pushes out updates to all devices from day one, no one has the server capacity to do that, plus Apple needs to make sure older devices only get the gimped updates
  • U.S. carriers would hate this idea since carriers need to remove the features they don't want and add in the apps and features they want in the OS. If you every use an international branded model; big difference in features and speed!
  • My devise is micromax a1, upgraded to 6.0, lots of bugs and I have problems with apps, they won't open saying "unfortunately stoped" help me.
  • Even on Lollipop I've had a few bugs and I own a Nexus 6. I remember about 2 weeks ago I couldn't use any of my Google Apps it kept saying 'unfortunately Google +has stopped working' I don't like that it's taking too long for the Marshmallow update. It's only the Nexus line Google has only a handful of Nexus devices to worry about there are no excuses. Posted via My Nexus 6
  • Disappointed with marshmallow, I wish I could go back to lollipop
  • I love my Nexus 6 but even Google isn't as quick with updates as Apple is and they control updates with the Nexus line. So what gives? Posted via My Nexus 6
  • Um they have monthly security updates now and you can flash factory images to Nexus devices as soon as Google releases them with new builds of Android (my Nexus 9 had 6.0 since the day it came out) Posted via the Android Central App
  • They do a staged rollout to catch a bug in case it appears before it affects a lot of users Posted via the Android Central App
  • These stupid scrolling ads you have are terrible. Couldn't even read the article on a Nexus 6 using chrome. Love the content here at this site but the new format and ads are really bad on mobile.
  • Their site is terrible, download their app on Google play. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can't stand the site.. It's the worst site I've ever seen. The app however, is great.
  • Next time do a freaking video review instead of typing a whole essay!
  • Android authority has a nice video review. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Youtube
  • Stop bitching. They are writers, they write. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They also make videos
    What's the point of having a YouTube channel if you don't use it ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good point, however their main thing is writing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All are well and good...but i see a bit of problem with the external storage handling..what if i insert a external storage with full of data..all get wiped??? :0
  • It's all great, I really like where Android 6 is going, it is what half-assed Lollipop should have been at launch, *BUT IT IS STILL ALL SO FUCKING WHITE* and because of that after 2 days I flashed back Kitkat again.
    Also the reviewer is gasping over stuff like "webview" or "streamlined interface" and such, but those are great for developers, not users. For users who cares if the web content from within some app opens up in a Chrome's page disguised to look like part of the original app, or in "full" Chrome! And by the way, for people concerned about privacy it might be a big no-no if this said "webview" won't have same privacy features as "full" Chrome, it may become yet another tool for sneaky developers to harvest even more users data. Googlers, if you read this:
    If it is really so hard for you guys to make a proper dark theme then here's half-ass solution worth half-assed Lollipop: (as I said it when I tried 5.0 before) at least add an option to have this horrible white background in grey/greyish and it will be already better! It can't be easier than that (if you're so inefficient in making a proper theme through few OS updates and now second OS...)
    Also this constant dumbing-down of UI look has to stop.
    I'm afraid that somewhere at Android 7.0/8.0 you will dumb-down all the icons to the same primitive level as idiots at Microsoft did from Windows 8 onward, they all became indistinguishable from each other... Even though you keep different colors at least, some of your icons are already getting there too, i.e. Play Books and Newsstand after last updates already are so similar looking that one more dumbing-down change like this will blend them together, can't you see? Enough of this primitive-look shit! Old "Play Books" icon looked like a book, this new one can be many things, but resemblance to a book is the last that come to mind... even big "B" (for books) would be better than this...
  • Thank you for the great review. I have been using M for about a week and really like it. Some feedback on androidcentral mobile experience: Each of these seven pages took twenty seconds to load on WiFi.
  • Just waiting for my M for my Nexus 6. can't wait!! Posted via the Android Central App