Google's latest mobile operating system has been making its rounds in the internet through leaks and beta tests over the four months' course. Today, the search engine giant has made it official as it unveils Android 6.0 Marshmallow in San Francisco. The new dessert-themed operating system will start rolling out to Google's Nexus smartphones and tablets first, and of course, other manufacturers will follow up with the update.
Google's September 29th event is of key importance to the future of Android a sit sets another milestone for the mobile operating system. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a heap load of improvements to deliver better stability and UX to users in the platform. Doze, a new power saving mode in Android, will let devices shut down processes when the operating system detects that it has not been used for a period of time, therefore saving more juice instead of wasting it in processes that have been running in the background.
Another new feature that comes in Android 6.0 Marshmallow is 'Now on Tap.' It lets Google's search engine look in the user's applications and scan content displayed on the screen should the users want more information on what is being shown.
Google has also revised Android's app permissions system in the latest version, giving users more control over the data the apps will have access to. Denying or allowing access to the device's camera or location can now be set.
There is not much change on the user interface, however. Unlike what Google did with the incremental upgrade from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow does not come with a complete overhaul. It still comes with Google's familiar Material Design - a minimalistic yet colorful approach in its user interface. Users can now ask Google Now for further information in 'more contextual ways' as well.
Of course, Nexus tablets and smartphones will be the first devices in line to get the update. Other devices will then follow afterwards. HTC has also announced that their One M8 and M9 will be receiving the update before 2015 ends.