ZOPO With Android 6.0 Marshmallow – All You Need To Know
Shenzhen, China – October 27th – The first devices running the newest Android 6.0 Marshmallow are out in the wild already. Google's Nexus models and Android One devices are the first to have the new updated OS delivered to its users, but gradually, many more devices will have the update available to them. ZOPO is not indifferent to the inevitability to have the latest Android version on its devices - present, and future ones. So, let's try to understand exactly what does Marshmallow brings with it for the users...
Last year's big update, Android 5.0 Lollipop, brought a huge skin graphic change to Android. Not only on the visual side of things, but also the interface and functionality aspects changed, giving users the impression that they were using a brand new system.
The same does not happen with Android 6.0. With Marshmallow, you shouldn't be surprised if you can't notice any obvious difference right after the update. If anything, 6.0 polishes and softens the edges from last year's update into a more solid and easy to use experience.
Google Now on Tap
Now on Tap is perhaps the most significant new functionality introduced with Marshmallow, and probably the one you'll be using all the time.
Basically, it works by pressing and holding the home button while using an app or visualizing content, and a Google card will show up on screen with context sensitive information relevant to what you are checking at the moment. That information can (and very often will) include options to open other apps, follow links, share content, etc. Meaning, yes, Google will be “reading” and analyzing in real time everything the user is doing at all times (as long as an internet connection is enabled). If this makes you feel uncomfortable for privacy concerns or any other reasons, there are options to limit the software. If however you're open to what Now on Tap has to offer, Android will reveal itself to be one of the most “intelligent” and dynamic pieces of software you ever used up until now!
We have come a very long way in improving backing up data since Android first showed up years ago. Still, when the time comes to change smartphone, people still cringe at the thought of having to back up and transfer data. More often than not, changing device feels like an inconvenient restart, and not so much a prolongation and/or continuation of our data life cycle.
Android 6.0 changes all this, and finally improves and turns backing up into a really easy and non-intrusive process. Every time the smartphone is using wifi, Android will be discretely backing up apps data into the cloud. If a factory reset occurs or if the user wishes to use a new device, all that needs to be done is connect and login to the user's Google account and Android will just get all those personal settings configurations and login information back.
Battery Life (Doze Mode)
Smartphones brought with them an incalculable amount of innovation and value to everyone's life, and very much changed the way people interact with each other, and information. But, they also introduced people to problems that apparently didn't exist before smartphones became mainstream. Battery life is one of such problems, forcing everyone to be highly skilled “energy managers” for their devices just to make sure they make through the day.
Android 6.0 introduces Doze Mode, a smart managing system that will allow Android to “smartly” take control over energy needs within your device. Leave your smartphone alone for a while, and Doze will gradually disable unused apps, turn off app updates and other background activity that would otherwise drain your battery.
Up until now, whenever a new app was about to be installed, Google would display all actions that the app would potentially be able to perform on the device, if permission to install it was given. Now with Marshmallow, Google will instead only notify users when a new kind of activity is about to be triggered by an app, asking the user to deny or allow the app to execute whatever it's setting itself up to do.
If you thought fingerprint scanners on your phone would only be used to unlock the screen, think again. Coming Android 6.0, fingerprints will be used as authentication method for a vast array of different functions and options. Online purchases are the most obvious novelty for the use of fingerprint authentication, but we can expect it to grow into many other areas, and most likely push for the development of fingerprint-centric apps in the near future.
It's hard to pin-point all new additions to an updated OS, and we know from experience that only time will truly reveal the deeper and more subtle changes. But for now, these listed here are some of the most prevalent, and they will certainly be used by you in the very near future on your ZOPO smartphone...
All images used in this article were taken from the official Google Android 6.0 webpage, used under the privileges and responsibility of fair use.
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