Google said it has started rolling out its new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system to Nexus users. The OS includes Now on Tap for better assistance, battery-smart features and new app permissions. The new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory.
The company explained that Now on Tap stays on tasks, instantly pulling up relevant info and helping the user to get more done. For example, if a customer gets an email about meeting a friend at an event or place, they can tap and hold on the home button, allowed Now on Tap to assist by providing links to information about the event or place, shortcuts to relevant apps and a calendar entry for the date, time and location.
The smart-battery features will provide longer battery time by improving how devices charge, with two new features to decrease a device’s thirst for power. With Doze, Android recognizes when a device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state to conserve power. App Standby puts seldom used apps into a reduced activity state to conserve battery for those apps used more frequently by the owner.
With the new app permissions model, users can pick and choose which permissions to grant apps at the time of use. Apps designed for Android Marshmallow only ask for a permission at the time it’s needed to use a feature. Users can deny any permission and still continue to use the app; they can also turn on and off any permission, for any app, at any time.
For fingerprint sensor enabled devices, Marshmallow will make the fingerprint the gatekeeper to unlocking the device, authorizing transactions in the Google Play Store, signing into 3rd party apps, and going through checkout with Android Pay.
Android Marshmallow also speeds migration from an old phone to a new one, or set-up for an Android TV or tablet. Customers only need say “OK Google, set up my device” from their phone. For TV, transfer will take place over Wi-Fi passwords.
Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will get an over the air software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In addition to the new Nexus 5X and 6P, other devices will soon ship with Android 6.0. Business users can register for the Android for Work Live online event on 4 November.