Android Marshmallow: l the little things [FINABUI UATES]

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 6 Oct 2015

UATED SDE AND TEXT: l the small things
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enever I get my hs on a new operating system, I get just as excited by the small tweaks as I do by the major talking points. And Android Marshmallow doesn’t disappoint: though it looks like llipop on the surface, it comes packed with all sorts of refinements additions that promise to make your Android experience that much more enjoyable. Here are 27 to check out.

Updated 10/6/15: ‘ve changed some slides, added new ones, to account for changes new features in the official public release.

Bolder lock screen text
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The lock screen received a slight refresh in Android Marshmallow: The text used for the clock is bolder than it was with Android llipop. It’s a very minor change, but you may find the heavier text to be easier to read at a glance.

so, when you power up your phone, be sure to take a look at the cool new boot animation! Turn off your phone turn it back on if you missed it!

UATED TEXT: It’s Android 6.0
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In case you missed it, Android Marshmallow is officially Android 6.0. Go to Settings > About phone  see for yourself.

NE! ‘s new logo makes its Android debut
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‘s retooled logo appears all throughout Android Marshmallow. For example, you’ll spot it on the boot screen, in the search box, on various icons for -supplied apps. The old logo isn’t completely dead yet, though, as it appears in a few spots in Marshmallow.

UATED SDE, TEXT, TIT: Android Marshmallow Easter Egg
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typically buries an Easter Egg deep in its Android releases—for example, llipop comes with a hidden Flappy Bird clone. The Flappy Droid game lives on in Android 6.0, but with a new Marshmallow theme.

Go to Settings > About phone, then tap the Android version repeatedly until a stylized “M” icon appears onscreen. Tap it again, a marshmallow with Android antennae appears in place of the M. Next, tap hold the icon for a second or two, then repeat this process until the Flappy Android game opens. ess the ay button to start a game. en you’re done, press the Home button to return to the homescreen.

New lock screen notification panel behavior
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The notification panel on the lock screen was a little wonky with Android llipop, as ’s noted—it basically showed you what you were already looking at on the lock screen itself. Android Marshmallow improves on things somewhat—instead of merely showing another instance of your notifications, it’ll open the quick settings panel instead. Your notifications will slide down appear below the quick settings panel.

NESCREEN: Now voice search from the lock screen

apparently realized that people don’t make phone calls as much as they used to: The dialer shortcut on the lock screen has been replaced with a shortcut to Now’s voice search functionality. Simply swipe from the lower left corner to start a voice search.

UATED TEXT: Redesigned app drawer
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The app drawer gets an overhaul in Android Marshmallow. First off, it’s now a scrollable pane rather than a series of pages. Apps are listed in alphabetical order, if you drag the scroll thrumb along the right edge, you’ll get a pop-up letter that shows where in the alphabet you are. Neat. These changes may be a bit jarring for long-time Android users, but they’ll make finding apps that much easier for everyone else.

Quick access to frequently used apps
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The app drawer has another pair of tools designed to make finding apps easier. The first is a quick-access bar that shows your four most frequently used apps. This panel also appears when you use the search box on the home screen or Now screen.

UATED TEXT AND SDE: App drawer search box
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so new is a search box in the app drawer, so you can quickly easily go to the app you want to use without having to scroll through the list. Tapping Search for more apps will open a search for other apps containing the search term you entered.

Uninstall apps without leaving the homescreen
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Uninstalling an app on Android Marshmallow no longer requires you to go digging through Settings: Simply drag an app to the homescreen, then to Uninstall. Similarly, you can view app info or remove an app from a folder by dragging an app’s icon to the appropriate comm.

New Android, new wallpaper
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No new Android release would be complete without new wallpapers, Android Marshmallow is no exception. Visit Settings > Display > llpaper to check out your options.

Separate volume levels for ringtones, alarms, media playback
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How often have you wanted to temporarily lower your ringtone notification volume, but still keep blaring your music at full blast? Android M now comes with separate volume control sliders for media playback notifications. You used to have to set these individually in the Settings menu.

UATED TEXT AND SDE: Retooled share menu
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The Share menu gets a new look in Android Marshmallow. Instead of a traditional list of menu items, it now displays sharing options in a grid of icons.

The + icon, which went missing in eview 3, is back in the public release of Android Marshmallow.

UATED SDE: Settings Settings are now one
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Have you ever found yourself puzzled as to why Settings—where you would go to change your preferences for various services—lived in a separate app instead of, you know, in the Settings app? Under Android Marshmallow, Settings live within the Settings app: st go to Settings > .

UATED TEXT: Dark mode: Now you see it…
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In the first Android Marshmallow developer build, a new setting tucked away in the hidden developer options let you switch from llipop’s generally light-colored theme to something less glaring. The dark interface theme disappeared in the second developer build, though, it isn’t present in the final release. Still, here’s hoping we’ll see it in a future version of Android.

NESDE AND TEXT: Meet System UI Tuner
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A hidden developer tool called SystemUI Tuner lets you tweak various aspects of your phone’s interface, like what appears in the quick settings drawer status bar. The demo mode may come in useful if you take screenshots for publishing online or in print—it hides extra icons in the status bar, shows a default time, shows your battery as fully charged.

To turn on System UI Tuner, slide open the notification panel, then swipe down again until the Quick Settings tray slides open. ess hold the gear icon until it starts spinning. Confirm that you want to turn on System UI Tuner, then go to Settings > System UI Tuner to see what it can do.

Customizable quick settings drawer
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My favorite System UI Tuner tool might be the ability to customize Android’s quick settings drawer. Tap Quick settings, rearrange quick settings options by dragging dropping the icons.

r-app battery saver mode
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Android llipop has a battery-saver mode that you can switch on to save precious power when your battery gets low. Android Marshmallow builds off of llipop with an enhanced “doze” mode , which limits certain background tasks when your phone’s been inactive for a period of time.

If you want all background tasks to continue for a given app, though, you can turn “doze” mode off on a per-app basis. Go to Settings > Battery, then go to the Options menu (the three dots in the upper right) tap Battery optimization. Tap the downward-pointing arrow, then tap l apps. Tap an app’s name, then tap Don’t optimize. Tap Done when you’re all set.

Turn off heads-up notifications
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If you dislike the so-called “heads-up” notifications that slide over on-screen content in Android llipop, Android Marshmallow is here to rectify the situation—at least a little. To turn off heads-up notifications on a per-app basis, go to Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications. Tap an app you no longer want heads-up notifications from, then toggle the low peeking switch to the off position.

NESDE:Do Not Disturb
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Android’s Notification iority Downtime features for silencing notifications got some love in Android Marshmallow, as well as a new umbrella name: Do Not Disturb. New granularity lets you set different quiet hours for weekdays weekends, lets you set one-time notification-free periods for events—you can even set your phone to automatically silence all notifications when you accept a calendar invitation.

The quick settings drawer’s new Do Not Disturb item has a few tricks worth checking out. th it, you can also now toggle Do Not Distrub on or off, set a duration, specify which notifications you want to see.

NESDE: Use Bluetooth to improve G accuracy
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You might already know that you can have your phone use nearby -Fi hotspots to improve its location accuracy, but in Android Marshmallow, you can set Bluetooth to improve G accuracy as well. Go to Settings > cation, then tap the Options menu (the three dots), then tap Scanning.

Easily toggle app permissions
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nt to see which apps have access to your camera or microphone? You can easily do that in Android Marshmallow. Go to Settings > Apps, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner, then tap App permissions. From there, you’ll be able to to see which apps have access to what— revoke permission if you want.

By default, this view shows only apps with access to your information. To show hidden system services as well, tap the Options button (the three dots in the upper right), then tap Show system.

New Memory Manager
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The Memory Manager screen gets a refresh in Android Marshmallow, provides an at-a-glance view of how much memory each app uses up on average, as well as their maximum memory usage. Go to Settings > Memory to view basic stats. To see more advanced information, tap Memory used by app, then tap on any app to get more details on that app’s memory use.

Set new default apps
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Android Marshmallow has one more change that promises to improve app management: a new, one-stop shop for setting default apps for various tasks. Using the new Default Apps settings pane (Settings > Apps, tap the gear icon, then tap Default Apps), you can change your default voice assistant app, browser, phone app, SMS app. It’d be great to see more options in the future, it’s too bad this useful feature is buried in the Settings app.

The gear icon in the Apps settings houses a few other advanced features, such as whether an app can “draw” over other apps (that is, whether an app can display information atop another app) or whether an app can modify system settings. As roid points out, though, it’s still unclear why these features are here, so we’ll have to wait see.

New text selection editing interface
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At I/O, showed off a new interface for hling text in Android Marshmallow. This new interface was missing in the first developer preview, but it’s present in the second preview build.

Instead of the toolbar that appeared at the top of the screen, as was the case in prior version of Android, text editing comms now appear in a floating toolbar directly above the text you’ve selected. Tap the Options button (the three dots) to view more comms.

Instantly delete or share screenshots
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Have you ever snapped a screenshot only to realize that maybe you didn’t need it? Android Marshmallow lets you delete it right away—just pull down the notification panel, look for the “screenshot captured” notification, then tap Delete. Tapping Share brings up a share sheet, so you can easily email the screenshot to someone or upload it to your Dropbox account.

NE! llet is out; Android y is in
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recently rebred llet as Android y, turning llet into a way to send money to friends. (Confused yet?) So if you used the old llet app on your phone to pay at stores, you’ll want to use Android y with Android Marshmallow.