A week ago that came to light new versions of Google’s mobile operating system, 6.0 Android Marshmallow, for devices prior to the newly submitted 5 X and Nexus Nexus Nexus 6 p.
Is available via the download of the image of the system so we decided to download it and Flash our Nexus 5 to see the differences and improvements to Lolipop and the latest Developer Preview. This new version will not leave anyone indifferent and are not few innovations that brings with it.
Installation and startup
This new version will arrive in format update OTA for Nexus devices and also for the latest generations of the major brands (Huawei, Sony, Motorola, Samsung, etc) as we have already seen above.
In our case, we have proceeded to the installation via the official 6.0 Android system image flashing, clean install, deleting all the terminal to avoid possible incompatibilities for applications previously installed with the new version.
After completion of the process, which has been the same since 2013, the terminal takes about 15 minutes to make the first boot, what for many is an eternity and it would appear that we have a case of bootloop, new logo by the way, but not so. Patience.
First impressions: more of the same thing or not?
Yes, it is so hard. First impressions once the system starts operating a false attitude are passive aggressive because aesthetically and in terms of operation the operating system seems to be Android 5.1.1 Lolipop.
This new version does not give a substantial leap in design or operation of the operating system, as that we saw in Android 4.4 jump to Android 5.0.
Marshmallow nor will go down in history as a version that allows to extract a greater potential hardware hidden as we saw in Lolipop and take advantage of new ART machine against the cuasiobsoleta Dalvík.
However, that let’s go sailing by the system we’re going realizing details and features that improve the user experience.
Most of new features to improve security
MarshMallow is a version that offers necessary safety improvements for the operating system. It will not only allow Google releasing security patches independently to the updates of the system, which is reflected in the information system and point that aims to combat threats such as Stagefright, but that they also arrive, finally, and natively support permits the user.
Surely many of you say, that could already do with my make of mobile. But is this Marshmallow where integrates natively with the operating system.
In this way a user goes from being a passive entity that if you want to install an application must accept all the permissions that you ask for the application, a user who shall have power decision on what they can use or not an application.
I.e. if Android most users act as in computers and desktop by clicking Next, next, and next without reading during the installation, now a user you can see what permissions requests an application and revoke your use.
You can delete, a posteriori of the installation permits such as the use of camera, access to your calendar, or any kind of permission that the application does not have to work but the developer asks. There are tools such as flashlights for mobile, which only light up the LED of the camera asking for access to much more than the camera and is something that we can already control with Marshmallow. According to my point of view Android power user is a feature interesting, but surely the majority of Android users or use it.
Other features that Google has changed for the sake of improving security is a phone that is connected via USB, connects by default in mode “Just charge”, forcing the user to change the mode if you want to access your content.
Browsing more in-depth features of Marshmallow, also we have a feature that prevents applications can learn about internal data of our device as for example the Wi-Fi MAC address either Bluetooth now requiring the types of permission ACCESS-FINE-LOCATION either ACCESS-COARSE-LOCATION to access that information.
Improvements in accessibility and use of every day
Another new feature of Android arrive for improved ergonomics / accessibility of the system, i.e. easy to use functions, avoiding additional steps or relocating buttons to keep them more handy. An example of this is the new unlock screen where we can access camera or Google Now directly.
Another clear example of this is the renewed aesthetics and functioning of copy and paste text. Now shows a popup with the ability to copy, cut, paste and share to select either text or an image.
Here we should also mention that Google still weaving its network of services since it also adds the possibility of translation via Google Translate’s text.
I.e., you don’t have to copy the text, go to the Google Translate website or application and paste that text to translate, but it directly from the menu that appears when selecting it, you can choose to translate.
It is not be functionality that change us life, but it will save us steps to copy and paste content or search the meaning of that little word.
Rizando curl and going a step further, this sharing feature has also been improved and is, according to Android detects your usage patterns, it will offer you the possibility of sharing not only with a service specifically, read WhatsApp or Telegram, for example, but that you will have direct access to share directly with the user through that service rather than having to choose the service and then in the list of users already within that application.
With Android 6.0 we have subtle improvements that will make you save a few minutes in your day to day without realizing
Following this line, we have also, but only in English for now, functionality Now on Tap, which is launching a search for Google Now on the information we have on screen, this way we could access information about movies or restaurants nearby if we are keeping a Whatsapp conversation about it with only let down the Home button.
As we say, at the moment it is available only in English, and although our first tests have been successful, we are looking forward to get in Spanish to get a more realistic idea. At the moment, we are asking the wildcard of the public to judge this feature.
Another interesting feature is the possibility of well use external memory via microSD or USB (OTG connection) as internal memory and then centralize installation of applications, data, and pictures. It is a step which goes beyond that which until now could do, since the external medium is used literally as internal storage medium and not only certain types of data.
In our case, Nexus 5, have tested the functionality with a pendrive with a microUSB connection. We see it as a solution for those users who are running out of space and can use a microSD to expand, really, that space. Problem to consider: speed of reading and writing and the durability of this medium.
Synthetic performance in applications and games
We already saw that Developer Preview versions were in the line of Lolipop in terms of pure performance, in fact in some respects was something behind (normal being updates no-finales).
It is now time to return to those data and pass the tests to the final version to compare you to your device. The initial evidence pointed to that not I exprimiríamos more hardware with this new version at those levels although, thanks to the improvement in the framework, management of RAM and use multi-core should see slight improvements in some sections.
|Android 5.1.1||6.0 Android DP3||Android 6.0 final|
|PCMark||Work Performance 4.780
|Work Performance 4.575
|Work Performance 4.618
|3DMark||Ice Storm Unlimited 17.056||Ice Storm Unlimited 15.711||Ice Storm Unlimited 17.391|
|Vellamo||Chrome Browser 2.982
|Chrome Browser 2.813
|Chrome Browser 3.025
* Fails Benchmark before the end (incomplete results)
As you can see the improvements, according to tests, they are tiny and very similar to Lolipop results are obtained. It is clear that this version of Android brings new features and functionalities that are the great Fort of Android 6.0, performance improves, but it is not something remarkable.
Doze and the increase, or not, in autonomy
Another of the large sections that were played in the presentation of 6.0 Android Marshmallow were improvements in autonomy and in particular discussed Doze functionality.
Speaking in silver is a feature that detects when the terminal is at rest, with the screen turned off for some time and without performing any operation, and low rate of application data update.
Google warned an improvement in performance of up to 30% and this week of use we have been able to remove several conclusions about.
- Depends on your use of the mobile pattern, if you’re a very active user who takes advantage of every moment to see notifications, or play games, this feature almost no will bring you additional autonomy. However, if the use you make of the terminal is less demanding you will begin to see more autonomy.
- That 30% improvement is in the best of cases and we have approached us the weekend since we have used less terminal, but we have not reached such improvement. We spent the day without charging terminal to endure day and little else.
Doze is a feature that makes the terminal to stay more time in sleep mode. It organizes requests for updating data and manages them at a stroke in time more spaced intervals, allowing the terminal to stay longer in sleep state.
This is an interesting feature but if you are an intensive user or Doze (treze, nor catorze ;)) will make notes improvement in autonomy, since the time of rest from the terminal is not going with you.
And finally, Google that it has integrated support for USB 3.1 c-type, i.e. not only physically connector will be easier to use, to be reversible, but will allow a higher power transmission, up to 3 amps (in standard cables).
This means that faster loads could get along with new hardware driver load.
Marshamallow is the way to go
Google has shown improvements interesting in this version and some that go beyond what we have been able to prove, as for example, the integration of the native support of fingerprint reader. It is another improvement in security that can not only serve as a means of terminal unlocking but can be used to launch various applications either authenticate payments online via Android Pay, among other services.
Improvements in autonomy are always interesting, but in this case, it is the first step on a long road of optimization of the use of the battery at rest and it is something in the majority of cases at the moment not be noticed in excess.
In this version we also have a new RAM memory manager that allows us to keep track of what you consume applications, but is only like that a tool for advanced as well as also the new Storage Manager, looking very careful Material Design users
Now is the time that the manufacturers to climb on the bandwagon of MarshMallow, and although we have already seen the positioning of some manufacturers (Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Samsung), there are still many to position itself in this regard. This is one of the battles that Apple has won Street and if Android wants to move forward should solve this string in which Google will pull from other manufacturers.
Hidden features and surprises
We look forward to being able to prove a Nexus 5 X either Nexus 6 p to be able to take advantage of all functionalities integrated in Android 6.0, so that you know Xatakeros, you will be the first to be informed as soon when we tested them thoroughly.
However we found with features available in versions of development that have been hidden either by having not become mature enough for the launch or it they are functions that have not been explained in depth and that are sure more than any of you want to try.
In Android 6.0 There are several and we are going them to explain this week both in text and in video. Among them is the option of using memory microSD or USB as the internal storage, uninstall pre-installed applications without resorting to root either user or a dark theme interface configuration mode.