Android Marshmallow release date, news and features

Updated: Android Marshmallow release date, news and features

Android Marshmallow release date, news and features Update: Android Marshmallow is the official name of Google’s next operating system update. Expect it at the end of the month.

The sugar rush is on at Google in preparation for the Android Marshmallow release date in a few days. Now that we know the sweet-treat name, we’re one step closer to downloading it.

Say goodbye to Android 5.0 Lollipop and, soon, hello to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest mobile platform from Google. Expect thousands of bugs to have been squashed and a new layer of polish.

We tested the Android Marshmallow beta at Google IO 2015 in San Francisco, and while it remained an incremental update, we’re still stocking up on all the meaningful news and latest features.

Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop: 6 things Marshmallow does betterCut to the chaseWhat is it? The successor to Android LollipopWhen is it out? Confirmed September 29 launch eventWhat will it cost? As with all Android upgrades it’s freeAndroid Marshmallow release date

Bad news folks, you won’t be able to get your hands on Android Marshmallow straight away – unless you’re a developer. If you’re a beta tester, you’re already playing with Android 6.0 Developer Preview.

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Good news, everyone else. Google has invited us to a “s’more” filled press conference on September 29 where we’re promised “hands-on time.” Ready for Nexus devices for this incoming update.

The company is likely to also launch the Nexus 5 2015 and Nexus 6 2015 phones at this event, so it’ll be a high-profile, Android-filled unveiling in San Francisco.

Android Marshmallow release date: when can I get it?Android Marshmallow / Android 6 name

Android Marshmallow is official name of the next update, ending speculation that it might be called muffin, milkshake or, less appealingly, malt ball.

Internally, it’s been previously dubbed Macadamia Nut Cookie and publicly teased as “Android M.” But now a marshmallow-carrying Android statue on Google’s campus. confirms the big switch.

Here’s what the TechRadar team want it to be called

The Marshmallow version number is Android 6.0, according to Google’s developer software documents. It’s making the full leap from last year’s Android 5.0 update, despite small changes being made.

Android Marshmallow developer preview

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As mentioned, developers were able to get their grubby mitts on a Android Marshmallow preview from May 28, with support for the Nexus 5 2013, Nexus 6 2014, the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player.

Some may be disappointed to see a lack of love for the smaller Nexus 7 slate – so fingers crossed Google pushes out the final software to it later this year.

Meanwhile at the end of June, Sony became the first hardware maker to offer the Android Marshmallow developer preview for non-Nexus models.

According to Sony, the following smartphones and tablets will be able to download the Android M developer preview: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia T3.

This list gives us a pretty good idea of what handsets will be upgraded to the final version of Android Marshmallow once it releases. The new Sony Xperia Z3+ is noticeable by its absence, but we’re pretty certain that it will get the update as well.

Android Pay

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Android Pay just launched, and so it’s technically available without Android Marshmallow, since it’ll be supported on devices with NFC running Android KitKat and above.

That said, the Google’s refreshed digital wallet service will be made better by Android 6.0. The software pushes fingerprint sensor functionality for the first time, just in time for new Nexus phones.

Android Pay means there’s no need to open an app to make a payment, all you’ll need to do unlock and place your handset on a compatible contactless payment terminal.

For those rocking Android Marshmallow on their device, you’ll also be able to use Android Pay within third-party applications for simple purchases which don’t require you to enter all your details every time.

Find out more about Android PayAndroid Marshmallow fingerprint support

We’ve seen some smartphone manufacturers already include fingerprint scanners in their devices, but with Android Marshmallow Google is looking to make the support standardized across the whole platform.

As well as allowing you to unlock your device and pay for media from the Google Play Store the fingerprint scanning tech is also open to developers.

That means devs can build it into their own applications, allowing you to sign into them without the need for a password, as well as pay for goods using Android Pay.

Android Marshmallow voice controls

Android Marshmallow looks like it is getting even better voice control thanks to the new Voice Interaction API, which will allow app developers to build voice control directly into their apps.

This means that owners of Android Marshmallow devices will be able to speak to their apps – and the apps will even talk back!

One of the examples Google has detailed s with the TuneIn app, which now uses the API. A user can say “OK Google, listen to music on TuneIn”, and the TuneIn app will not only load, but will then ask out loud “What genre of music would you like to listen to?”.

The user can then reply with their favourite genre. This natural way of speaking to your smartphone and the apps installed could revolutionise the way we interact with our smartphones.

To demonstrate the potential of Voice Interaction API, Google has released a video, which can be viewed below.

And there’s more, so click the next page button below to find out about power, charging, app permissions and more in Android Marshmallow.

Android M battery life, charging and moreAndroid Marshmallow battery life

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Google has done a load of work surrounding battery life and power in Android Marshmallow, which will be music to many user’s ears.

First up Google has cooked up Doze – where your device will use motion detection to realize when it hasn’t moved for an extended period of time and switches to a deeper sleep which consumes much less power.

Your device won’t be completely useless in this mode, as Doze still allows alarms and key notifications to come through.

The search giant says it grabbed two Nexus 9 tablets, one running Lollipop and the other Android Marshmallow, loaded the same apps and settings on both and then tested the standby power drain on the two.

Apparently, the Nexus 9 running Android Marshmallow lasted up to two times longer than its Lollipop counterpart. It sounds impressive and we’re hoping it translates to noticeably better battery life on our devices.

Android Marshmallow charging

As well as making our batteries last longer, Android Marshmallow also brings faster charging to the fore with USB-C support.

USB-C is a new type of USB connector which, like Apple’s Lightning connector, can be plugged in either way round. No more fumbling in the dark trying to plug in your charging cable the right way round.

Google claims devices with USB-C connectors will charge three to five times faster than the current microUSB offerings on the market.

Android Marshmallow Now on Tap

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With Android Marshmallow comes an intelligent new assistant feature called Now on Tap. An enhancement to Google Now, Now on Tap lets users access information anywhere on their Android Marshmallow device, no matter what they’re doing.

Users can simple tap and hold the home button to pull up a query without leaving the app they’re in or website. If a friend emails you about seeing a movie, for example, Now on Tap could pull up info like ratings, the trailer or even let you buy tickets. You can also look at other apps on your phone, like Yelp or OpenTable, to book a dinner reservation or read reviews about a restaurant your friends wants to try for dinner.

Now on Tap doesn’t just work with a tap for place info: you can also do voice search for more specific queries, like who sings your new favorite song.

Android Marshmallow interface

Judging by early versions of Android Marshmallow, the new operating system will keep the Material Design look of Android 5.0 Lollipop, but with one key difference.

Scrolling through your installed apps in the Apps Drawer used to be a horizontal affair, however with the first Developer Preview of Android Marshmallow, a new vertical scrolling method was introduced.

To help you get used to the new way of doing things, and to allow you to find apps easily, letters were included in the interface to help you jump to the app you required – all you needed to know was the letter the name of the app began with.

Developer Preview 2 has since been launched, and although the vertical Apps Drawer has remained, the letters have been removed leading to a tidier, but perhaps more confusing, interface.

Android Marshmallow permissions

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It’s made app permissions more intuitive, giving users the option to allow/deny specific permissions within an app – rather than having to accept all permissions at once.

Currently you have to accept permissions when you download an app, but with Android Marshmallow you won’t be asked to grant access to features until you come to use them for the first time in the app.

That means, for example, you can give WhatsApp access to your camera, but not to your microphone if you wish.

You can even revoke access for a particular permission by diving into the settings if you accidentally allowed it.

More new features on Android Marshmallow

Google has simplified volume controls once again with the Android Marshmallow update, with more granular control over the various audio settings on your device from ringtones and alarms to music playback and voice calls.

Word selection has been made easier too, with Android Marshmallow highlighting text more intuitively, and a floating menu offers controls such as cut, copy and paste at your fingertips, rather than in the toolbar at the top of the display.

Fire up the Chrome web browser on Android Marshmallow and you’ll benefit from Chrome Custom Tabs, which let websites customize the toolbar and menu of the Chrome tab to provide dedicated buttons and options.

An example shown on stage at Google IO was Pinterest, which was able to add a “Pin” button to the toolbar on certain pages.

App linking has been vastly improved in Android Marshmallow, with Google’s software now more adept at working out whether a link should be opened in a browser or a compatible app. That means fewer “open with” pop up boxes flashing up on screen and generally just getting in the way.

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A new and improved memory manager was also spotted in Developer Preview 2 of Android Marshmallow. This tool allows you to view what apps are taking up the most RAM and slowing down your device.

You can also see the average amount of RAM used by apps – even if they’re not running – which lets you identify any memory hogs and rid them from your phone.

This should make Android Marshmallow run faster and more reliably than Android 5.0 Lollipop, which can sometimes suffer from memory leaks.

Check back for more Android Marshmallow updates leading up to the September 29 launch event in San Francisco. We’ll have our Nexus devices ready to start downloading it if it releases that day.


38 thoughts on “Android Marshmallow release date, news and features

  1. In your update to this article, you don’t even bothered to update references to

  2. Jeff Parsons, not sure if you’ve never used stock Lollipop, you wrote this article just to troll or you’re plainly stupid. Guest mode was revealed even before the name Lollipop for 5.0 was officially announced. More than half of these have been nicely implemented already Jeff, you better quit your job and plant some sweet potatoes.

  3. Android M : Android Milo . Only need one thing that matters. Harmonizing between OS and Hardware. Hence come the Optimize.

  4. Android M permissions: Interestingly Cyanogenmod brought this to their builds of Kitkat. It’s great being able to block permissions apps really don’t need to work properly (you’ll be shocked). Their implementation is somewhat technical though.

  5. I just want it to fix the main camera on my nexus 5 because lollipop rendered it useless

  6. Horrible article and horrible features. Google has lost the track if they ever had one with android. The main problem with android is its fragmentation and slow operating system. None addressed. After lollipop we can add app crashes, memory problems and hangs. bye bye android you will not be missed 😛

  7. By the number of user yes Android win. But for business/ user which need to work. it is better to choose Windows. Most android apps is for entertainment. Most windows apps is for work

  8. Android is fine but there’s always room for improvement. Windows 10 mobile won’t catch Android. The only good thing about Windows 10 is continuum and universal apps that’s it. Android beats Windows 10 in everything else and it isn’t locked down. Plus you can uninstall default apps, you can’t do that with Windows oh and there’s Customisation, can’t do that with Windows. The only way Windows can compete with Android is if Google services and apps because available for Windows 10 mobile, it’s already too late for Windows Android has long since won the OS war.

  9. Google need to work harder to make better Android. Microsoft already release windows 10 and improving. for user want to use the tablet for work Android still need to improve a lot compared to Windows and iPad

  10. One feature Google can can improve is a proper Do Not Disturb mode. As quite frankly the current one is awful as I still get calls from people who I didn’t put as favourite, iOS does this feature much better. I’m on 5.0.2 and have a Moto G 4G 2nd Gen. I hope this feature is improved in 5.1.

  11. There is no ambiguity in the phrase- two times longer. As in, x2. As in, 003ci>twice 003c/i> as long. Nobody, in the entire history of Mathematics or English has ever used the phrase

  12. Completely unrelated but does anyone know what music player was being used in the screenshot under

  13. I think the the stock Google Keyboard is terrible SwiftKey is the best keyboard on Android. I’m getting the Nexus 6 next month and I was wondering when you restored your account in the backup/restore settings will everything including contacts etc be restored to how you left it like in iOS? I currently have a Moto G 4G LTE 2nd Gen. I’ll admit I was wrong about Android, it really is a great OS and much better than iOS. I think it is Android that is the most advanced and complete OS. I sold my iPhone a month ago and I’d finally had enough of iOS and the terrible battery life. I haven’t looked back. I can’t see myself going back to iOS. With Android you have real choice and I like the Material Design.

  14. I have multiple account support on my Nexus 10, have done since kitkat launched. It’s interesting that the iOS9 wish list article reads like a list of current Lollipop features yet this list doesn’t seem to take anything from iOS apart from maybe the sync notifications which when like me you use the Google apps you already have anyway, but, incorporating more apps would be a bonus. As for keyboard, the stock Android keyboard is probably the 2nd best out there on smaller devices after SwifKey. On my N10 I use the stock keyboard as this gives me a full PC keyboard layout and if we were to compare the iOS and Lollipop keyboards the Google version takes the 1st place and runs about 26 miles away from the Apple version.

  15. Worth noting: multiscreen is in there (if not quite ready for the preview build) and native stylus is a confirmed new feature. It’s just that TechRadar don’t massively bother to pry below the surface if it hasn’t come from Cupertino.

  16. Not the most exciting set of updates. Multiscreen and native stylus would’ve been nice. Maybe the devil will be in the detail and they’ve fixed silent mode etc. Still, a lot of that does sound pretty nice. App permissions is a long overdue addition, as, arguably, is the native support for fingerprint and USB-C. Now on Tap looks good (swipe up for Google Now is now a jarring interaction, since you can’t go back).

  17. Yes, but you can’t install custom roms on iOS. If you could, and you bricked your i-device, backup/restore would not be able to save you. Still, even though I would have no use for it in general, I do agree a better backup/restore system is in order for Android.

  18. Well stock recovery on Android won’t let you perform a backup/restore. However with a custom recovery such as TWRP, you can pretty much image your entire phone,settings,apps,messages,etc and restore it later. Implementing this as a stock feature would be nice though.

  19. The backup/restore function of iOS allows you to completely restore your iPhone if you screw something up on yours. Say you install a rom on your Android phone, something goes wrong, and it’s bricked. With backup/restore iOS style, it would restore your phone to the last backup you created, or it would restore it to it’s original state.

  20. No the new backup and restore in M goes much further than previous versions of Android as it restores user data as well as the apps.

  21. Thank you for pointing out that Android restore now works. It never used to work as mentioned above. This must be a very recent addition. There is option d which is that I’ve not had to use this feature for almost a year. I’m too old to be in android lover / apple hater or whatever camp. I use an android phone, an ipad and a windows desktop amongst other stuff. It what suits my purpose and budget.

  22. You are wrong about back up and restore. I had an lg g3 and replaced it with an lg g4. It automatically installed all the apps i had, kept all the data in those said apps and also kept my custom ring tone and messge tone that i had. I hadnt even kept the files of the custom songs but it had them ready and chosen on my g4. I didnt have to do a single thing everything i had was exactly the same as on my g3, all i did was power the device on so either a. You cant use android phones well or b. Just an apple lover or c. Both of the above.

  23. The backup/restore feature is present but nowhere near as good as with ios sadly. ios also restores settings within apps, and EVRYTHING else. You can change your handset without having to do ANY configuration. This is slick. Android restore is nowehere near as good (yet) …..

  24. The backup/restore feature is there. Only today did I just flash the M Dev Preview onto my Nexus 5. As soon as it booted up it asked me if I wanted to download all of my old apps. It did so, and placed them all in the exact same position as before.

  25. I agree with you… But if you look at some manufacturers they already do this. Moto and Sony are now prime examples. I have switched to Sony phones for this issue as its virtually stock OS, the only add ons are extra Media capabilities like built in Media Server etc which if I’m honest Sony is really good at already, plus Google does not have built in.

  26. There are a couple of features in iOS that are way better than in Android. – backup / restore. Google should at least try and equal, if not better, iOS. The current backup and restore functionality is rubbish. – version upgrades. Allow users to either install native android on any device or take away the power of manufacturers customising it. This customisation has led to a badly fragmented android user base. Users are dependant on the handset manufacturers for upgrades – if they can be bothered (which is not often for handsets over 6 months old).

  27. Buy Nexus / Moto phones then.They cant force other companies to update their software. Also, Google is moving more and more of the Android modules on Play Store which means that they are updated.

  28. I’ve waited the ability to security patch Android directly from Google. No need to wait throught manufacturers, which usually dont bother patching vulnerabilities. But Google ignores the fact, that practically nobody patches security vulnerabilities of their software after it’s released. As if you were on Microsoft Windows and you dont do any security updates, just wait for next Windows version…

  29. You mean the memory leak problem mentioned in the very last paragraph of this article…

  30. All these features sound horrible and unnecessary. I’d rather have some real, intuitive changes. Or critical bugfixes like the memory leak

  31. This is a terrible list for many reasons. Lollipop has a guest mode – what are you proposing that is different? Lollipop supports 64bit machines, so what difference will M make to that and more to the point, what difference will any of it make to 3rd party tablet apps? Why bother including keyboard enhancements when a) it’s pretty great already, b) there Are alternatives and the stock keyboard will never capture all of what they do and c) it’s an app itself, it’s enhancement isn’t tied to the underlying OS at all. Lollipop has power management – do you understand it well enough to be proposing enhancements to it? I’m beginning to suspect not. Google (re)launch Android TV and, without real qualification, you say

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