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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Review

Episode #1The Fringe #349

Ian R Buck and Ryan Rampersad share their experiences with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.


  • Keeps the UI of 5.0, and adds a bunch of new features. This is great, because material design is beautiful.
  • Now on Tap
    • Removal of swipe up to Now/listening
    • Doesn’t seem useful most of the time; it’s a neat shortcut, but more of a peripheral feature
    • I wish they had left the swipe up gesture, so you could choose at any time if you wanted to do Now on Tap or go straight to your Now Cards
  • App permissions
    • Many Google apps are asking for permission first, which is great
    • It will take a long time to get many major apps (Facebook, Instagram, et al) to participate
    • I have been experimenting with revoking permissions to various apps, including apps that have not been updated to fit the new permissions system. I am not sure if I have broken anything yet.
  • Do not Disturb
    • Total silence
    • Much better placement in the quick settings area
  • Volume control
    • Still no visual toggle for volume in quick settings
  • System UI Tuner
    • Tune your quick settings
    • Remove some of the clutter in the status bar
    • “Demo mode” is hilarious. 6:00!
    • Great start, needs more
  • SD card: adaptable
    • Sure, if any Nexus phone had SD support
    • This feature will be a godsend to people with 16GB devices with expandable storage
  • Text selection
    • Better, needs finer controls anyway, possibly included in a coincidental tablet update
    • Everyone says Google “fixed” it because they use words now instead of icons.
    • I do not like that “Select All” has been hidden in the overflow menu. When I select text, most times I want to select all, then copy it.
  • Battery
    • Doze
      • I will have more to say about this once the SHIELD tablet updates to 6.0; that device spends most of the day sitting on my bedside table.
    • App Standby
      • But wakelocks are still rampant in first party and third party apps
  • Lock screen: voice search replaced the phone
    • Best change ever, sort of
    • If you use that, there are some voice commands that will tell you “Actually, I can’t do that while the device is locked. To keep going, unlock your device.” even if SmartLock has the device unlocked.
  • Memory section in settings
    • Great
      • Now show what part of Android Account Manager and Google Play services is screwing me over
    • Shows average memory usage over the last 3, 6, 12, or 24 hours.
  • Bolder clock on lock screen


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