Just recently, Google has launched the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it’s just as sweet as we expected. Very much similar to the Lollipop update, on the user interface at least, the Marshmallow however is packed with a bunch of cool new features and some of you would not even know. Which is the main reason why this post exist, to help you uncover the hidden sweets in the Marshmallow update.
Google Now on Tap
Already a popular feature among users due to its nature of providing relevant information, Google Now is now known as Google Now on Tap and it is taking it up a notch by giving you instant accessibility to information whenever you need it. I’m pretty sure we’ve all been in a situation where you just don’t have any idea for lunch and all of you even in the car starts brain-storming. And in previous updates, you’ll have to switch apps to Google Now by typing in the name, or copying and pasting it. You don’t have to do that anymore with Google Now on Tap, where all you have to do is simply long press on the home button and you are instantly provided relevant information regarding that restaurant you chose. Google will automatically provide you with links to the location, browsing menus and call to buttons for a call to make reservations.
Another new feature that comes with the Marshmallow update is Doze, where it is designed to help you increase your battery life by putting your device to sleep when it is on standby for some time. You can still get notifications from apps (if the developer of the allows it), though. For instance, Gmail and Hangouts will still notify you of incoming emails. To enable the feature, go into Settings and tap on Battery. Right after, tap on the three dot menu, top right of the menu and select Battery Optimization and choose Not Optimized or Optimize.
Identify Apps That Are Using The Most Memory
Just like computers, your device might run slow for no apparent reason and it’s annoying. However, you can now find out which apps is eating your RAM with a new feature, Memory. Go to Settings and select Memory. In this menu, you’ll see the average memory used by each app during the last three hours, six hours, 12 hours, or the whole day. You can also tap Memory Used By Apps for more detailed information on RAM used by each app.
Using Google Translate While Browsing
If you are always constantly translating languages using Google Translate, you’re in for a treat with this new feature, exclusive only to the Marshmallow update. Lets assume that you have Google Translate installed, then all you have to do is select a text from any post, and simply select Translate from the copy-paste popup menu.
Change App Permissions
There’s one cool thing that Marshmallow offers which is the ability to grant app permissions individually. Definite control over an app’s permission means that you can block certain apps from having access to your device. For instance, if you have Candy Crush on your device and doesn’t really think that it needs to access your contacts, then you can block it. During installation of new apps, you’ll still be prompted with permissions, but there is also a manual way where you can go to Settings, tap on Apps, select the app you wanted, and then tap on Permissions. In there, you’ll be presented with a list of permissions regarding the app.
Find Your Files
While there are many File Explorer Apps in the Play Store, like the popular ES File Explorer, you don’t really need them now in Marshmallow. Simply open up Settings, select Storage & USB and tap on Explore at the bottom and Voila, all your deeply-rooted files which you had a hard time searching for. Re-order them by name, date modified, or size by tapping the three dots located top right.
Easter Egg Game
There’s actually an Easter egg in the Marshmallow update as well. It’s hidden in a place very unlikely but it’s Google were talking about now. Like the Easter egg in Lollipop, the egg is hidden in the settings menu of your device. Go to Settings > About Device > tap a couple of times on Android Version and you will be prompted with a large billowy icon. Tap it once and it turns into a Marshmallow. Give it a loooooooong push right after, and you’ll be taken to a marshmallow-themed Flappy Bird clone.
That’s all of our Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and hidden features for now, but do check out our other posts in the mean time while we are busy discovering other hidden features as well. Also check out our top Android smartphones and start flapping those wings in you phone’s setting!
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