Whether your mobile device already uses Android 6.0 or you’re still waiting for Google to roll out a version for your manufacturer, learning about the operating system’s best new features will help you get more out of your smartphone. Start by exploring these five Android 6.0 features that you don’t want to miss.
Conveniently Access More Information
Earlier versions of the Android operating system offer Google Now, which gives you relevant information about topics that interest you. Google Now is a useful feature, but it has a lot of limitations. The biggest drawback is that you need to exit out of apps to use it.
Google Now on Tap takes a big leap forward by letting you view relevant information without leaving apps. If, for instance, you’re reading a restaurant review that doesn’t include the eatery’s location, you can hold down the home key to get links that will show you where the restaurant is located, what’s on the menu, and other things you might want to know.
Google Now on Tap will work inside pretty much any app. You can even use it while watching movies to learn more about characters, actors, and trailers.
Manage Your Files More Efficiently
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Before Android 6.0, the operating system didn’t include a native file manager. If you wanted to manage your files, you had to download a third-party app. Finally, you can take control of what’s on your phone without relying on anything other than what comes with the operating system.
While Marshmallow includes a file manager, it’s a little difficult to find. You can get there by going to System Settings, tapping Storage & USB, and scrolling down the page until you see Explore. Tap on Explore for the ability to delete, copy, and share files on your phone just like you would on desktop computer.
Android’s file manager is a bit rudimentary, however. If you want something more powerful, use apps like ES File Explorer Pro and Tetra Filer.
Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Life
Ideally, you already own a smartphone that has a long battery life. A phone like the Samsung Galaxy 7 gives you up to 28 hours of talk time, which is more than most people will ever need between charges. If your phone won’t operate that long, you can now extend its battery life by 30 percent.
When you notice your phone running low, open Settings and tap Battery. You’ll see an option called battery saver mode that will put your phone into a deep sleep when you aren’t using it. The setting saves power by reducing the amount of activity apps perform in the background, turning off automatic GPS, and eliminating other unnecessary functions until you can plug in and recharge.
Access Your Phone More Easily in Trusted Places
Pre–Android 6.0 operating systems force you to decide whether you want to use a lockscreen. For security’s sake, you should always use a lockscreen that you can unlock only by inputting the right passcode.
Now you have the option to remove the lockscreen when you’re in trusted places like your home. Instead of tapping in the passcode, you just pick up your device and do what you want. You can activate this convenient option by going to Settings, tapping Security, choosing Smart Lock, and tapping Trusted Places. From there, you can tell the smartphone what locations you consider safe.
Play the Hidden Marshmallow Game
Google likes to insert hidden games in a lot of its products. For the latest version of Android, you get to play a game that’s almost as addictive as Flappy Bird. To find the game, open System Settings and go to the About section. Tap the screen until a large M appears. Now tap the M a couple times, then hold your finger on it. The game will launch when you take your finger off the screen.
Google improves each new version of its Android operating system to keep up with competitors and give you a better experience. These recent changes should make your device easier and more secure to use. They’re just the tip of a huge iceberg, though, so keep learning more about the Marshmallow OS to get more out of your smartphone.