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If you haven’t already heard, Google unveiled the new software upgrade, Android 6.0 Marshmallow a few months ago. Marshmallow is a free upgrade for all eligible Android smartphones and tablets. It’s the best upgrade for the OS yet, with tons of new and amazing features.

Depending on your carrier and specific phone, some upgrades have already taken place while others should be happening any day now. You can expect an over the air update notification soon, which will deliver Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight to your device. If your phone has the update available, you simply open the update notification shade. Users can also head into their phone’s settings to check for updates manually.

Marshmallow’s really not all that different at a glance, but a lot has changed. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, users can expect improved performance and multi-tasking, better security, fingerprint support, automatic app and data backup, and tons of new features revolving around obtaining better control over how our phones can be used.



Users will notice small visual changes to animations and effects, the lock screen, home screen, notification pulldown bar, volume controls, and tons of new permission controls. For example, there are some quick swipe icons on the lock screen to instantly launch voice controls, unlock the phone, or launch the camera. Before, there was a quick launch to the phone app, but it has been replaced with Google Now voice commands instead. It’s a small change, and some may not like it if they particularly liked swiping immediately into making a call. But you can use the voice control to make a call, ask for directions, search for a particular website, or anything else your heart desires.

The volume and permission controls have been revamped, and battery life is even enhanced with a new feature called Doze that can put your phone to sleep when it’s not actively being used. Users can press and hold the home button to turn on and use Google Now on Tap, which gives contextual information from Google that works anywhere on your phone.  Basically, Google Now on Tap scans what’s on your phone’s screen and brings you relevant information based on its findings, making it a virtual assistant of sorts.

It is suggested to have at least 50% battery life before accepting or initiating the update, and then reboot or just clear the cache after updating for the best results.

As of now, Android 6.0 M is already out for Google’s own Nexus devices. That means it shouldn’t be long before everyone else gets a piece of the action as well. Not all OEMs and carriers have released the upgrade yet, and some haven’t even released any set dates so far, but Marshmallow could be delivered in the near future, so keep a look out for your update notification.

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