Android 6.0 Marshmallow is no longer a new thing in the eyes of the Android users, especially now that rumors of a new Android N have started gathering pace.
In fact, there are quite a number of devices that are already running on the new Android 6.0 M OS, while some are expecting to get the update in the next few weeks or months. This OS has quite a number of flavors it brings to the Android world, but very few people take the time to deeply explore their devices to find out what’s hidden down there.
In this regard, here are 5 cool tricks for Android 6.0 Marshmallow users to try out on their devices, be it a tablet or a smartphone.
Quick Settings and status bar
What the Quick Settings panel does is help you get to the phone’s settings in quick time, rather than go through the long process via the main menu. However, Google has been unable to bring the simplicity that it’s known for to this panel and make it more useful from a personal perspective, but it has finally managed to integrate it into Android 6.0.
There is more control in this OS, but there is a catch. You must unlock it by swiping down twice from the upper screen or alternatively swipe down once using two fingers. Once the Quick Settings panel is open, press and hold the small gear icon at the top right of the screen and it will start to spin. Take off your finger and the OS will alert you that the System UI Tuner is up and running.
With the System UI Tuner on, go right to the main settings and find the System UI Tuner option at the bottom of the list. You can use the Quick Settings section to add, remove or even reorder the tiles as seen in your Quick Settings panel.
As far as the Status bar is concerned, it holds the icons that will show up in the upper screen’s status bar; for instance, the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular data symbols. From here, you can toggle any of them on and off as you wish, depending on how you find them useful from this end.
Disable heads-up notifications
Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced a heads-up notification that usually showed up on top of the screen even when you were in the middle of something else, offering no way of expanding the information. Google made some amends with the release of Android 5.1, enabling users to get rid of the notification simply by swiping it away without completely dismissing it. However, this was not enough.
Thanks heavens Android 6.0 Marshmallow has something better – a feature that allows users to turn off these heads-up notifications for each app. In this way, you can decide the apps you want to send you heads-up notifications and the ones you don’t.
To do this, go to your device’s “Sounds & notification” settings and select the App notifications option. Choose the app you want to adjust and select it then go ahead and uncheck the “Allow peeking” option on the page that shows up.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow has a hidden game
Google is fond of tucking tasty bits of craziness into its applications so that users can explore and find them, otherwise known as Easter eggs. One such thing is available on the latest version of the Android OS. It comes with a game that challenges players to move small Android bots through a frightening marshmallow jungle.
The game can be found via the About section of the phone’s settings and then tap on the section displaying the Android version several times to reveal a giant M on the screen. When this M appears, tap on it several times as well and then leave your finger long pressed on it. Once you let it go, the game will appear. This is might require several tries before getting it right, but it will work if you do.
Create rules for keeping your smartphone silent
Android 6.0 M is simply amazing, giving the users more control over almost everything in the system. In addition to the Do Not Disturb mode that has eased the process of keeping your phone from buzzing or beeping even when busy, there is more under this feature.
Going back to the Sounds and Notification settings, tap on the Do Not Disturb option and select “Automatic rules”. From here, you can set the exact scenario you want to keep the phone silent. Android M offers the chance to create your own rules that will see your device remain totally silent or mostly silent depending on the time of the day or calendar events.
Marshmallow has a hidden file manager
Most Android users have to download a file manager app in order to access and manipulate the files stored on their devices’ memory from the device itself. However, Android 6.0 Marshmallow changes this, but the new in-built file manager is not an easy thing to find.
Nonetheless, you can still try it out and browse through your phone’s content while at the same time able to share, copy, as well as delete files as you wish. Go to your phone’s settings and tap on “Storage and USB”. While in there, scroll down and tap on “Explore” and that’s it!