This October, we’re celebrating Android Marshmallow’s first anniversary. Last week we talked about some really cool Marshmallow features which its predecessor, Lollipop, sorely lacked. Google Now on Tap gives you all the relevant information on one screen, saving you a lot of time and clicking. ‘Doze’ is another killer feature which puts your phone to sleep when it’s not in use. You can also customize battery usage for each app on your phone in Marshmallow! And the volume control is just so much simpler. Today we’re going to talk about security, memory management and changes in appearance between the two operating systems.
Lollipop vs Marshmallow, here we go:
1. Your device is more secure than ever:
Let’s face it; 2015 was a troubled year in the Android world. There were so many security glitches with Lollipop but thankfully Marshmallow took all those away. Android is finally catching up with Apple when it comes to app permissions. Although the feature is not available for all apps, you will be asked permission the first time an app attempts to access your phone. Permission for a particular app can be viewed in the settings menu. Previously, Android’s app backup solution was pretty weak. The Backup and reset feature in Lollipop was optional and not very useful. Marshmallow automatically backs up both your app and data so when you restore an app from backup, it will be exactly as it was before. After the ghastly Stagefright episode, Google and other manufacturers pledged to provide monthly security updates to help spot any weaknesses in Android software. With this in mind, Marshmallow shows your device’s security patch level under the About phone section. In this round of Lollipop vs Marshmallow, the latter wins.
2. Visual changes are all the rage:
Visually, Marshmallow is very familiar to Lollipop but there are some differences in appearance. For example, Android had always let us create shortcuts but all the icons for shortcuts in Lollipop looked the same. Now, the standard cog widget shape contains an icon which depicts the shortcut you can use it for. The Lock screen is almost identical to Lollipop’s except for a tiny change. The bottom of the Lollipop screen showed shortcuts for Camera and Dialer but in Marshmallow, the dialer is replaced with a shortcut for Google’s voice search. The app drawer in Marshmallow went through some noticeable changes as well. It now appears as a nifty vertical scrolling list as opposed to the horizontal list in Lollipop.
3. The new memory manager is love:
Android has a new memory manager and we’re all going to fall in love with it! It gives you more information than before on how your phone is using its RAM. If you go to settings and open Memory, you’ll see an overview of your phone’s memory usage for the past three hours. It shows total memory, the average percent memory used and the amount of free space left. If you want to know the data for more than a three hour period, you can change that number and choose a period of time of your choice (up to 24 hours). You can also see how much memory each app on your phone is taking.
These are some of the differences between Lollipop and Marshmallow. Overall, you cannot say Marshmallow brought any revolution to the Android world but rather it refined the previous operating system. It took care of some annoying glitches and improved some features like Now on Tap. If you’re still undecided about updating your phone then we say go for it! Marshmallow will change your life for the better.