Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: All about polish and power
While this isn't as a huge cosmetic overhaul as last year's big update, Android 6.0 Marshmallow does a great job addressing Lollipop's foibles. More importantly, Google is really flexing its contextual smarts with the addition of features like Now on Tap, and an improved version of permissions gives users a better understanding of what their apps are trying to do. Thanks to a nice dose of visual polish, too, we're left with a must-install update -- here's hoping OEMs deliver it sooner than later.
- Now on Tap is handy, has great potential
- Improved search and voice commands
- New permissions give users more control
- Flex Storage blurs the line between internal, external storage
- It'll be a while before everyone gets it
- Now on Tap sometimes swings and misses
- Permissions can seem intrusive
- Where did that dark mode go?
When Android 5.0 Lollipop started hitting devices last November, people could tell. Google's new Material Design aesthetic made sure you wouldn't mistake it for any prior version of the OS, which was great... especially when you consider how confusing parts of it could be. Now that Android's look has been more or less firmed up, Google set about making its operating system smoother, smarter and more battery-friendly. The end result: Android 6.0 Marshmallow. So, how'd they do? Spoiler alert: pretty damned well.