When you are the owner of a flagship device, there is understandable frustration when you do not get a software upgrade. Such has been the struggle of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners on the Rogers and Fido networks. While they have been waiting for Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) it does now look like that wait is over, at least according to several members that belong to the Rogers Community Forum. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners are getting their Marshmallow upgrade just as Google released their newest OS – Android 7.0 Nougat.
The lid is barely off the can of Android Nougat features, but we know that Android Marshmallow certainly is a nice upgrade from Lollipop and offers many new features. Google Now on Tap is an excellent upgrade from Google Now, which we are all familiar with – Google is now focusing on the context of what is on the display and a better understanding of where you are and what information you are really after. The new Adopted Storage is a significant improvement if you use a memory card as Android has always treated them as a separate entity, but Marshmallow can treat external storage like the rest of the memory on your phone. Meaning it now blurs the line between built-in storage and external storage. Not forgetting Android Pay which allows you to store credit/debit cards directly on your phone and then pay for mobile purchases quickly and easy. Android Pay uses a virtual account number to make payments and protects your actual account numbers. If you lose your phone, Android Device Manager makes it easy to remotely lock and wipe your device.
Then there is the Doze feature which can detect when you are not using your device and put it into a deep sleep and stop all essential tasks such as Wi-Fi, syncs, and so on. Once you touch the device, it immediately wakes up and performs all of the necessary tasks. Fingerprint scanners have been on smartphones for a while, but Marshmallow adds features to make it more user-friendly and speed to mobile purchases. Rather than just unlocking your device, Marshmallow makes it compatible with some third-party apps. For instance, you can log into Evernote, and you can authorize in-app purchases. If you use Android Pay for a mobile purchase, you can authorize it with your fingerprint.