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November 24, 2015

Android Marshmallow, the latest version of Android was first released at Google I/O (an annual developer-focused conference) on May 28. Initially, it was released as the Android M developer sample. Many updates came out after the preview before it was officially named Marshmallow on August 17, 2015.

On September 29, 2015, Google finally revealed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, together with the 2015 Nexus devices. The visual appearance of Android Marshmallow is identical to Lollipop, in many ways. Google’s Material Design words are now more common than ever before. The key areas of the UI such as notifications shade, settings and navigation continues to be the same. But, Marshmallow has some variation in appearance and features.

Android Marshmallow lock screen is similar to Lollipop. It has expandable notifications along with app shortcuts. Lollipop had shortcuts at the base corners that leads you to the dialer and camera, Marshmallow has Google’s voice search to replace the dialer shortcut.

The home screen itself is similar to Lollipop. The voice command feature appears on the home screen is same as in Lollipop, with the post-Alphabet colorful Google logo.

In Android Marshmallow, the app drawer has changed a lot. A couple of changes have been made during the process of developer preview. In the final version, it appears as a straight scrolling list as in contrast with paginated horizontal list in Lollipop. Users can scroll through the list as well as use a new scrubber bar on the right to a specific alphabet.

Similar to Lollipop, Marshmallow has two parts for Notifications or Quick Settings area. With a single swipe from the top to down on the home screen will drag down the notifications shade, where you can see your expandable notifications.

Animations and transitions play a major part in Marshmallow as compared to Lollipop. Switching between apps, settings and pages are mostly accompanied by animations, because of its toggling features within the different settings and menus.

In the final version of Marshmallow, both the support for a rotating home screen and system-wide dark theme were eliminated for no reasons. You can accept these features to return back in future updates to Marshmallow.

“Now on Tap” is a latest feature that shows additional information on the top of whatever you’re doing or what is on your screen. In Marshmallow, Google Now is more accessible and effective than ever before.

It is an “easy button” for your phone. To see its functionality, press and hold the home button on your handset. According to Google, it should work on a variety of mobile phones with both physical home buttons and onscreen. Users can view a small animation and then a short card will appear, providing you information as well as app shortcuts.

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