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Marshmallow vs Lollipop

Marshmallow vs Lollipop

Android Marshmallow is here. The successor to Android Lollipop has begun rolling out to Nexus devices, with more to follow in the coming months. In this Marshmallow vs Lollipop comparison, we show you what the new version does better than its predecessor.

App permissions

With Android Marshmallow, there is finally an integrated way to manage app permissions. In Lollipop you had to allow all app permissions before you downloaded the app from the Play Store. In Android Marshmallow, this is no longer the case. Instead, you can allow or deny app permissions individually, as and when you want a specific function to work.

Battery life

With Lollipop's Project Volta, Google laid the foundations for longer battery life. Android Marshmallow goes one step further, with a battery saving function known as Doze. Doze uses the device's motion sensors to detect if a smartphone is being used or not, and sends the handset will be sent into a deeper standby state. 

Google Now on Tap

Google Now has undergone a minor revolution on Android Marshmallow. Now, by simply long-pressing the Home button, Google Now scans whatever is on the screen, be it from a webpage, third-party app, anything, and offers contextual information on what it determines the key words to be.

Fingerprint sensors

With Android Marshmallow, Google has finally created a uniform standard for fingerprint sensors. That's good, because before Android Marshmallow, each manufacturer had its own software solution implemented into the system: uniform access to fingerprint sensors was therefore not possible. This is a big step forward.

Android Pay

Android Pay functions even with Android 4.4 KitKat, and when you combine it with Android Marshmallow's fingerprint scanning features, it looks as though this new mobile payment process is going to be more than capable of taking on Apple Pay.

USB Type-C

This feature is more related to hardware than software, but in Android Marshmallow, Google has paved the way for the new USB standard: USB Type-C. With USB Type-C, you can use the USB connector in either direction inside the unit (it flips both ways), and use your smartphone to charge other, compatible devices. 


The improvements that have been made with Android Marshmallow are sorely needed, because Lollipop still feels like a prematurely released product and still poses problems for many users.

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