I have been waiting for this day to come since Android 6.0 was announced. Some of my friends’ phones got the update a bit earlier (or installed in manually) and I was getting really worried that it still wasn’t available for my Xperia Z5 Compact.
I manually checked for the update a couple of times a week. but there was always nothing.
Yesterday (18 March 2016), I took my phone to answer the message and saw a notification saying that Android 6.0 Marhsmallow is ready for downloading and installing on my device.
In this article I will share with you some of my impressions about my first day with Android “M”. Let’s start!
Get Ready For A Big Download
When your phone finally lets you know that Android 6.0 is available for it to download, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi or have unlimited data plan.
This is a big download of 1200 MB. Make sure you don’t interrupt the process because if you do, the download will have to start from the beginning.
Once the download is complete, you just have to confirm that you now want to install the update.
It will take about 40-50 minutes to complete the installation.
What Changed in Android Marshmallow?
Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduces a number of changes and improvements. They aren’t as big and ground-breaking as they were in the case of the transition from Android 4.o to Android 5.0, but they are certainly noteworthy. Here is what they are:
- Better control over app permissions. You don’t have to accept all of the app permissions upon installing the app. Once you install and run the app for the first time, it will ask you for specific permissions only when it needs. For example, when you open Messenger for the first time and want to send a photo to your friend, it will ask for permission to gallery.
- Doze. This mode is supposed to significantly improve and extend battery life of your device. Thanks to this feature, the device recognizes if it’s being used and adjusts battery settings accordingly.
- Backups. Android Marshmallow allows you to do and keep backups of data (e.g. login credentials for apps or saves from games) on the Google Drive.
The detailed list of all the major changes and improvements in Android Marshmallow is here. Of course, they may differ depending on the device manufacturer who has to individually prepare Android for their devices.
What Changed in my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact?
I can read a thousand of different articles listing the changes and improvements of Android 6.0 but what interests a regular user the most is how these changes really look like in practice. I have only been using Android Marshmallow for a day and here are the changes I have noticed so far:
- Slight changes in the way Android looks. These aren’t any major changes. It’s still Material Design and a person who isn’t very perceptive may not even see the difference. For example, the size of fonts in settings is changed or the battery icon is a bit different (its borders are slimmer).
- Fingerprint authentication takes place a bit differently. If my phone fails to recognize my fingerprint, it usually says why (e.g. it says that I moved my finger too quickly).
- STAMINA and ULTRA STAMINA modes disappeared. I loved my Sony for its great battery life which was possible thanks to the STAMINA mode that was always on in my phone. I guess these modes disappeared because Android Marshmallow comes with the Dose feature to save and improve battery life. Even though I have been using Marshmallow only for one day, I see improvements in battery life.
- Better control over app permissions. This is probably the biggest change in Marshmallow and I saw it when I opened Messenger after the update. For example, if you want to send a photo via your SMS app for the first time, the app will ask you for permission to access Media (it will remember your choice) and this happens for almost any permission you need to grant. It’s hard to say whether it’s good or bad but it certainly gives you more awareness of what apps are doing and how they use your data.
- Slight changes in the way certain features and functions work. One of such example is when you want to change the wallpaper. In Android 5.0 you could change the lock screen and home screen wallpapers at once. In Android 6.0 you have to change each of the two separately.
- Overall better performance of the phone. Even though Sony Xperia Z5 is a new phone with good technical specifications I wasn’t as happy as I could be with its performance. Sometimes it was simply too slow (e.g. it took a few seconds before it launched the camera app(. Now it really happens instantaneously and I am not going to complain about my phone’s speed any more.
Do you like Android 6.0?
Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. Have you already updated your phone to Android Marshmallow? Do you like it? What features do you like the most?
Feel free to post me your comments. I would love to hear from you.