5 Differences Between Android Marshmallow & Android Lollipop

Differences Between Android Marshmallow 6.0 and Android Lollipop 5.1Android 5.1 Lollipop was released in May 2015 which fixed many problems and bugs of all the previous versions of android. Now recently Google has announced it’s newest operating system version i.e “Android Marshmallow 6.0” which will be available for the android users in the month of November 2015.

Apart from the improvements in Android Lollipop that Google introduced in it, Android Marshmallow will feature several improvements over Android Lollipop 5.1. There are a lot of new things that Google has added in Android Marshmallow 6.0. It will give a user more control over the phone and it will also improve the performance by providing them a new user interface.

Some Google nexus new devices like nexus 5X and nexus 6P is already running android Marshmallow 6.0. You can see all the new features of Android Marshmallow 6.0 here. Following are key differences between Android Marshmallow & Android Lollipop in terms of features.

1-  Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop : App Drawer

Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop - App DrawerThe first key difference between Android Marshmallow & Android Lollipop is the app drawer. Android Marshmallow has made it easy for the users to find their required app easily. There is a bar at the top which contain user’s 4 frequently used apps. Now user will not have to find his frequently used apps again and again because it will be there in the front all the time. This option is not available in Android Lollipop.

There is also a search bar at the top right corner. All Apps are listed vertically in an alphabetical order and there is a letter before each section. This also adds the new search bar, voice interface, search bar and alphabet scrubber in the app drawer, and vertical app drawer orientation, as well as the uninstall shortcut.

2- Android Marshmallow & Android Lollipop : Volume Controls

Android Marshmallow & Android Lollipop - Volume ControlsAndroid Marshmallow has came up with the new simplified volume controls. In Android Lollipop, users have to tap volume up and volume down to change the volume but in Android Marshmallow there is a drop down options which appears and let users to change the volume for notification, system volume and alarm. These volume controls will allow users to individually set the volume for apps, music, and alarms.

If one device’s volume is increased, the paired devices’ volume will also automatically increase and vice versa.

3- Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop : Security

Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop - SecurityAndroid 6.0 now offers user-facing controls over some app permissions. It means it will ask to grant individual app permissions the first time an app attempts to access them. This means you are in control of whether or not an app has access to something as critical as your microphone or camera.

Android 6.0 has also come up with the advanced security option i.e “Biometric Fingerprint support”. User can unlock the device with fingerprints and also can make purchases from Google Play store. If a user wants then device can only be unlocked by fingerprints. Whereas this option is not available in Android Lollipop.

4- Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop : Status Bar

Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop - Status BarIn Android 6.0 , the notifications shade allows you to see the time and date, various status bar icons and the icon for switching users also.

In Android Lollipop there are some icons that remain active in the notification bar all the time and which irritate the users. Whereas Android Marshmallow has come with the solution, now users can remove any unnecessary icons from status bar through system tuner.

5- Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop : RAM Manager

5- Android Marshmallow vs Android Lollipop - RAM ManagerAlthough in Android Lollipop users can see the total amount RAM and as well as the RAM each app uses in detail. But Android Marshmallow has brought a change in RAM manager now users can see which app is slowing the device and which app is using minimum, average and maximum amount of RAM.


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