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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features, Download & Review: Get the New OS Now!

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Google's Nexus devices are getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as early as today. According to Ars Technica, the Nexus 5 and 6, the 2013 Nexus 7, the Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player are all going to be equipped with Google's latest operating system soon.

A bunch of smartphones are expected to follow suit, including the HTC One M8 and M9 and its recent midrange phones: the One M9+, E9, E9+, ME, E8, and M8 EYE; the Desire 816, 820, and 826; and the Butterfly 3, Ars Technica listed. Samsung handsets said to be given the Android M update are the Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Duos, S6 Edge, Note 4, Note 4 Duos, Note Edge, the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5, and all the Galaxy A- and E-series phones.

The LG G3 and G4 are in the list too, as well as Sony's Xperia Z5 and Z4-series devices. In addition, newest Moto and Droid phones are expected to get the update, such as this year's Moto X Pure, Style, and Play phones; the 2015 Moto G; the Pure Edition of the 2014 Moto X and the versions sold in Latin America, Europe, and Asia; the 3G and LTE versions of the 2014 Moto G; the Droid Turbo; the 2014 Moto MAXX; and the 2014 Moto Turbo, Ars Technica further listed.

Google's Android Marshmallow boasts of new features users should look forward to. Listed below are some of the OS' most notable capabilities.

Battery Manager

Android Marshmallow's battery manager feature will activate the Doze app and automatically cut off some of the device's processes when the smartphone is in idle mode, effectively minimizing energy consumption, Gizmodo wrote. The handset will snap out of its Doze state once a priority notification or alarm goes off.

App Permissions

In the Android M, users have the ability to deny permission to apps trying to obtain personal information. However, it should be noted that if you do not grant permission, some of the certain parts of the app might not work normally, Wired reported.

Users can also allow access during the app's installation process and then disable it later, the news outlet further wrote.

Google Now on Tap

Described as the "key to Google's mobile future," Now on Tap is capable of predicting a user's needs and follows them wherever they are in the smartphone, Wired reported.

This feature is capable of scanning a user's device for any references to maps, events, names, flights, and albums, minimizing typing information on their mobile devices all the time. Instead, Tap Now will deliver information to the user's own screen, Android Origin took note.

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