What is Android Marshmallow? - The version 6.0 of Android

Android Marshmallow is the version 6.0 of the android. The official android release which got released by google after the version 5.0 which was lollipop.

1. What is Android Marshmallow?

The version 6.0 of android was unveiled under the code name of AndroidM in the Google I/O 2015 which held on 28th of May 2015. The developer preview MPA44G of Android Marshmallow was released on 17th of August 2015 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices.

The initial release of the android Marshmallow was recognized by google as API 23 version of android. After the initial release version of Marshmallow there was another single update released to the operating system under the code name Marshmallow.

Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
API 23
5th October 2015
6.0.17th December 2015

2. Features of Android Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow was rich in features and nice user interface. Primarily with the new API releases and battery management by optimizing the performance of the device was the key feature where all waited and the GPU enhancements by supporting virtual reality was another key factor which was address by the Android version.

2.1 Features of Android Marshmallow version 6.0

The version 6.0 of android marshmallow was the initial release version of the android marshmallow. The release was based on API 23 of android and released on 5th of October 2015 for the consumers.
  • Capability to search contextual keywords within apps.
  • Capability to access the newly introduced doze mode which optimize the battery life and reduce CPU usage for processing.
  • Capability to experience app standby feature.
  • Capability to experience the new alphabetically ordered app menu drawer.
  • Capability to search apps by the search bar and favorites.
  • Capability to support fingerprint reader with native stock.
  • Capability to access the direct share feature for target specific sharing between apps installed on the device.
  • Capability to access the renamed priority mode to Do Not Disturb which makes more sense to the users.
  • Capability to link apps for faster instinctive opening of links with corresponding apps.
  • Capability to view multiple pages in larger app folders.
  • Capability to manage permission requests which are post install and run time.
  • Capability to support USB-C.
  • Capability to screen capture on demo mode.
  • Capability to automatic backup and restore for apps.
  • Capability to support 4k display mode for apps.
  • Capability to access external storage which can behave same as internal storage.
  • Capability to support MIDI for musical instruments.
  • Capability to experience the experimental multi window feature on a single screen.
  • Capability to support actions by third party apps in the text selection menu.
  • Capability to grant app permission when the run time, all or nothing access feature by the installation time for the app.

2.2 Features of Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1

The version 6.0.1 of the android marshmallow was released on 7th of December 2015 after the initial release of android marshmallow. The release was published on based on the same API 23 version of android.
  • Capability to support unicode 7.0.
  • Capability to support emoji by unicode 8.0.
  • Capability to set descriptions for USB connections.
  • Capability to access the camera app by double tapping on the power button of the device.