Google has officially announced its next-generation Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Samsung has also revealed which smartphones and tablets will get the update and the new features users can expect.
Apple unveiled iOS 9 at WWDC 2015 in June and gave the world its first look at its latest and greatest mobile OS. The company focused on providing major enhancements to performance and battery life, which it claims will extend battery life on iPhones by one hour. In addition, the new "Low Power Mode" feature will add up to three additional hours. iOS 9 is currently in beta testing and will be released in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Apple isn't the only smartphone company releasing a major update to its mobile OS. Google laid its cards out on the table when it gave Android fans and developers a preview of Android M at Google I/O in May. The company just confirmed that Android M will officially be released as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is expected to make its way to smartphones and tablets in the fall.
Samsung has become one of the first Android licensees to confirm which smartphones and tablets will receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company has created an infographic with a rundown of the features Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners can expect when Marshmallow is released for their devices.
Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow will make it easier to allow users to choose which functions the apps are allowed to access as part of Marshmallow's "App Permissions" feature. Users will also be able to track which apps are using the most memory and when, in Marshmallow's new "Memory tab."
"Quick Fingerprint Access" will not only allow users to unlock their Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet. It will also allow users to log in to platforms, like the Google Play Store, and authorize purchases. A new power saving mode can recognize when your smartphone or tablet hasn't been used for a long time and can automatically activate "Doze Mode," which reduces background processes and extends battery life.
Samsung will release an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the just released Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Duos, Note 4, Note 4 Duos, Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, and Galaxy Tab A.
We'll keep you posted on any new details regarding Samsung's upcoming Android