Cool Features to Try On Android 6.0

Android has now been upon us for what feels like forever and whether you like it or not, you are influenced by it. Whether you own a tablet or a phone, or not, you still have to agree that a majority of your friends or acquaintances seem to be loyal flaunters of the android flag.

It wouldn’t hurt to learn what the fuss is all about or actually get familiar with the latest version of the world’s dominant smartphone platform. Here are six cool things you might want to give a go on Android 6.0 or save in your mental to-do list.

Control App Notifications

notifications-manager-android-6.0Avid smartphone users understand that their gadgets are pointless if they are not intelligent enough to notify them of the important happenings they are designed to manage. Even so, with so many apps, notifications were becoming more of a nuisance than helpful alerts.

With Android 6.0, however, this wayward trend has been halted to at least minimize intrusion and improve functionality. With a Marshmallow device, you can now control app notifications such that you determine which apps can interrupt you and those that just create an unobtrusive background alert.

Under the “Sound & Notification” section of the system menu, there is a section labeled “App Notifications” where you can either check or uncheck ‘peeking’ for each one of your apps. More so, you can also control other aspects of the notifications to be displayed such as their priority and sensitivity.

Change Your Settings On-The-Go

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Although the quick setting toolbar has been standard on all smartphone platforms, Android 6.0 gives you control of the shortcuts and toggles so as to better meet your on-the-go needs.

A two finger swipe on the status bar gives you the Quick Setting panel, and at the top, you will notice a gear icon which you just need to tap and hold until it starts to spin. From there, you can arrange the tiles on the Quick Settings panel depending on how you find them useful.

The above process activated the System UI Tuner which also enables you to add the favored battery level percentage on the status bar without the need to extra third party applications.

Universal Google Now

google-nowOne of the coolest and most functional additions to Google’s 6.0 Operating System is Google Now on Tap. In the newly released version of Android, the application has been reinvented to be even more useful and universal to the ecosystem.

You now get the privilege of being able to access it without leaving any application you may be using. Once you tap and hold the home button for the initial setup, an overlay as well as a Google search bar at the top is created with the current application in the background. This handily provides you with more information about what’s being displayed

You now get the privilege of being able to access it without leaving any application you may be using. Once you tap and hold the home button for the initial setup, an overlay as well as a Google search bar at the top is created with the current application in the background. This handily provides you with more information about what’s being displayed

This provides more information about what’s being displayed in the application page such that you do not have to leave the app at all to get more facts about something.

Advanced Text Selection

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A similarly instrumental feature that comes with the Marshmallow package is the ability to better utilize the text selection tool through custom/per-app options. You can now select text anywhere in the platform, ranging from a web page to documents saved within, and beam the contents into a third-party application with breaking a sweat.

Even though the proper utilization of this feature relies on developer ingenuity, most early adopters seem to have taking it to a whole new level. A great example of the seamless integration is whereby you can now select text and get an instant translation or Wikipedia lookup from Google translate and Wikipedia respectively without switching apps.

Hidden Features

Adding to the list of exciting new features, are some two hidden ones that you may want to give a whirl. The first one is a new native but hidden file manager which, despite being a bit technical, allows advanced users to perform basic functions such as browsing, editing, deleting, sharing and copying contents of the device’s storage.

It can be accessed under “Storage & USB” section of the main settings by tapping on “Explore”. The other hidden gem, is a cool Flappy Bird-like game hidden under the “About” section of the settings, which you can access by tapping a few times and holding the giant “M” under the Android Version subcategory.

Better yet, using the “+” sign at the top of the game, you can switch to multiplayer mode.

Situational Smart Profiles

Last but not least, on Android 6.0, there is a useful Do Not Disturb mode that allows you to disable your smart device from distracting you when you are engaged elsewhere. Besides preventing the device from beeping and buzzing, you can also venture further into the Sound & Notification Settings to set ‘Automatic Rules’ for when you ideally would like it to be quiet based on your calendar events or routine of work.

Similarly, by accessing the concentrated Google settings in the main settings menu, you get a new “Smart Lock for Passwords” feature which lets you save your app passwords to you Google account and toggle “Auto sign-in” for automatic access to websites or apps via the connected account. There is also an exception to the rule by selecting “Never Save” for more personal apps.

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