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The top five new features in Android MarshmallowGoogle's newest mobile operating system is out now. Here are our favorite features.
Android Marshmallow is out now and hopefully landing on your phone in the next few months. Here are my top five new features in the update. Number one, now on tap. Press and hold your phone's home button, and boom, Google Now appears offering up extra information on whatever is on your Screen, you'll get links and app shortcuts relevant to whatever you're looking at. So if a friend texts you about dinner and a movie, you can get information about both without any effort. No on tap is arguably the best new feature in Android Marshmallow. Number two, app permission. No longer do apps have carte blanche access to every inch of your phone. Now you can turn off access app by app to your photos contacts and more. Just go to setting, apps, and tap the gear icon. Then pick a feature like location or microphone. Phone and decide which app can you use it. Number 3, Fingerprint support. Finally, built-in fingerprint support. This means we'll hopefully see more Android phones with fingerprint scanners in the future. And fingerprints are a much more convenient way to secure your phone without a password or Plus, this feature allows you to pay for stuff in an app on your phone and authorize the payment with your print. Number four, Doze Mode. Your phones spends a lot of time resting. On a table, in your Your pocket or in your bag. When your phone's sitting idle it will now use less power, blocking background processes drain your battery. This means that you're not tapping on your phone all day. It may even last until the next morning Number 5 : A re-designed app drawer. The app drawer is a bit smarter these days, showing you suggested apps at the very top, that Android thinks you want right now, based on the time of day and your habits. There's a search field, too, so you can easily find what you need. Head over to cnet.com to learn a whole lot more about Android Marshmallow.