Android 6.1 Marshmallow update may come soon
Recently Google started the rollout of Android 6.0.1 update to some Android One devices. Some reliable reports are saying that Google is working hard to release the Android 6.1 update soon. Some rumours also claimed that Nexus devices will be bumped to Android 6.1 update and may not receive Android 6.0.1. So it seems that Android 6.1 is a big update with a lot of bug fixes and stability improvements. Previously Google released the Android 5.1 update in March 2015. But this time Google is working hard to release the next Android update in early 2016. As usual, Nexus devices will get this update first. Then Google play edition devices will get the update and later tech giants like Samsung will start the rollout of Android 6.1. So in a few weeks full details about the Android 6.1 release date and rollout dates will be revealed. According to some rumours, Android 6.1 may come with the following features and improvements.
Android 6.1 Marshmallow Features :
1. Multi Window support :
Google introduced Multiwindow support for Android devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But in Android 6.0 it has been implemented as experimentally only. So to implement multi window in Android 6.0, users have to do some tough procedures. That is also crashing apps sometimes. But in the Android 6.1 update, the multi window may come out of experimental mode. So in Android 6.1, we may see the fully functional multi window mode. Users can work more conveniently with multi window support on Marshmallow. Thus, users can open multiple windows in a single screen on Android like Windows Desktop.
2. Improvements in Doze Mode :
Google brought Doze mode with Android 6.0 Marshmallow to improve the standby time of the device with the help of sensors. Nexus devices which have already been running on Marshmallow have confirmed that Doze mode is working better than the Lollipop battery saver and it increases standby time much. Google may improve the Doze mode further in the Android 6.1 update. So it Android 6.1 Doze mode may work much better than current Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
3. Night mode :
Previously Google implemented night mode feature in the Android M Preview 1 but removed it later. But Google may add it to the Android 6.1 update. In night mode, Settings Menu will appear with black background and white font. So users feel comfortable in night times with night mode. But we have to wait until Google confirms that Night mode is coming with Android 6.1 update.
Google totally revamped the app launcher in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Search Giant brought vertical launcher with Marshmallow against previous horizontal launchers. We can also find necessary apps faster with the search option in the launcher. Some rumours are already claiming that Google will improve the launcher in the next update. So in the Android 6.1 update, we may see better app launcher. The App launcher which is coming in this update works more fluid and also faster.
5. Improved User Interface :
Google introduced Material user interface with Android 5.0 Lollipop and continued that in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. So The Search Giant may improve it in the next update. So Android 6.1 may bring new app icons for the launcher. User Interface and Status bar icons also might be improved in Android 6.1. But we have to wait till Google announces about full UI changes coming with Android 6.1.
Google introduced the Priority Notifications feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop in place of Silent Mode. Then, a better feature named as Do Not Disturb has been introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Do Not Disturb feature is better than Lollipop’s Priority Notifications and also more user-friendly. The Search Giant may improve this feature in the Android 6.1 update. Google may add more new options Do Not Disturb Mode in Android 6.1. So it will be more user-friendly and also may work with more functionality. Customization of Do Not Disturb Mode also might be improved in Android 6.1. More details about the improved Do Not Disturb Feature of Android 6.1 will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 7/12/2015 :
Google released the factory images of Android 6.0.1 update for some Nexus devices. Official Nexus factory Images page is showing that Android 6.0.1 is now available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices. Some users already started receiving the update through OTA also. As the OTA rollout proceeds in phases, some users may have to wait some time to download the Android 6.0.1 update. This update carries new emoji icons for Nexus devices as revealed some earlier leaks. Android 6.0.1 brings quick Camera launch for Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Player devices. With this feature users can launch Camera app just by clicking the power button twice. This feature already available in the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update also includes some bug fixes and minor improvements. Actually Google released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Android One devices in November. So it seems that Google may release the Android 6.1 Update at the end of January or at the beginning of February. Full details about the release of Android 6.1 will be revealed soon.
Update on 13/12/2015 :
The clock in the devices which have installed Android 6.0 is running slowly according to some users. On some Nexus devices, the clock is running slowly by about 30 mins. This time difference shows large effect on Alarms and event reminders from Calender. But Google has fixed this bug in the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. So after updating to Android 6.0.1, the clock in the Nexus devices is running correctly.
Google Pixel C Team said in the Reddit AMA session that they working on many things for Android N OS. Split screen is also one of those features according to the them. So it seems that the Android N operating system brings Split screen feature. The team also said that Android N may feature Display port support over the Type-C USB port. So it seems that Android 6.1 may not feature Multi Window aka split screen support. But it comes with the Android N update. More details about the Android N Split screen will be revealed in future.
We will update this article soon with more news about the Android 6.1 update.