Google has confirmed that the next release of Android will be version 6.0, and will be called “Marshmallow”.
New features for developers include the ability to use fingerprint authentication in any application and automatically backup application data and settings to a Google account.
Some of the features to look forward to in Android 6.0 Marshmallow are:
- Android Pay – bringing the same sort of contactless payments you know from Apple Pay & the newer Samsung Pay. This will be built into the system and will also make use of native fingerprint authorisation
- Google Now – allows Google to have even more insight into your life (with your permission!). For instance if you’re texting someone about dinner plans at a restaurant, a quick press of the home button will bring up more information about that restaurant.
- Tweaks for better battery life
Android 6.0 Marshmallow will also use a new Permissions model whereby users can review and if desired revoke access to specific hardware and software elements, such as preventing a program from accessing your contacts or the camera, whilst still allowing it to access the Internet, for example.