How Does Upgrading to Android Marshmallow Affect My App?

Those who have Android can look forward to better functionality with contextual assistance, improved performance in battery life, and more control over permissions and security in the latest Google Mobile OS: Android Marshmallow. Google has been allowing developers to test and report bugs making this version the “cleanest Android release yet.” The tech giant’s own phones, Nexus, have the OS already installed in late September, and the next roll out will begin with LG being the first third-party manufacturer to get the update. So how does this impact your app? The five things you will be looking for are contextual assistance, fingerprint scanning, app permissions, app links, and auto backup.

Contextual Assistance

While users are in an app that supports the new voice interaction service, Google Now on Tap, they can say a command and the app will respond. For instance, users can watch a video in the YouTube app and ask a simple question like “who is in the video,” the system will read the screen and respond with an answer.

Fingerprint Scanning

The ease of additional touch functions and a higher level of security has made fingerprint scanning a popular request from smartphone owners. Now users can log into an app with their fingers instead of going through the laborious task of typing out an email and password. If your app has a pay function, users can scan their fingerprint to make purchases.

App Permissions

When a user downloads an app for the first time, set up will be easier. Users will only be asked to get permission right when it is needed. They can bypass the permissions and still use the app if permissions are declined. There will also be more advanced controls to turn permissions on or off.

App Links

Android Marshmallow can now direct users to a specific app when a link is tapped on. This means that an app can be assigned to a link and only that app will open when the link is selected.

Auto Backup

Data from your app can now be automatically backed up and restored seamlessly. So if a user changes their phone, data they had in your app will be transferred over to a new one without the user needing to manually save anything. For a more in-depth look at these features, upgrade to the new mobile OS when it releases on your device or contact the Concepta development team. If you want to learn about how upgrading to iOS 9 affects your app, we have a post for that too.