It has already been two months since Android Marshmallow 6.0 was released to the public. But we all realise the fact that it would take time for most OEMs to plan the latest firmware update for their Android smartphones. The worst case scenario, is that even the manufacturers focus on their high-end flagships, overlooking the entry level and mid-range devices. It is disappointing, yes I know – but you can still enjoy and get Android Marshmallow features on your Android smartphones.
The plus factor in this process, is that you wouldn’t need to have your smartphone or tab running the latest update. So basically, it doesn’t matter whether you have KitKat or Lollipop, you can still get Android Marshmallow features on it.
Get Android Marshmallow features
Memory & Battery management
Marshmallow has introduced native RAM management and Doze, which helps your Android phone to perform more efficiently. This ultimately helps your phone to extract the maximum amount of juice from the battery. To enjoy a better battery runtime on your Android similar to that of Marshmallow, you can use third-party Task Manager apps from the Google Play Store, to easily and effectively manage the memory. USB Type-C is another innovative change made in MM devices to help charge rapidly, and of course you cannot hardwire a type-C port into your phone. But, you can use custom kernel to tweak and enable fast charge module (if applicable) on your Android.
Most of these task manager apps support earlier Android versions too, like IceCream Sandwich and above. This will help analyse the current apps running in background and maintain them accordingly. Though there is a long list of available Task Manager apps, but I personally prefer and use the following two – Greenify, and ES Task Manager. Greenify is a root-essential app, and is extremely efficient in working. On the other side is ES Task Manager, which is easy to handle and will also work for non-rooted devices.
Integrated SD card support
Marshmallow is designed to treat external SD cards as internal storage, so there is no more limitation of app installations or data management. Earlier devices however are still bound to the amount of storage granted to them internally. Rooted device users could make use of the infamous Link2SD app to perfectly link apps, and app data from internal to external storage. This will help you empty a significant amount of storage, internally.
Note that, Link2SD uses a partitioned external SD card to work with certain supported formats. Make sure to read installation notes on the app’s Play Store page.
Chrome Custom Tabs
Google Chrome on Marshmallow supports custom tabs to open new links. Supposedly, you have received a link via email or Hangouts, clicking on the link will generally open your default browser and load the full page. But while using Chrome Custom Tabs, a new link shall open in a pop-up window making it more data-friendly. So your browser doesn’t have to load the page fully, and will not disturb the current application process.
Thanks to Link Bubble, users can now cherish this feature on their Android without having the compulsion to update to Android Marshmallow.
Better App Permissions
App permission settings were a big decision that Google took, and was pretty intelligent to implement. Since the previous Android versions, app permissions were prompted and saved once and only once – during the app installation from the Play Store. These however, could not be controlled or modified after, so you’re basically stuck with them forever until you reinstall the app.
With Android Marshmallow, app permission settings are finally integrated into the system and could be accessed under Settings > Apps. Here you can allow/restrict individual app permissions, or even manage them in bulk, and these settings could be updated anytime.
You can get Android Marshmallow app permissions feature on your rooted Android using XPrivacy, that runs on Xposed Framework. Download the X Privacy Installer app below, it will help you set up Xposed Framework first.
For now, this is it! If we come around more alternatives to get Android Marshmallow features, we will post ’em right here and update. Till then, stay tuned for more on Android Marshmallow.