Google Now on Tap will look at whatever is currently on your screen and provide you with related content and features. So if you activate Now on Tap while watching a music video you'll get a list of popular content about that artist or song. Activating Now on Tap is easy, just press and hold the Home button.
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Note: The date Marshmallow is available on your device will vary. Each manufacturer determines which devices they'll update and what the schedule will be.
Marshmallow (Android 6.0 release) improves how you find information on your smartphone and tablet. It offers a fingerprint scanner for advanced device security and lets you control which permissions apps can use. You'll also enjoy longer battery life with the new, smarter power-saving features. The redesigned app drawer has a new quick scrolling feature and a search bar to make finding apps faster than ever.
Updating Marshmallow on Your Device
Refer to the Advanced Devices - Software Updates page to see if Marshmallow has been released for your device or if an update is coming soon.
The steps to find the current OS version vary by device. Below are general instructions that work for most Android devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the device's user guide.
To check your current Android OS version:
- Open your device's settings.
- Tap the About Phone or About Device option.
- Tap Android Version to display your version information.
You've successfully found your version information.
Use your fingerprint to unlock your phone and authorize purchases. To unlock your phone or complete checkout, place your finger briefly on the scanner until it vibrates. It's that simple.
Two great features to give you longer battery life: Doze and App Standby. Doze knows when your phone is sitting around doing nothing and it will shut down most background services and your network connection - things that would normally use up your battery. App Standby will automatically disable apps that you're not using, preventing them from running in the background and draining your battery.
Turn off any app permissions you don't want an app to have. For example, if you're not sure why the word game you downloaded has permission to turn on your camera you can block that app from accessing your camera.