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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally here, and it’s just as sweet as we were expecting. The user interface is very much like Lollipop, but Google has packed in a lot of cool new features that you might not realize are there. That’s why we put together this guide — to help you get the most out of your Marshmallow update.
How to use Screen search
The Google Assistant already provides you with relevant information on a daily basis, but Screen search takes it one step further by giving you instant information when you need it. We’ve all been in a situation where someone texts us to meet at a particular restaurant, and we want to know more information about the spot. Normally, you close your messenger app and search for the restaurant on Google by typing in the name, or copying and pasting it. That’s so old school. With Screen search, you can leave your messenger app open and press and hold the Home button for relevant information. Google will automatically provide you with links to the location, menus, and phone numbers. It’ll even provide shortcuts to relevant apps on your device, such as Yelp.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though. Screen search works with just about any app that’s installed on your device. The next time you’re watching a movie, try Screen search to get links for the trailer on YouTube and the IMDB page, as well as separate links for each actor and actress in it. Let’s say you see a post on Google+ or Facebook of someone mentioning the movie, The Walk. Screen search will provide the same information. It will also work with just about any place, movie, TV show, or song that’s displayed on your screen.
How to control Dozing apps
Doze is a new Android feature designed to significantly increase your battery life by putting your phone to sleep when it’s been idle for a certain amount of time. You needn’t worry about missing notifications, though — if the developer of the app explicitly permits it, apps will allow alerts and messages through.
You can manually prevent apps from being “dozed,” so to speak. To do so, open Settings and select Battery. Then, tap on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, select Battery Optimization, and tap Not Optimized before selecting All Apps. You can now select the apps that you don’t want optimized for Doze mode. Keep in mind that doing so will hurt your battery, though, so only do it for the apps that are really important.
How to see what apps are using the most memory
Sometimes your device might run slow for no apparent reason. Now, you can tell what apps are using the most resources on your device with a new feature aptly called Memory. Just open Settings and select Memory. You’ll be able to see the average memory used during the last three hours, six hours, 12 hours, or the entire day. You can also tap Memory Used By Apps to find out how much RAM each app has used. This can help you to pinpoint any apps that are using too many resources.
How to use Google Translate while using other apps
If you’re a frequent user of Google Translate, Google’s eponymous translation app, you’re going to love this new feature. Assuming you have Google Translate installed on your device, select the text from any app that you want to translate, and select Translate from the copy-paste popup menu. This means you no longer need to copy and paste the text between apps or web pages and the Google Translate separately. This should work with any app that has the standard Android text selection enabled.
How to use direct sharing
You’re likely already familiar with Android’s sharing menu, the menu from which you can can share content with friends and apps. With Marshmallow, Google has added the ability to share directly with the people you most frequently message. This means if you want to send a picture to a friend, you don’t have to do much more than tapping Share and selecting your friend’s Hangout conversation to do so. This is much easier than sharing it via the official Hangouts app.