Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings useful under-the-hood improvements -- such as better power management -- but Google didn't neglect the visual elements of its new mobile operating system. Here's Marshmallow at a glance.

Fresh design

Marshmallow employs Google's Material grid-based approach to design and uses the company's new colorful branding.


Get permission

Managing permissions in Android has always been a bit frustrating. Google hopes to change that with Marshmallow, giving you finer control over permissions by making apps request permission when they want to use a service.


And you view and control which apps have access to services.


Text editing

Marshmallow displays its text-selection controls in a floating toolbar right above the selected text, instead of popping them up to the top of the screen.


Google Now on Tap

In an app or on a webpage, tap and hold the Home button to have Google use what's on your screen to display related information. To turn it on, open Google Now and in the Setting pane, tap Now cards and turn on Now on Tap.


Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.