Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23)

Version 6.0
Release date October 5, 2015


  • Contextual search from keywords within apps.
  • Introduction of Doze mode, which reduces CPU speed while the screen is off in order to save battery life
  • App Standby feature
  • Alphabetically accessible vertical application drawer
  • Application search bar and favorites
  • Native fingerprint reader support
  • Direct Share feature for target-specific sharing between apps
  • Renamed “Priority” mode to “Do Not Disturb” mode
  • App Linking for faster instinctive opening of links with corresponding applications
  • Larger Application folders with multiple pages
  • Post-install/run-time permission requests
  • USB-C support
  • Demo Mode feature for screenshot-capture usage
  • Automatic full data backup and restore for apps
  • 4K display mode for apps
  • Adoptable External storage to behave like Internal Storage (However, this causes more actual problems than the hypothetical ones it was probably designed to solve.
  • MIDI support for musical instruments
  • Experimental multi-window feature
  • Support for actions by third-party apps in the text selection menu
  • App permissions now granted individually at run-time, not all-or-nothing at install time.
  • Miracast support dropped
  • Unicode 7.0 & 8.0 emoji support.
  • Descriptions for USB connection options
  • Double-tap power button to open camera