Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has started rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to Android One handsets, after it rolled out the update for Nexus devices. Android One smartphones are entry-level devices, marketed by Google for the emerging market consumers.
Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Lava Pixel V1 are the currently sold Android One devices in India.
Android One devices are loaded with stock Android, similar to Nexus devices, and they also receive the update like the Nexus devices. The upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P already come with pre-installed Android Marshmallow. The latest update includes contextual search with Now on Tap, and battery life in improved with Doze and App Standby. Doze works is like an automatic airplane mode, where the users are disconnected from the network when the phone is idle.
In App Standby, apps on an unplugged standby are shut down, so that no updates or tasks are performed when not in use. With the update, Google will be offering users more control over what information apps can access. The update also includes Google’s new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, USB Type-C, several tweaks and improvements to the operating system. The latest system brings native support to fingerprint scanning, and enhance security features. The fingerprint scanner allows payment authorization with 3rd party apps, and checkout with Android Pa, Android TV and others.
USB Type-C ports allow the user to transfer large amounts of data quickly and fast charging through the same port. Multitasking has been given an upgrade by improving application performance and low memory overhead. Android users are likely to receive a notification about the update, if not they can manually update by going to Settings > About Phone > Software updates. The size of the update on an Android One device Spice Dream Uno is 337.9 MB, and it could vary across devices.