On Tuesday, United States software giant Google introduced a major version upgrade of its Android mobile operating system. Android 6.0 (also known as Android Marshmallow) got unveiled at Google’s annual press event at San Francisco, California.
Android 6.0 comes with a lot of goodies. The refreshed Android version comes preloaded with support for Android Pay, Google’s new payment system for Android devices. The service will allow you integrate your existing credit card for easy payment in over 700,000 compatible US and European stores (and counting).
Android 6.0 also comes with native support for fingerprint scanners. No longer are OEMs required to tweak lines of codes into smartphones to enable fingerprint sensors work: it’s just plug and play.
A new power saving feature called Doze was integrated with Android 6.0. The function detects when the screen hasn’t been used for long (like when the user is sleeping) and puts the device into a very low energy mode where background processes and other top battery consumers are put to the barest minimum modes resulting in longer standby time.
Google also introduced the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X. Both smartphones comes equipped with fingerprint sensors, USB type-C connectors (Android 6.0 comes with native support for that), and 12.3-megapixel rear cameras. The Nexus 6P has a 5.7″ QHD IPS touchscreen, 3GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, an 8MP front camera and a 3,450mAh sealed battery while the 5.2″ Nexus 5X sports a Snapdragon 808 chipset, 2GB RAM, 5MP front camera and 2,700mAh battery inside.
Google hasn’t announced any plans to offer either Nexus smartphones in Africa but you can order the Infinix Hot 2 from Jumia at about 19,500 naira if you live in Nigeria. The Hot 2 is a product of Google’s Android One initiative for developing markets similar to the company’s Nexus program which is popular in the United States and Europe.