Android Marshmallow has arrived, compliments of Google with the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and it brings microSD card support, native fingerprint scanner support, and a whole host of other improvements and bug fixes. Also included in Android Marshmallow are security fixes, seeing that Android 5.1 had the StageFright Android exploit to battle. Google promised at that time that it would release security updates to its Nexus devices, and Samsung vowed to step up and do the same for its devices.
Android Marshmallow will bring a security level reminder in the “About Phone” section of Android devices. One such tech site noticed that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X both have an “Android Security Patch Level” in Android Marshmallow, a new feature that doesn’t exist in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or previous update. Android Marshmallow will also bring customizable app permissions for every Android app, so that you need only agree to the permissions you want — and still get to use the app without agreeing to all app permissions. The feature has been present in iOS for some time, and Google is now bringing Android up to date with this option.
We’re glad to see Android Marshmallow bring security alerts for customers who value mobile protection. After all, if the constant threats are as serious as hackers and web consultant firms make them out to be, then consumer education is key to fighting them. Knowledge is power.