1 . Google Now on Tap
Google Now on Tap allows you to access Now without leaving the app you’re currently using. Just long-press on the Home button from any screen and follow a few simple instructions to activate it for the first time (this step is only necessary once—afterwards, a simple long touch will activate it).
Now on Tap creates a Google Now overlay with your current app in the background. In addition to a familiar Google search screen at the top, Now on Tap automatically provides ready-made information and links based on what’s on your current page (e.g. if you’re reading a movie review, it might provide links to articles about the director or movie times; or it might bring up information on a band you’re listening to on Spotify). This feature saves you the time of leaving your app to find additional information. Recently, Google also started incorporating Google Now cards.
2. Improved Cut & Paste
3. Voice Search Directly From the Lock Screen
Previously, only tasks like camera or emergency calls were available from the lock screen without a password, but Marshmallow places Google voice search a mere swipe away—no log-in required. This is a big help when you need to quickly look up that one actor’s name from that thing…you know the one, right? Okay, just let me Google it real quick.
4 .App Permissions
Does that cool screensaver from that no-name developer in eastern Ukraine want access to your microphone for no good reason? Now you have the power to nix it. (Though, if a screensaver is asking for microphone access, you should really consider deleting it altogether). Just go to Settings > Apps > [tap a particular app] > Permissions . Here you can toggle access to specific phone features on and off. Take control of your device!
5. App Power Saving Exceptions
Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery optimization (available via the menu in the top-right corner). On this page you can find a pull-down menu with two options: “Not optimized” (i.e. the apps that are always on) and “All apps.” Just tap on an app from any list and you will have the ability to “Optimize” (to reiterate: The app will go into standby when not in use) and “Don’t optimize” (which will keep your apps functioning at all times, but will drain your battery more quickly).
6 . Easter Egg Game
The first time you play you’ll find a plus symbol at the top, which will allow you to add more players (who strangely enough can all play simultaneously). It’s actually super hard. I couldn’t get past the first hurdle.