Android M will be "Marshmallow"

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  1. Mi An

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    Google broke up with my Nexus 4 and all it got was a lollipop :vbfrown: Not very classy, Google.
     
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    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    Broke up with my Nexus 7 too, although that one didn't do that well with Lollipop either. In fact, I'm planning on returning the Nexus 7 to KitKat to live out it's final days.

    It doesn't seem different enough from Lollipop to warrant leaving the Nexus 4 behind. Sorry.
     
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  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    it's just business… :vbrolleyes:
     
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  4. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Yup. My Nexus 7 is in the same boat. Ah well. I do like Lollipop on it. :)

    Sent from my Samsung Note IV
     
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    FWIW, I'm not unhappy, just trying to be funny. I actually haven't purchased many new phones and I'm quite proud of this one. I was kind of getting comfortable with stock roms and just using custom kernels as google added little things to stock, like the ability to select your own swipe up from home launcher, but I'm sure there will be stable and solid (not just haphazard, hacky) n4 6.0 roms quickly enough.
     
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  6. Hook

    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    So far, there isn't a lot of difference between stock 5.1.1 and stock 6.0. Mostly little things here and there. Feels much more like 5.2 than 6.0. I'm not complaining. I like refinement rather than the roller coaster ride of something wholly new. :vbwink:

    However, one big change that only folks who root or ROM will run into is that Android 6 has implemented a Knox-like security scheme, explained in this article:

    http://www.xda-developers.com/a-look-at-marshmallow-root-verity-complications/

    Luckily, Chainfire has come up with a work around (as explained in the piece) that replaces the stock kernel with a modified stock kernel (stock, except...) that allows root. Haven't yet decided if I'll jump on it or if I'll see what else develops. I'm not real patient these days about getting root. :vbrolleyes:

    Stoopid Google. They should just provide a means to allow people to opt out of the security scheme. It shouldn't be too bad to get around on a Nexus, but it will probably be a mess with carriers involved.
     
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  7. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    other than the resolution step-back, I'd be happy with Windows for Workgroups -- my point is, as long as the stuff I want to run works on what I have, I don't need to upgrade the OS...YMMV
     
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    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    It's still a bit early, but so far I am very happy with Android 6.0 (I refuse to use the desert name :vbtongue:). It really is a very polished version of Android 5 with a few new features nicely laid out in this write-up:

    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2989973/android/android-60-marshmallow-faq.html

    So far it is buttery smooth and probably my favorite version of Android since version 4.2 (which is probably my all-time favorite version). I haven't played extensively with the new app permissions, but will go through and do things like deny Kindle access to my contacts, etc, and see if anything breaks.

    There is also a hidden new settings panel (what is it with Google and hiding features :vbrolleyes:). If you pull down the Quick Settings shade and hold the setting gear for 2-4 seconds, a "System UI Tuner" settings panel at the bottom of settings, under "About Phone." There isn't a lot there right now. You can customize your quick settings and what icons appear in the status bar and embed battery percentage in the battery icon, but I suspect they will add UI tweaks here, probably taken from popular ROMs and experiment with them before giving them more visibility. They warn you that features may appear, disappear or break in future updates. :vbeek: :vbgrin:

    All in all, I am really enjoying this version. Battery life seems good, performance excellent, UI smoothness great.

    I will root shortly because:
    1. Nandroid backups
    2. Titanium Backup
    3. Twrp Recovery
    4. Changing screen resolution in build Prop (Nexus 5 capable of much better than default resolution)
    5. I can.

    Rooting will break Android Pay because it depends on the new security scheme, but I have no intentions of ever using Android Pay anyway.

    I will then await a good ROM and kernel (hopefully DU), but I feel no rush there. Rooted stock will be quite nice. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Hook

    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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  10. jigwashere

    jigwashere Mobile Deity

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    Wow! Not surprised, really.
     
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