Marshmallow Slow Adoption

Android 6.0 marshmallow has been out in the market for quite a while now. In fact it has been more than half a year since it was released. What baffles me is that the fact that only a small percentage of devices have Marshmallow on them. Why does android smartphone manufacturers have a hard time rolling out marshmallow OTA (over the air) updates for older phones? What keeps this new operating system from getting widespread adoption? 


The public first glanced at this new android OS last September 29, 2015. Shortly a month after its release, lots of android rooting methods  were made available. The first phones to receive Android Marshmallow updates were, of course, the Nexus phones and it was generally received with favorable reviews.  People were delighted that the battery issues that plagued Android 5.0 Lollipop were wiped out on Marshmallow. Most critics also praised the new OS’s UI (user interface) improvements. 

If you see it on skin level, Marshmallow looks or almost looks the same as Lollipop. For the untrained eye, you would not be able to distinguish one from the other but the app drawer has had a significant change in Marshmallow. On this new Android operating system you can scroll through all of the apps vertically until you reach to the bottom instead of putting them in a card-like arrangement which was prevalent in all previous versions of Android. You can still drag and drop app icons from the app drawer to the home screen but now you will be given to option to uninstall it if you like. 


One of the best feature of Marshmallow is the including of Voice API and Assist API. This time third party apps can utilize voice commands with less restrictions. Google has made it a point to make voice commands and voice searches and integral part of this OS.


With all these very useful features, i still cannot grasp the idea that Marshmallow is not being rolled out to owners of older compatible phones. I mean i have the Asus Zenfone 2 and it badly need the Marshmallow update as its battery life is somewhat like a lifespan of a mayfly. It barely survives one day of use. 


I just hope that smartphone manufacturers would give us the update that our phone really needs . It pays to have a device which is updated and more attuned with the demands of this fast-paced digital world that we live in.

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