Android 6.0 vs Android 5.1 Lollipop: What’s New in Marshmallow

In October of 2015 Google officially released Android 6.0 Marshmallow. And while most users are now waiting for Android 7.0 Nougat updates, some will never get the latest version of Android. As a result, many will want to know everything Marshmallow has to offer. This is a comparison of Android 5.1 Lollipop vs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

With Android 6.0 the focus was on polishing the experience and improving battery life, not changing the entire look and feel of our devices. As a, result it looks the same as earlier versions while having a slew of new features.

Read: Nexus 6P Review: Google’s Finest Yet

Some of those new features are fingerprint support, improved permission controls, Google Now, and multiple battery saving measures. There are lots of new features in Android Nougat, but Marshmallow still has plenty to offer.

Android6-marshmallow-LWhether you just bought a phone that runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow or realized you’ll never get an update to Nougat or Android O, this is a good place to start.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a free software update for all eligible Android smartphones and tablets, starting with Google’s own Nexus lineup. Most brands cover stock Android with their own interface, like Samsung, although many of the changes mentioned below are still included.

Just like with Android L in 2014, Google unveiled Android M in May of 2015 and released a developer preview for users to try on select Nexus devices. This allowed for months of testing before the October release date. And now, most Android devices have received the update.

Users will notice some visual changes to animations and effects, the lockscreen, homescreen, and the notification pulldown bar. Not to mention new volume and permission controls, a revamped application launcher and Google Now, which is now the Google Assistant. However, it’s behind the scenes where things really took off. Permission and security controls, fingerprint support, Doze battery improvements, automatic app and data backups, and so much more.

Read: Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New in Lollipop

With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google completely changed the look and feel of Android. Above is a quick comparison showing users what changed in 2014-15, and below is a big slideshow detailing exactly what to expect from Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

To begin Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolled out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player. Then eventually others like Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Huawei and more. The video below is a quick look at some of the many features in Marshmallow.

Some of the features, like the dark theme, were removed by Google before releasing the software to the public. That said, everything else is available on our phones or tablets. Below is an extensive slideshow comparing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Android 5.1 Lollipop. This will show you what’s new, what to look for, and what to expect as you enjoy your device.

You can click on any of the images below to instantly jump to that part of the slideshow. The older Android 5.1 Lollipop is on the left (if applicable), while Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on the right. If you have a Nexus smartphone and tablet, you’re likely already running Android 7.0 Nougat. This shows Google’s slow and steady progression and improvements to its mobile operating system. While you’re here, take a look at what’s coming in 2017 with Android O.

Android 5.1 vs Android 6.0: Lockscreen

Android 5.1 vs Android 6.0: Lockscreen

Every slide will have Android 5.1 on the left (if available) and the newer Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the right.

Google changed the lockscreen in Android 5.0 to make things easier and simple. It's very clean and plain, with some quick swipe icons to instantly launch voice controls, unlock the phone, or launch the camera. In Android 5.1 the far right was a quick launch to the phone app, but not Google wants us using Google Now voice commands instead. It's a small change, and one some might not like considering a swipe would unlock right into making a call, but not it's into Google Now and voice commands.

On the bottom of the lockscreen are three icons. The middle unlocks into the phone, the right side unlocks right to the camera for quick access to instantly take photos, and on the left, we have a microphone. This doesn't unlock your phone and instead fires up Google Now voice controls. This can be used to make a call, ask for directions, "go to gottabemobile.com" and any other voice command. Some of this won't be on devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and others.

You can still use this to make calls, just say, "Call Mom" rather than going into the dialer and finding her.

66 Comments

  1. Peter Miller

    10/06/2015 at 8:23 pm

    To be clear, in the new permissions model rogue apps can still access the internet, they just can’t access any of your data so what they can do with the internet access is severely limited.

    Reply

  2. Stevenehennesse

    10/07/2015 at 6:56 am

  3. dipak ojha

    10/08/2015 at 10:17 pm

    but my neus 5 cant show internal sd in my pc how to i can use my internal memeory like lalipop plz solution me

    Reply

  4. salil

    10/10/2015 at 2:56 am

    contact application is not working after upgrade

    Reply

    • Nandish

      10/16/2015 at 12:04 am

      hey..even I am faciing the same issue..Any update on that?

      Reply

  5. kiran Gade

    10/12/2015 at 1:05 am

    still my device has not been upgraded in marshmallowqhen it will be get update for my device

    Reply

    • Shashi

      01/08/2016 at 11:06 am

      after updateation any changes in internal memory

      Reply

  6. heymull

    10/14/2015 at 12:58 pm

    Updated, still waiting to finish (Nexus 9 32 GB)

    Reply

  7. Nandish

    10/16/2015 at 12:04 am

    Contact app Not Working…I get a message saying contact list is updating!

    Reply

  8. Winterbay

    10/16/2015 at 9:26 am

    Now on tap removed the very useful ability to select what search provider you wanted to perform searches with. I really liked being able to set the swipe-up command to be “perform a search with DuckDuckGo” and now that is gone :(

    Reply

  9. deadass

    10/17/2015 at 9:07 pm

    Android M; something a Note 3 user can only dream of getting.

    Reply

  10. rahul

    10/22/2015 at 5:03 am

    Android 6.0 is best ever android version and it is more best in the Moto X Style.

    Reply

  11. Bull Shitieus

    11/18/2015 at 8:34 am

    90% of everything you said about visual changes was wrong and every one of these are absolutely NOT new to Android M.
    Lollipop does indeed use vertical scrolling in both the app tray and widgets. I am on Android 5.1 on a 2015 Moto E and both the apps and widgets menu look exactly like M.

    Vertical scrolling is not new. Top row of apps showing recently used is not new. Vertical widget menu is not new either

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  13. Omm

    12/24/2015 at 9:53 am

    How I back lolipop after uplode marshmallows

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  14. Joe

    12/25/2015 at 4:13 pm

    What an utterly useless comparison between products!!!!!

    Reply

  15. Xavior Green

    01/05/2016 at 7:19 pm

    Love the update!! Moto 3rd gen. No probs here

    Reply

  16. Shashi

    01/08/2016 at 11:03 am

    After updatation any changes in internal memory?

    Reply

  17. yashwant

    01/09/2016 at 6:20 am

    wnen will launch 6.0 for moto g2

    Reply

    • murali

      02/10/2016 at 9:11 pm

      it is there an update for moto g2.. you can update to 6.0

      Reply

  18. amit

    02/19/2016 at 6:31 pm

    the update 6.0 Moto g turbo edition. No probs here

    Reply

  19. Sanjit Singh

    02/19/2016 at 9:43 pm

    Android 6.0 is available from last two days, and there is no issue…Install it and Enjoy!!!!!

    Reply

  20. vivek

    02/21/2016 at 3:48 am

    Marshmallow is better than Lollipop.
    In Lollipop 5.0 Mobile Hangs so much..But in Marshmallow no such problems occurssss…!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  21. Sasi Kumar

    02/24/2016 at 11:59 pm

    Update for moto g2 .is now available.

    Reply

  22. sravani somu

    03/26/2016 at 4:41 am

    can moto g2 supports marshmallow version? nd is dat better than lollipop?

    Reply

  23. Jude

    03/31/2016 at 11:39 pm

    my upgradation to marshmallow from lolipop was a total disaster. Now I cant search contacts, even search option not displaying in contact list. if we are in another window, caller ID is not displaying. watsapp web not working well. pls help to return to lolipop.

    Reply

  24. Sandip Raval

    04/05/2016 at 8:26 am

    battery performance become poor after updation to android M on my Lenovo K3 note. Can anybody tell me how to gain good battery life in android M.

    Reply

    • Steven Stone

      07/01/2016 at 7:36 pm

      What the heck is “updation?” That isn’t even a word. Please, try to speak English here. I can not take your comments seriously when you mangle my native language so badly.

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        • Al

          02/25/2017 at 8:24 pm

          Maybe he is Australian or British

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  25. Nanasaheb

    04/09/2016 at 12:37 am

    how to change version 6.0 to 5.0 in moto g 2 nd generation..Help mp

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  27. clifton pyle

    04/13/2016 at 6:08 pm

    Is the inability to “save image” from facebook to decice, a problem for Marshmallow6.0 or is that something different. Me and my wife each, just got the lgg4. Mine allows me to “save picture” to the devise. My wife’s phone will not save picture at all. Anyone know why? Also, I have turned off all notifications sounds from facebook, but we can not do the same for her phone.

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    • Steven Stone

      07/01/2016 at 7:38 pm

      My Samsung Galaxy S7 running Android M 6.0.1 has no problem with saving images from Facebook. Maybe you need to uninstall Facebook and then reinstall it.

      Reply

  28. Gms

    04/14/2016 at 7:20 pm

    After updating to marshmallow
    Ony minus points-
    Now i can’t entre text by clicking photo,

    Reply

    • clifton pyle

      04/15/2016 at 2:48 am

      All this talk and no answer to my question. WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO ACTUALLY START DOING THEUR JOBS. I DIDINT ASK FOR A COMPARISON. I ASKED IF LOSING THE ABILITY TO “SAVE PICTURE” IS A STANDARD IN 6.0 OR IS THERE A FLAW.

      Reply

  29. David Widdowson

    04/21/2016 at 3:09 pm

    Sorry, but Marshmallow is a disaster on my phone (Moto E 2nd Gen). If there was any way to change back, I’d do it in a heartbeat. It didn’t need changing and it’s made my phone a nightmare to use. Can’t find some things, others not working right. Wish that people would stop messing.

    Reply

  30. Annymouse

    04/24/2016 at 7:59 am

    lot’s of app not working on android m, switching back to 5.1.1 :)

    Reply

    • David Widdowson

      04/27/2016 at 1:03 pm

      How do you change back please?

      Reply

      • dan

        05/19/2016 at 3:30 pm

        Download the update version of the 5.1.1 and use odin to flash or whatever software ur fone uses in flashing new roms

        Reply

  31. Famiii

    04/25/2016 at 7:54 am

    For me android 5 is easier to use for making calls. Flip and favorites dial. Google just want to make money and having reached near monopoly status, is less concerned with ease of use. It would have been easy to put a phone icon in the middle of the left hand side of the phone for people who want to use a phone.

    Reply

  32. clifton pyle

    04/25/2016 at 8:05 am

    Has anyone else had a problem downloading a picture from messages, while on the phone? My S5 would allow me to do this but my lgg4 on marshmallo will not. Any suggestions?

    Reply

  33. Capique

    04/30/2016 at 5:13 am

    Once you updated, all your data in the phone such PIN Credit Card, passwords will definitely can be uploaded to the server. BEWARE! Clean up everythings first before install the update!

    Reply

  34. Chintu

    05/12/2016 at 3:44 am

    In my sony xperia z3+ stamina mode is gone after update

    Reply

  35. debasish bhatta

    05/22/2016 at 9:46 am

    Don’t upgrade mashmallow…….better is lollipop….

    Reply

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  37. Dick Zerect

    06/08/2016 at 8:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see Verizon’s version of 6.haha, you need a new phone.0 Marshgater brick my Galaxy S5 !

    NOT !!! gonna stay with Lollipop 5.0, I had enough issues and problems with that “upgrade” from KitKat.
    I’ll wait until all the damn bugs are worked out and they release 6.1.1 THEN AND ONLY THEN will I update.

    Reply

  38. Sakkeerhusain

    06/17/2016 at 8:59 pm

    6.0 is the best one
    Its running good in my lg g4.
    I like that the individual permission controls
    Its very usefull to keep your data safe

    Reply

  39. Kashyap G

    06/24/2016 at 11:21 pm

    M 6.0 is responding well in Samsung galaxy J5 2015 edition.no hanging problem.

    Reply

  40. Glenn Fry

    07/03/2016 at 12:21 am

    OMG! Since the upgrade of Android 6.0 (Marshmellow) 3 days ago on my Samsung Galaxy s5, (via Verizon), my battery life went from one day to almost 4 days! Yay! They finally did something right! I LOVE it!!!!

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  41. michaelwpollard

    07/06/2016 at 9:40 am

    It seems that on the Verizon Note 4, either Verizon or Samsung has replaced some things with custom (if similar) versions, which were not updated with Marshmallow. For example, in the notification tray, holding the Settings gear doesn’t do anything – I held it for over 15 seconds and still didn’t get the UI Tuner. Also, the Apps drawer still has horizontal pages, and the lock screen still has the dialer rather than the voice icon, and the volume sliders are unchanged.

    Reply

  42. Yumlam moji

    07/14/2016 at 3:32 pm

    Give an update for htc desire 616 dual sim from 4.2.2 to 4.4.4 please

    Reply

  43. ANAND VARMA

    07/20/2016 at 10:19 am

    Very Nice Marsmellow 6.0 good

    Reply

  44. Srivin

    07/26/2016 at 8:18 am

    Don’t upgrade to marshmallow ,
    I’m upgrade this from lollipop , in lenovo A 7000
    Now my set is not charging while system is on

    Reply

  45. Table Ronde

    08/24/2016 at 8:59 pm

    The volume control looks like Lumia.

    Reply

  46. NarnderVinjuda

    08/25/2016 at 9:02 pm

    Android 6.o vs and marshmallow version update to my mobile Samsung galaxy cor

    Reply

  47. Ashok Kumar

    08/29/2016 at 6:03 am

    I am having Moto G (3rd generation) mobile android 5.1, Today I updated mobile with android 6.0. After successfully updation of mobile, I am watching that it is not showing in my desktop computor. What I have to do. Please guide. Please notify me at my e-mail [email protected]

    Ashok Kumar

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    09/04/2016 at 8:44 pm

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  49. Michelle

    09/05/2016 at 8:03 am

    Just got a new cheap unlocked Alcatel Idol 3 4.7″ smartphone that came with Android 5.1. I upgraded it to Android 6.0.1 within the first 5 minutes of turning it on for the first time. I was surprised Alcatel had the update for it already. I’d rather have a better phone, but there are limited choices with smaller phones.

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  50. Jyoti shukla

    09/11/2016 at 3:33 am

    How to change Android 6 to Android 5.1.1

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  51. Rajeev

    09/13/2016 at 10:49 pm

    How to change arshallow 6.0 to Android 5.1 lollipop.

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  52. Sudam

    10/02/2016 at 7:54 pm

    How I return my android lenovo k3 note to 6.1 into 5.1

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  55. mudassir

    01/11/2017 at 4:37 am

    contact name wise search box is not in marshallow while is in lollipop

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    02/16/2017 at 2:05 am

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