10 Things to Get Excited About in Android Marshmallow

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Use Your SD Cards as On-Board Storage

Despite dropping support for external micro-SD cards in its own Nexus devices, Marshmallow makes it possible to use external storage cards for both apps and data. Called "Adoptable Storage Devices," the feature will essentially format and encrypt the external drives, allowing them to be used for holding apps. Of course, the encryption does mean that you won't be able to interchange the SD card with another Android device. Interestingly, Adoptable Storage Devices not only supports micro-SD cards, but USB OTG drives plugged in to a micro-USB port, too.

The next major version of Android 6.0, Marshmallow, is expected to be announced this week, with the first smartphones that come preinstalled with it to be available shortly after.

While Google has announced that Marshmallow is an incremental update that focuses largely on bug features, it does offer some new capabilities and a number of tweaks that users will look forward to. We've listed 10 of the most compelling features in the following slideshow.


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