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Android Marshmallow update for LG G4 focuses on security, sharing, and power optimization: in pictures

LG's G4 is almost a year old, but gets a new lease on life with the Android Marshmallow update rolling out to existing devices.

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Topic: Mobility
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LG G4 Marshmallow update

It's been about five months since ZDNet's Kevin Tofel wrote that the LG G4 Marshmallow update began rolling out in Poland. This week my T-Mobile LG G4 received the update and I've spent some time testing it out.

The update was nearly 1GB in size and at first glance I didn't notice any obvious changes. However, once you dig a bit deeper, there are quite a few improvements that bring improved security, expanded sharing capability, and power optimization.

The LG G4 is nearly a year old, but remains one of the best Android phones available. It is also now being sold at a greatly reduced price so is an excellent alternative to the new high-priced flagships.

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Android 6.0 is now on the LG G4

The LG website has all the details of the Android Marshmallow update for the LG G4. As you can see in this screenshot gallery and on the LG website, the improvements include:

  • Battery optimization with the new Doze feature
  • Knock Code updates for more secure passwords
  • Changes to app permissions, giving you more explicit control
  • Direct share functionality
  • Silent mode, even quieter than vibrate
  • Auto-brightness improvements (this was actually one of my major annoyances)
  • Notification peeking
  • Improvements in settings

With Marshmallow on the LG G4, you have a modern smartphone with an excellent camera, removable battery, and microSD card slot.

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Knock Code security has been improved

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Direct share makes sharing faster and easier

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An actual silent mode is now available

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Notification peeking is supported

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Application battery optimizations

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Improved app settings

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More control over permissions

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LG AirDrive is here

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