Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is the latest version of the Android operating system. That is, it is the newest version to be released even though talk of Android N is already on the cards. Which is always a strange state of affairs as the sheer majority of Android users are still waiting on their upgrade to Marshmallow. Well, those who are currently residing on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) at least.
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In spite of Marshmallow being so new (from the end-user perspective), most of what is new with Marshmallow has been widely covered since the release of the OS. This is typical of what happens when a new version of Android comes out and as a result, many who follow the Android news are simply waiting for the update to arrive to provide them with the features that they know are coming. Doze and Google Now on Tap being two such examples. However, there are always those little features which escape the initial wave of ‘what’s new’ when the OS news comes through the first time. Speaking of which, a change to the way individual settings icons seems to be one of those which has eluded news streams so far.
In short, Marshmallow brings with it a change to the way widget icons looks for individually assigned settings. Back on Lollipop, if you were to assign a specific icon to your homescreen for any settings features (i.e. battery, data, location, display, memory, etc), the icon used was the standard Android gear icon with the label (i.e. battery, data, location, display, memory, etc) underneath. In Marshmallow however, the icons still make use of the gear icon background, but also come with their own imagery within the gear icon (as you can see in the image above). So if it the battery icon, you can expect battery imagery, same with location, same with display and so on. Whilst not the biggest of changes from Lollipop to Marshmallow, it is still a change worth noting, as it does increase the visual appeal of the icons and does mean that you don’t have to actually read the labels, compared to the all-for-one gear icon approach which was used before.
That said, the assigning of setting icons to your homescreen is not any easier, as they still only can be assigned one at a time which does make for a time consuming process. If you are on Marshmallow though and want to check out the new icons, then head to the widgets menu (long press on your homescreen), scroll down to “Settings”, click on “Settings shortcut 1 x 1” and then pick a settings aspect. Once it pops up on your homescreen, you will see the new look and design,