Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow news: Update brings small but significant features

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KARACHI: In what may turn out to be an important breakthrough for Pakistan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow – the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system – comes with support for Urdu language. Earlier in September, the Silicon Valley-based technology giant unveiled two of its new ‘Nexus’ smartphones – the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P along with Android 6.0, according to a post on ‘The Mobile Indian’.

With rising Internet penetration and free-access-to-Internet projects, the latest operating system will connect more people who will be able to create content in Urdu. Since the rollout of third-generation (3G) mobile technology, which started in mid-2014, Pakistan has been adding more than one million new users to its mobile Internet base every month – the number of broadband users in the country skyrocketed to 23 million at the end of October, 2015, up from less than 4 million before 3G auction. “When it comes to content, language does make a difference,” says A R Rafiq, who runs a software development company and is actively involved with Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) for IT and IT-enabled services. The entrepreneur from Silicon Valley says this new feature would help streamline the process of development as more apps could be developed in Urdu – one of the top five most-spoken languages. “It will support developers and content creators who prefer Urdu,” he says. “The Urdu content is usually not searchable because of its image format,” says Khushnood. The seat had little legroom, yet Apple’s iPad Pro ($799 and up) felt comfortable on my lap, perched on a physical-keyboard cover ($169) that folds into a kickstand. Google’s Pixel C tablet ($499 and up) has many laptop characteristics, including a high-resolution screen and a keyboard ($149) that attaches securely to the screen.

Microsoft’s Lumia 950 ($599) is a phone that can turn into a desktop PC of sorts when attached to the company’s Display Dock ($99) — a 2.5-inch square box that hooks up to a TV or external monitor. While you can pay bills and organise online photos on the TV, some other apps, such as Adobe’s Photoshop Express for photo editing, don’t project onto the bigger screen.

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