The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is one of the manufacturer’s earliest smartphones for 2016. Released in early January, this handset came with Android’s Lollipop installed.
Interestingly, this medium budget device is the first of its kind to incorporate the TheaterMax technology to give its users a theater like experience on the screen when viewing movies. The good news for Vibe K4 Note lovers is Lenovo’s announcement in early June that it has started receiving the Marshmallowupgrade, the latest operating system from Android.
There are two ways you can get your K4 Note upgraded with Marshmallow. One way to do this is to opt for the standard over the air upgrade. Also known as OTA update, this update involves the wireless transfer of data or software to smartphones and tablets. This automatic update is often the preferred choice for large updates like that of an operating system. Alternatively, you can opt for a manual update through the Settings menu. To check if your handset is ready for update, all you have to do is to access Settings > About Phone > System Update.
The Marshmallow version has many new features over the earlier ones, especially related to security.Once you have upgraded your Lenvo Vibe K4 Note with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can gain access to many additional features that were not available earlier.
For example, in earlier Android versions, if you did not want to allow the app to do something it asked permission for; you could not go ahead with the installation. However, things have changed with Marshmallow. You can allow or deny access for every single feature. You can allow your favorite game to access your location details but not the list of contacts in your address book. Android terms this feature as revamped app permissions.
The Google Now on Tap functionality is an innovative feature that allows you to access Google from just anywhere on your Vibe K4 Note. All you have to do to activate this is to open the built in Google app and mildly tap on ‘Yes, I’m in!’. Once the activation is done, get into Google Now and access the Settings section followed by the Voice subsection. Check the Google Now on Top checkbox and you are done. The killer highlight is that with Google Now on Top, you can save time spent on manually searching items of interest by getting the search being done automatically.
Android Pay is another feature that is new to Marshmallow. With this installed on your K4 Note, you can make secure transactions through contactless payments. You just have to unlock your handset and hold it near a contactless terminal to make your payments. This can be quite handy and eliminate the need to carry your debit/credit cards or money with you. Make use of this feature at any store near you that supports contactless payments.
Doze is an important attribute of Android Marshmallow 6.0 that can help you actually save on your battery. For the feature to work, make sure that your K4 Note is completely idle without any activity happening to it. There should not be any key press or even charging happening to the device. Also, remember not to wave your hand in front of the smartphone. If your gadget encounters such a situation continuously for quite some time, it will automatically become idle and go into Doze mode to retain the juice in your battery.
Also with Marshmallow, you can take full advantage of the Do Not Disturb feature. You can block not only all desired alarms and sounds but also those pesky call and message notifications.
The Memory Manager allows you to keeps a tab on the memory used up in your handset by giving you a detailed analysis of how much memory has been consumed by each app on your smartphone. What makes this noteworthy is that you do not need any third party app to get this feature to work. You can also see the RAM used in a span of 3, 6, 12 or a maximum of 24 hours.
In a nutshell, the Android Marshmallow 6.0 will transform your Lenovo Vibe K4 Note into a new smartphone altogether even as it retains its original features.
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