Marshmallow review of Infinix Hot 2 (Android One)

The Infinix Hot 2 is one device that has trended endlessly on MobilityArena. We’re still surprised many users have one complaint or the the other while using the phone. Funny enough, my unit has been without fault or any of those issues. It makes me wonder whether mine is a different variant. Or does it boil down to usage? Let’s leave that story for another day.

Nevertheless, the Infinix Hot 2 is an awesome device, after the long promised Marshmallow update arrived. I finally updated my unit. Most people said it didn’t come with any changes. After playing with it for a while, I already began seeing a few changes. Below is a brief summary of my Marshmallow experience on the Infinix Hot 2:

First Impressions:

After installing the update, it took a while to boot up that first time. Once it was done, the first screen asked me to set-up my SD card either as Internal or as portable storage. I’ve explained the issue of Marshmallow and your Micro SD card HERE. I plugged the phone to my laptop, and saw some new changes. There are now more options for selection when you plug the phone to a PC.


I ran to one of my favorite apps, Evernote and tried to edit some notes. After selecting text, I noticed a new menu from where one can Copy, Cut, Share and even do a quick Web search. Nice!!

Google Now-On-Tap

Another nifty new feature I noticed on the Infinix Hot 2 is the Google Now-On-Tap feature. Just hold down the home key to activate the feature. It allows users make quick searches using Google Now – and best of all, it works across all apps.

Doze/App manager/Smart Lock

Curiosity led me to Google to find out more Marshmallow features I haven’t seen yet – and this led me to Doze. Remember Greenify. This feature works a lot like it – putting apps to sleep while your phone is inactive. Doze should help save your battery life. The question is, “Does it really work?


You can now individually block apps from having unnecessary permissions. Run along to Settings > Apps > Select the App> Permissions (see screenshot above for Facebook). Digging around in Settings, I came across Smart Lock for Passwords. This feature allows Google save your passwords to your account, allowing for easy sign-in.

Marshmallow Game

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Google embedded a game into all Marshmallow devices. To play this game:

  • Go to Settings> About Phone> Tap four times on the Build number.
  • Android M logo appears, tap it again and Marshmallow logo appear.
  • Long press on the Marshmallow logo, and the game shows up.

The game is a lot like Flappy Bird, though it’s quite difficult to play.

Final words

So far so good, every other thing still looks and feels the same. I didn’t notice any marked difference in performance. The power button annoyingly takes more presses to light up the phone while on standby. The camera still retains it’s state along side every other feature. To all those still experiencing one issue or the other on their phone, visit this post HERE or drop your complains in the comments section.


Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

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