Android M – Everything You Wanted to Know
According to Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Products of Google, unlike Android Lollipop’s rich visual aesthetic material design, Android M is designed a no-frills “gone back to the basics” OS. Pichai claimed that Android M presents more significant improvements in usability and stability than visual aesthetics of the user interface. Google unleashed its new gem out of its sleeve at the Google I/O 2015 conference in San Francisco where David Burke, Google VP of Engineering has cited six significant Android M features – here are those six major and other notable offerings on Android M, in case you missed them.
Google has refurbished app permissions in Android M version wherein users will be given the flexibility to accept or reject individual app permissions as per their requirements. On this UI, apps will prompt a one-time permission request related to the feature users will attempt for the first time such as, use of microphone, camera etc. Therefore, users can simply accept or deny the access to features and information on the app.
#2. Browsing experience
Android M introduces this new feature Chrome Custom Tabs which will bring new opportunities to Android developers to leverage the browser’s features and functionalities. With this new feature, users can open the browser tab on top of the current app without needing to open the browser app. Thus, users benefit from a faster and easier web experience with new M.
#3. Android payment
Android Pay, the new version of Google payment system is refurbished to make it – simpler, faster and secure. This new payment system will support more than 700,000 stores using existing credit cards. This payment system will support major cards and carriers such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
#4. Biometric support
With Android M, Google will offer biometric support for fingerprint scanners on Android M based devices. The fingerprint scanner will be used in unlocking devices, purchases and transactions and using Play Store apps. With fingerprint support feature on Android M, we are going to see many phones coming with hardware components to support this feature.
#5. Charging and battery
There is a major overhaul on Android M which is expected to boost the battery power of your Droid – Google named it as ‘Doze’. This new feature will prolong the device standby time and lets you talk, chat, browse, work and play on Android phone. For this, Android will use motion detectors to trace the time when the device was not in use in order to turn off background apps and increase battery life. The Doze mode will also let you prioritize notifications to lessen alerts and improve life. Additionally, there will be another improvement called USB Type-C to accelerate the charging time and allow users connect and charge other devices using their charged Android phone.
#6. App links
Android M presents this new App Links feature to make annoying "Open with" dialogue box which pops up every time you click a link on an app a history. With App Links, Android will be able to sense which link or content to open with which app instead of poking users with the dialog box. Hence, all your Twitter content from mail or browser will open with Twitter app automatically – Whoa!
Other notable features
Other notable features of Android M worth mentioning include a new app drawer, Auto Backup and Restore for apps, the all new RAM manager, an Adoptable Storage Devices feature to manage SD memory and internal memory better, an improved Google Now, and a dark grey theme in addition to pale white theme.