Next big thing for Android is the expected Android M. The Google I/O 2015 event started off with an exciting news about the next release of Android. For now, its called only as Android M, the name of which will be revealed when Google starts plans of releasing it to the public later this year.
In Google’s words, “the central theme of M is on improving the core user experience of Android. Our focus is on product excellence. Everything from squashing thousands of bugs to rethinking fundamental aspects of how the platform has worked for years”. The six key areas, which Google says, will improve user experience in M include selective app permissions and Android Pay.
Selective app permissions would be what every user wants. With this feature, user has the power of choosing which permissions he has to grant to the respective app he is installing on his Android device. Instead of asking for permissions right before the user begins to use the app, the apps will now ask for permissions only when a particular feature in it needs the access to any feature of the device. Also, the app permissions in M will be categorized which makes it easy for the user to have a clear idea of what he/she is granting the app with. The other great thing would be the capability of being able to modify already granted or denies permissions to the app.
Then there is new web experience with apps, which allows integration of data in Chrome with apps. With features like auto-sign-in and auto fill, the navigation between the app and the browser back and forth is said to be effortless with the help of a new feature of “Chrome Custom Tabs“.
Next feature explained is the App linking feature which is pretty much self-explanatory. This feature allows exchange of data between apps. As an example, Dave Burke of Google showed a twitter link emailed to his device and when tapped on it, instead of going to the web browser, the link opens itself directly in the twitter app.
Android Pay, which takes the help of NFC, just lets users use only their Android Phones to pay wherever they find the Android Pay logo or NFC logo or in many Android pay partner apps. All it needs the user is to unlock their phone, place it front of the the NFC terminal and “voila!”, you just paid your bill. No app openings of any apps required. A virtual account number is created when the user adds a card to use through Android pay, and without sharing the actual the card number, this virtual account number is used to make the payment.
Android Pay will work on devices running Android running 4.4 Kitkat and higher, but it seems that it would be getting even better with Android M as smartphone manufacturers have been including fingerprint sensors with the help of which users can make payments through Android Pay. Android M also allows users to unlock their devices using a fingerprint, provided those devices have a sensor.
Android M comes with a new power management feature called “Doze“. With M on the Android device, through motion detection, the device learns if it is unattended and inactive for an extended period of time and reduced background app activity which results in extending the battery life. When tested on two Nexus 9 devices, this feature made the N9 with Android M installed in it to last twice as long in standby as the N9 with Lollipop installed in it.
Apart from these major features, M comes with many “hundreds of” improvements, and the developer preview will be released today for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.
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