Top New features in Android M
At its eighth I/O annual developer’s conference held in San Francisco, Google unveiled the next version of Android Operating system named as Android M. Google has stressed the point that the company has focused on improving the core experience of Android for users and has brought in some fundamental changes apart from fixing several bugs. Also, the company announced that a clear timeline for Android M developer preview for feedback and testing to analyse the build.
Here are the best features introduced in Android M by Google.
1) Doze Mode: A Long Battery Life is one of the most sought out feature by the users and any improvement in this area is good. The latest update has been incorporated with a new feature called Doze which is expected to make the Android devices smart in managing power. Using motion tracker, the OS determines if the device has been left unattended for a while and will limit the background activity of an app to extend battery life.
2) Now on Tap: Google Now has been a great feature on Android and it just got better with this update. By long pressing the home button, Google now pops up and it already has a good idea of the type of help needed based on your recent activity. e.g. Directions to a restaurant after chatting with a friend about hooking up.
3) Android Play: Similar to Apple and Samsung, Google has joined the league and announced its contactless system for payments. Android Play has been included in Android M and you can now make purchases with a simple tap that says “Buy with Android Pay”
4) Support for Fingerprint Scanner: Numerous devices have been supporting fingerprint scanners and this might not seem a new feature but Android M supports them natively. This means you will be able to authorise payments via Android Pay and Play Store purchases. This functionality can also be used within the apps.
5) App Permissions: One irritating thing about Android is that downloading an app requires agreeing to all the permissions requested. There has been no way to reject a few of those which you don’t accept with. All this has been put at bay with the new Android M update where you have the ability to choose the permissions you are fine with. Also, you will be able to deny a specific permission when an app requests it.
6) Enhanced Volume Control: Do Not Disturb (DND) has been included as a part of Quick settings in Android M and the volume control has also been tweaked for the best. You can now control the volume of calls, notifications and alarms with simple but effective 3 separate sliders.
7) Type C USB: This is the only hardware feature in Android M and this will support Type C USB ports. Also, you can plug it either way and it will charge your mobile 3 to 5 times faster and can even be used to charge other device.
Similar to the Android L, the new update includes an updated SDK and is expected to be available for testing on Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player Devices.