As expected, Google launched the developer preview of the new version of its operating system, Android M in the Keynote of this year’s I/O conference. Unveiling Android M, Google’s Vice President Engineering (Android), Dave Burke said that there are 6 key features which this latest version of Android is going to bring. Let us take a look on these 6 features.
With Android M, users will get more controls over their privacy. You will not have to grant permission for access to the features of your phone when you install any app.Instead of that the app will sought your permission when it uses any feature for the first time. Also you can revoke any permission you have given to an app. This also gives you the facility to see how many apps have permission to use a particular app.
2. Web Experience
Google is bringing Chrome custom tabs for Android. If you are using an app and if it has to direct you to some website for some content then you will not have to switch to your web browser for this. Chrome custom tabs allows you to launch an in-app tab right over your app without having to minimize it. Besides that, the opened tab will have the same colours as the app you were using just to make it look like a part of that app only.
3. App Links
App links will allow users to open a link directly into the app associated with the link. Until now , clicking a link brings up a dialog box, asking which app should be used to open the link. Suppose if you click on a verified link of Twitter then it will directly take you to the Twitter app on your phone, without asking anything to you.
4. Mobile Payments
This will let you make any payment quickly, just with a tap using NFC. Google took a giant step forward from Google Wallet, making mobile payment easy and hassle free.
5. Fingerprint Support
Google has finally brought support for fingerprint scanning. Although fingerprint authentication was already used by some phones, but they had to implement it by themselves. Google’s support to this will bring more devices with fingerprint scanner and it will make mobile payment way more easier and safer.
6. Power Charging
Google has brought two new features to improve power management and quick charging.
- Doze: Now Android will use motion sensors to detect if your phone has been left unattended or is in sleep for a long time and it will decrease the battery usages and thus increases the battery life. When in doze, your phone will allow only alarms, calls and urgent notifications to wake your phone up.
- USB Type C: This one is a hardware improvement. In future Android devices will use USB type C as their USB port. This charges your device 3-5 times faster than the current USB charger. USB plugs are going to be symmetrical so you won’t have to worry about finding the right direction to plug your charger. Apart from that you will get a dialog box to choose for what purpose you want to use your USB cable, whether it is for charging or connecting to other devices or for transferring data.
Besides these 6 major features of Android M, there are some other features as well.
- Easy to select and copy text with a floating menu.
- Easy Sharing. It will give more priority to the people you mostly share data with.
- Simplified Volume controls. There will be separate controls for different volume options.
Android M will not arrive until the end of this year. Developer Preview has already been made available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Play.