A while ago I wrote a post about Android M, before Google I/O 2015. And now Google has released the Android M developer’s preview. Basically Android M is an upgrade for Android 5.0, with more features, which I shall write about today.
In summary Android M has brought these features:
1. App permissions, for those who wants to be in control of your phones.
There is not much to say about this, but basically this will let you allow apps for permission to say “see your contacts” or “check your pictures”. You can allow apps and prevent apps by turning of the specific permission. Pretty neat right?
2. Google Chrome
Now Google Chrome has a feature called “custom chrome tab”. Chrome Custom Tabs will allow apps to open a customized Chrome window on top of the active app, instead of launching the Chrome app separately. This will provide a faster and more intuitive user-experience when navigating between apps and the web.
3. Look out Apple here comes Fingerprint Support & Android Pay
Google will “standardize support” for fingerprint scanners on phones running Android M. The new functionality will allow fingerprint scanners to be used not only to unlock phones, but to make purchases shopping in real-life or within Play Store apps.
In Android pay, Google will use your existing credit cards to pay for products in more than 700,000 stores in the US. I don’t know about other countries like UK, or Australia but if this is a thing. I’m sure Google will work on making this feature available on other countries.
4. App Links
This is basically a smarter way to open links. Let’s say you’re rollin’ on Chrome and you saw a Twitter ID. And you wanted to follow the ID from the Twitter app, but when you pressed the link the “open with” dialog box would open, and it’s somehow annoying. Is there any way to solve this? Say no more. Google has a solution. And that is smarter ways to DEAL WITH links. So in Android M, you won’t need to do that, because IF Twitter app is already there, it will open the page via the Twitter app.
5. Power & Charging.
Ever since the release of Android 5.0, may folks complained that the battery life isn’t that good. EVEN THOUGHT it had a big *** battery. But after Android 5.0. Android introduced us to an efficient battery saving mode. Which saves a lot of power, I mean really! It does it’s thang.
And now Android has introduced a dope function called Doze. Doze improves the standby time by the use of motion detectors, Android will recognize when devices haven’t been interacted with for a while, such as when a person is asleep or a device has been left on a table, to reduce background processes.
But wait! There is more. Android M also supports USB Type-C which provides faster charging, and lets users charge other devices with their phone.
6. RAM Manager
The RAM Manager will show you information of your RAM. How much it’s free, how much it’s cached stuff and how much is used by your apps.
The menu can be found in Settings > Apps > Options (three dots button) > Advanced > Memory.
7. Google Now
Google now has some new upgrades, focusing on three key ares: being aware of different contexts, providing answers and helping you take action, Google Now is now smarter than ever.
Google Now is also rolling out new feature called ”Now on Tap” with 100 popular apps. This provides Google Now-like content while you’re using an app . It’s basically Google Now with apps. Say you’re in Spotify playing a song by Madeon and you can use Google Now Voice and say “What’s his name?” Google will be able to answer your question. I Personally think this is a very productive feature, which also give Android a point on multitasking.
8. New Looks
There isn’t a HUGE update when it comes to how Android M looks, it still has the Material Design, smooth animations, vibrant colours, etc. But it does have some little changes that you will love. In Android M, you can now pick the dark theme or the light theme.
Android M also has a new app drawer, which now can be scrolled vertically like in the HTC Sense UI.
The app drawer also has alphabetical letters like in Android 5.0 contacts app so that you can easily open your apps.
9. Adoptable Storage Devices
In Android M you can merge your SD card storage or a USB storage and formats it like an internal storage. This means that you can now move files freely from storage to your “adopted” storage with ease.
10. Google Photos
Google has introduces the Google Photos, which was formerly the Google+ Photos. But now Google+ Photos has become independent as your new photo managing app. Now Google Photos or (photos.google.com) gives you the change to upload all your photos to the Google Cloud Storage with unlimited numbers for FREE! The Google Photos service stores high-quality compressed versions of your photos and movies but doesn’t store anything on your device, so you can search through thousands of photos at high speed and without bogging your device down with gigabytes of photos. And if you are not familiar with how Google Photos work, you can learn how to use it. Gizmodo has the answers.
Well that’s pretty much everything new in Android M which Google has announced. If you are a nexus user, you can give the new Android M developer’s preview a try from this link here.