Android M – Getting Ready for Launch with Exciting Features!
Google has just given the first developer preview of Android M, the newest version of the most popular mobile OS at Google I/O conference held in San Francisco. Inspired by last year’s success, Google arranged developer preview this time to give early access to Android M so that developers can make their apps compatible to the latest version before its release.
“This time with the M Developer Preview, we will provide a clear timeline for testing and feedback plus more updates to the preview build“, says Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android.
Since it’s still in its beginning stage, we haven’t got the entire view of its new features yet. However, Google shared a few important features that will bring significant upswing in the core user experience. It also revealed that Android M is all set to make substantial changes to the fundamentals of the Android platform. Throught this post, we are trying to give you a quick look at the novel and futuristic attributes of Android M.
1. More User Control over App Permissions
Android M will give users the control of app permissions. Like in the existing versions of Android, you won’t need to answer a plethora of permission requests to install an app. Instead, apps will generate permission requests at runtime whenever they are required. Then users can decide whether to grant permission or not.
For example, if you want to share a voice message through any messenger, the permission request to access your microphone will be popped up. You can reverse the permission later, if you want. This will help you run your apps faster. Moreover, from the settings, users can manage all their app permissions and see anything the app is accessing.
2. Easy Linking between Apps
In Android M, linking between apps will be easy and fast as it will allow developers to register app to handle URLs natively. Currently, the app linking system in Android will ask users permission to open a link in a web browser or within the app. In Android M, developers can add an autoVerify feature to apps which allows users to open a link within the app without asking where a user wants to open the link.
3. Longer Battery Life
Android M has a new feature called Doze working on motion detection to manage power. If a device has been kept idle for a while, Android will reduce the power usage by backing off background activity. This ensures longer battery life. Google has done an experiment to test this feature by comparing with Android Lollipop and found that M is more energy-efficient.
4. Google Now on Tap
Android M will be smarter with the enhanced Google Now. The new feature is called Now on tap. Users can get the assistance of Now on tap whenever they need it and wherever they are on the device. Jamal Eason explains in his post, “For example, if your friend texts you about dinner at a new restaurant, without leaving the app, you can ask Google Now for help. Using just that context, Google can find menus, reviews, help you book a table, navigate there, and deep link you into relevant apps.”
5. Fingerprint Support to Android Pay
In Android M, you can use your fingerprint to confirm a purchase using Android Pay. This will augment the security of your transactions. In addition to that, you can use fingerprint to unlock devices and buy through Google Play. The new API in M enables you to add fingerprint authorization to apps and makes it available over a range of devices and sensors.
These are some of the important features of Android M that makes it distinct from the previous versions. As already said, it s in its early days. We need to wait for a while to get the complete picture. However, the news we got so far is exciting and lets hope the launch of M will be a real blast for Android fans.
Article Source, Image: Android developers blog