Android M: Key Features & Updates

images (2)on Thursday at its eighth I/O annual developers conference, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, revealed the next version of Android operating system dubbed Android M.

The official name of the new OS version will only be revealed at the time of the next Nexus device launch, expected in October (2015). Google also stressed that for Android M, the company has focused on improving the core experience of Android and has made some changes to the fundamentals of the platform apart from fixing bugs.

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New Features:
App Permissions
One of the biggest additions that Android M brings to the Android platform is the revamped app permissions. An opt-in system is now used, in which users are prompted to grant or deny individual permissions to an application when they are needed.

Now on Tap
With Android M, Google Now gets a major revamp with the Now on Tap feature. It brings a major overhaul to how Google can provide contextual information within an app itself. It works within any app and automatically searches the context present on the screen by just long pressing the home button.

Fingerprint Recognition
Android “M” provides native support for fingerprint recognition, allowing the use of fingerprints for unlocking devices and authenticating Play Store and Android Pay purchases; a standard API is also available for implementing fingerprint-based authentication in other applications.

Chrome Custom Tabs
Instead of embedding a Web view in an app, developers can enable a Google Chrome overlay on top of the active app.

Mobile Payments
Google was rumoured to be working on its new Android Pay mobile payment system for a long time and the company made it official at the I/O conference. Android Pay will allow users to pay via their Android smartphones in stores or even in Android Pay partner apps using NFC. The new system will securely store details of credit cards, loyalty cards, and other payment-related data on the device.

Power Management
A new feature called Doze is introduced. The company believes that the new feature will make Android devices smart about managing power. With Android M release, the OS will realise via tracking motion detection whether the device has been left unattended for a while. Android will limit or back off background activity of an app with the purpose of extending battery life.

Adoptable Storage Devices
This feature will treat external storage devices such as SD cards as internal. In order to do this, Google wants you to format your microSD card adding encryption which will make it only work on your device.

What do you think “M” stands for? Milkshake? Marshmallow? Mango? or M & Ms?
Leave your choice as comments below!

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Bhavika Banwari

A tech connoisseur from India, Bhavika studies Software Engineering. An ardent Android fan, diehard gamer, Bhavika on Androidios will be bringing you the latest Android news and reviews from the front line.

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