What to expect from Android M
So far, the new generation of Android operating system is only known under as “M”. Despite its early stages, there is already a lot to look forward to. In this article, we bring you a list of the most interesting upcoming features.
Energy saving and USB-C
According to Google, the aim of Android M is to improve a user experience. That means we should not expect any drastic changes but rather an assortment of smaller improvements that will make our lives easier. Almost all current generation electronic devices share one common weak point – how long they last on a single charge. Google is aware of this issue and Android M will feature new algorithms for energy conservation. Depending on what time of the day it is, your phone will automatically adjust a frequency by which it synchronizes data or checks internal sensors.
This should double the total time stand-by time. That is a big promise and it will be quite interesting to see if Google can truly deliver.
USB-C is a new industry standard connector and cable used for connectivity and power. USB-C connector has no up or down orientation and that means we finally won’t have to struggle at night, potentially scratching our beloved devices. With Android M it will be possible to use a phone with USB-C connector as a power bank and maybe charge your watch or MP3 player.
Permission control and fingerprint reader
When you install an app from Google Play you have two option, you either accept all permissions and potentially give the app access to your sensitive information or don’t install the app at all. In Android M it will be newly possible to utilize the new SDK and selectively enable or disable individual permissions. You could than your desired app only for the core functionality that you need and fell safe knowing your personal information remain private.
Google also included a support for a fingerprint scanner into Android M making it certain that we can expect much more devices equipped with fingerprint scanners in the future. It will be interesting to see how various phone companies integrate this sensor into their design.
Web links will no longer mean distraction
This is something that many apps already do, but it is always welcome to see improvements system wide. I am talking about the ability to open a web link directly in the application itself without jumping into Google Chrome or any other web browser. Android will create a custom Google Chrome tab and let you browse as you would normally. The fact that the tab is an instance of Chrome means that you will have all your saved passwords and bookmarks right at hand.
With Android M Google plans to introduce their own payment solution which will utilize NFC connectivity and fingerprint scanner. Android Pay should be a sort of middle man between your credit card and the point of sale. Your data should thus be protected from potential fraud. Android Pay should work in more than 700 000 retail stores across USA.
Android Pay should also serve for in-app purchases and it is going to be supported on all Android devices with KitKat and up. The fingerprint scanner is not required and is only and optional security layer.
Even though Android M has been officially introduced it is still in a very early stages. It will be released under its proper name in Q3 2015.