Finally, Google has announced the long-awaited Android M (next generation mobile OS) on its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. There are many new features and things you should know about the new OS for Android. Here is the highlight of Android M features.
Yes, as we expected. Google announced its next generation mobile OS, called Android M. This update doesn’t contain any major changes in UI design. However, it contains a lot of new features, it’s becoming more closer to Apple’s iOS in many aspects. The preview version has released already.
Google’s New Mobile OS Android M Top 6 New Features
All Android device with NFC support running Android KitKat and later will be able to use Android Pay. Just like Apple Pay, you can use your Android Pay in retail stores and e-commerce websites. Not sure of how many companies will support Android Pay at this point, but this feature definitely helps Android compete Apple in the long run. Google is currently working on building a mobile pay network with other companies at a rapid pace.
OS-level support for fingerprint scanners
Isn’t this one of features that Android users have been waiting for so long? There have already been Android phones with fingerprint scanners like Xperia and Galaxy for years, but Google never supported that in OS level so far today. They will finally start supporting that in OS-level like Apple’s Touch ID after 2 years. You can expect to use fingerprint scanner in many situations, like unlocking, payment, and etc. Also, this means more Android smartphones will likely have builtin fingerprint scanners.
Until now, Android apps used to ask us to accept permissions for accessing to our contact, files, camera, photos and whatever else the app needed to install. On Android M, instead of asking users for all of their permissions in a single process when they install the app, Google will now move the process to when users run an app for the first time. And instead of asking for all permissions at once, now developer can choose to ask them only when the app needs them. So a camera app may ask for camera, microphone and camera roll access right when you first launch it. This feature has been a part of iOS for years already, Google is getting inspirations from iOS to bring its user experience to the next level.
Google Now On Tap
The search engine giant is so smart in this way, Google has revealed a new contextual variant of Google Now called Google Now On Tap that provides you more information about the things you are looking at in any given app on your phone or tablet.
For example, when you are chatting with your friend on Hangout talking about the new Avengers, by simply pressing the home button for few seconds will bring us Google Now On Tap, and it shows you information about the movie, like movie schedules, nearest cinema in this case. Google understands what you are talking about, and provides you information about the things you probably need. This is definitely one of the coolest feature, I wish to have it on iOS as well.
Doze mode activates when you put your phone away for a while, we can say it’s like an improved version of familiar sleep mode. According to Google, it can save the battery life four times compared to current sleep mode. Google powers most of the device’s hardware and apps down during sleep, but there are also many apps that sends you update every few minutes, like regularly to download your email. Now, Android M will manage this and slow down the syncing rate automatically. And when you pick it up, all your information will still be in sync and show up immediately.
New Port USB type-C
Google is planning to switch its device port to USB type-C like Apple’s Macbook. Google says it’s working with device manufactures to bring USB type-C to Android. This is a definitely good news, I hope Apple would also bring USB type-C to its iPhone and iPad in the near future.