The new Android M was unveiled at Google’s annual I/O developer conference which took off on May 28. Google will allow the users to download the pre-release version of Android M and test it on their devices, while the full version will come out this fall. The new OS, which hasn’t received a codename yet, is more stable and Google focused on its usability, integrating many of the features added by the device makers to their smartphones and tablets running on Android. If you are an owner of a Nexus 5, 6, 9 or of a Nexus Player, you will be able to install Android M on your device. Here are some of the changes that have been made to the platform.
On the previous OS, the users needed to agree to all app permissions when they were installed or looking for updates. Google changed that and the users can now decide which permissions they want to allow when installing a function in an application. Now it’s easier to give permissions for camera, location, contacts and other parameters, so that when you want to do something, let’s say to send a voice message, a window will pop up, asking your permission to use the microphone.
Customizing Chrome tabs
Chrome is Google’s web browser, which is very fast and safe, but you believed its features were not enough, then a new one has been added and it allows you to include webviews within a particular app, which means that you will no longer have to switch to the Chrome browser on your mobile device. The browser will run on top of the applications and will change its color depending on the application you’re opening. This feature is available on the pre-release version of Android M.
App linking system, or Intents, allows you to open a certain web link while using the web browser or an application. Before, when receiving a Twitter link in your inbox, when clicking on it, you were asked if you want to use the Twitter app to open it, or you want to use the browser installed on your phone. The developers can add this feature within their code, to allow the users to open links within their applications.
Let’s be hones, Google Wallet wasn’t a total success, because otherwise, Google wouldn’t release a new payment system using NFC. Android Pay will be likewise Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, and to pay for goods you’re purchasing online, you will need to unlock the device and place it near an NFC terminal to make the payment. Don’t worry, the information from your card won’t be shared with the store, while you’re performing the transaction.
Support for the fingerprint sensor
Samsung included a fingerprint sensor inside its latest flagships and many other companies will add this feature to their devices, in the near future. So, Google will make standard API which will match their sensors and the users will be able to authorize Android Pay transactions, to unlock their devices etc.
Doze, the smart power-managing feature
Doze will let the system manage the background processes, so that when it detects that some services haven’t been used for a while, it will shut them down.