Google Announces Android M at Google I/o 2015

Google has announced the next iteration of Android in the form of Android M as it was expected at the Google I/O 2015. The OS update was announced at the keynote session of the Annual Developer’s meet of Google. Android M obviously is the working name of the oS and later on as expected, it will be given an official name which would be loosely based on a sweet dish or sweet of some sort.

Android M

Android M brings in several new features, though Sundar Pichai did confirm that with Android M, the focus at all times has been to do basic things well. This is why one of the major talking points was improvised standby battery performance as well as granular permissions to applications installed on your device. Chrome Custom Tabs is another interesting development which basically allows developers to insert web view within an application releasing the true power of Chrome so that the users do not have to switch browsers every time they want to look up a content inside app.

Intents, which is the app linking system has also been upgraded so that everytime you click on a link that could be actioned by an app, that is what would happen instead of giving the users an option. Android Pay, just like Apple Pay before that was announced as Google enters the world of cashless transactions with full throttle. Over 700,000 stores in the USA have signed up for the program already. There is native support for USB C Type as well as finger print scanners built in. The most interesting feature of Android M is without a doubt Now on Tap which basically launches a Google Search right within an app if you long press Home Key to bring up a Google Window to help you in the context of the conversation. For example, if you are talking about booking a seat for two at the nearby restaurant with your friends on Whatsapp, firing up Now on Tap will give you the reviews of the same restaurant, its address and even offer you a way to book it.

Android M developer preview is already available for Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player for developers to try out.

Source: The Verge

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