Since Google rolled out Android 5.0 “Lollipop” on November 3,2014, a lot of Android
phone users were excited to get the update while many others have also reported
plenty of issues from minor inconveniences to major headaches. Among the most
common major issues are poor battery life, sluggish charging and poor performance.
Good news: Google has revealed the next version of Android OS dubbed Android M
which internally goes by the name Macadamia nut Cookie but we hope it’s just the
development name and that Google will go for something short and more catchy when
it rolls out.
The successor to Android Lollipop was unveiled at Google I/O in San Francisco on May
28, this year and these are 10 amazing things you need to know about the new
1. Improve Battery Life: The new Android M comes with a new feature Doze. By the
use of motion detectors, Doze is activated when phone is unplugged and stationary.It
works by putting apps in a deep sleep status, thereby preventing them from accessing
the network and sync functionality among other things. With Doze enabled, an
Android can last for 533 hours on standby while previous versions will last only 200
2. App Permissions: Android M is introducing a redesigned permission model and there
are now only eight permission categories. Applications are no longer automatically
granted all of their specified permissions at installation time and 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, such as accessing the camera or microphone. You
don’t have to agree to permissions that don’t make sense to you and it gives you the
power to control information some apps can access.
3. Web experience: Chrome is leaner and faster than before and it supports offline
modes.Android M also comes with a new feature Chrome customs tab that gives
developers a way to harness all of Chrome’s capabilities while still keeping control of
the look and feel of the experience. It allows app to open a customized Chrome
window on top of the active app instead of launching the Chrome app separately.This
will provide a faster and more intuitive user experience when navigating between
apps and web.
4. Fingerprint Support: Google will “standardize support” for fingerprint scanner on
phones and enable users to make purchase shopping in real life or within play store
apps.All the same, you will still need a hardware fingerprint scanner.
5. Adoptable storage devices: Android M essentially takes an external storage source
such as an SD card or USB drive and formats it like an internal storage space. This
means that app and personal data can be moved freely between a device’s internal
storage and its adopted storage source.As good as saying it borrows external memory
and treats as inbuilt.
6. App link: App links are been changed in M so that Android has greater awareness of
which apps can open content directly, instead of stopping users overtime with a dialog
box.This feature is easily missed but quite relevant.
7. Mobile Payment: Simplicity, security and choice with Android Pay allowing you to
use your existing Credit cards to pay for products in more than 700,000 stores in the
US. Supported by American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover as well as carriers
such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
8. Improved Google Now: Android M comes with an improved Google Now with
different context and better ways of providing answers.It also helps you to take
action.This means that Google Now is smarter.
9. New Visual Graphics: Android M has new visual graphics that will appeal to the
10. Power and charging: Android M supports USB type C which provides a faster
charging and also lets users charge other devices with their phone.