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10 amazing features to look out for in the new Android M

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

 

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Android M:

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

hours.

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

masses.

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.


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