Android M in making…..


If L dropped down a lollipop, will M drop down Multifunctional Macaroons?
by Sneha Udasi

Android M a new os in its developer mode for droid Devices. The next thing after lollipop is Android M. With multiple features it definitely promises another war of the OS.


The Android M developer preview was recently launched at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco. At the conference, Google senior VP of Products Sundar Pichai said the company had “gone back to basics” with this new launching version of Android. While Android Lollipop introduced a new visual aesthetic, Android M brings some muchneeded stability and usability improvements which might not be as eye-catching, but may prove to be significant additions for a while to come.

Time Line:
The M Developer Preview runs from back in May 28 until the final Android M SDK, which will be release shortly before the public release during 2015. At key development milestones, delivering updates for test devices. The tentative milestones achieved and to be achieved are as follows:

  • Preview 1 (initial Preview release, late May)
  • Preview 2 (late June/early July)
  • Preview 3 (near final, late July)
  • Compatible Devices For Testing:

    Currently the os is ready to be tested on Nexus 5,6,9 and player Tv.

  • Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” device system image
  • Nexus 6 device system image
  • Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) device system image
  • Nexus Player (Android TV) device system image
  • How and why is it better than Lollipop OS:

    Every new development is made to overhaul the previous version, but as Android M is still taking its baby steps it’s hard to say if it will or won’t excite its droid users. But so far, looking at the history of evolved OS Android has never disappointed us in giving a good snack update, starting from Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean Kit–Kat, Lollipop… I have a feeling the Droid developers have blotted up enough and are on a techy diet to name their new OS Android M. It won’t take us by surprise if at any minute now they decide to make it Mulberry or Blueberry.

    It’s so far observed features are:

    1. Permissions:

    First up, app permissions. As had previously been speculated, app permissions have been overhauled in Android M, with users now being able to choose to accept or deny individual permissions as they see fit. Permissions have also been simplified.

    2. Web experience:

    Google has been exploring trends in the way web content is consumed to provide a better user-experience when interacting with websites and apps.

    “Chrome Custom Tabs is a new feature that gives developers a way to harness all of Chrome’s capabilities, while still keeping control of the look and feel of the experience,” was said Mr.Burke at the conference.

    Chrome Custom Tabs will allow apps 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 the web.

    3. Fingerprint support:

    Google will “standardize support” for fingerprint scanners on phones running Android M. The new functionality will allow fingerprint scanners to be used not only to unlock phones, but to make purchases shopping in real-life or within Play Store apps.

    Of course, your device will need a hardware fingerprint scanner to begin with, but with Google’s full support, expect to see these appear on many more devices in the future.

    4. Mobile payments:

    Android Pay is Google’s new mobile payments system designed to make the checkout process easier and faster. Google is aiming to provide “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 state.

    5. App links:

    App links are being changed in M so that Android has a greater awareness of which apps can open content directly, instead of stopping users every time with the dialog box. If you tap a Twitter link in an email, for example, the Twitter app will open automatically instead of prompting you to ask if you want to use Twitter to view it.

    This is almost a blink-and-you’llmiss- it improvement, but it’s representative of Google’s attention to detail: Android M is probably going to feel more usable without the user ever understanding why.

    6. Power and charging:

    Android M makes use of a new function known as Doze to improve device standby time. By using motion detectors, Android will recognize when devices haven’t been interacted with for a while, such as when a person is asleep or a device has been left on a table, to reduce background processes.

    Android’s new OS has been unveiled as the Android M developer preview for Nexus devices, but which other devices will get it and when? The answer to these questions is what we are waiting for. I guess in our next you we can update you about when devices from Samsung, Sony, Google and more will get the latest Android update.