Google Now on tap

 

Google Now currently learns a user’s interests and habits by analyzing search requests and scanning emails so it can automatically present helpful info, such as the schedule or results of your favorite sports team or how long it will take to get to work or home.
With the Android M, users will be able to summon Google Now to scan whatever content might be on a mobile device’s screen so it can present pertinent information about the topic of a text, a song, a video clip or an article.

 

Android Pay

 
Android Pay will be used to store major credit and debit cards in smartphones that can be used to pay merchants equipped with terminals that work with the technology. Android Pay will also work on devices running on the KitKat and Lollipop versions of Android released the past two years. 
 

Improved Privacy

Android M will be compatible with fingerprint scanners so device users can verify their identities by pressing a button instead of entering a passcode.
Google is giving users control of app permissions in the M release. Apps can trigger requests for permissions at runtime, in the right context, and users can choose whether to grant the permission.

 

Power Management

 
Google aims to make Android devices smarter about managing power through a new feature called Doze. The Doze feature will be based on motion detection. It will learn if a device has been left unattended for a while. In this state, Android will exponentially back off background activity, trading off a little bit of app freshness for longer battery life.
 

App Standby

 
When the OS detects an app hasn’t been used in a long period of time then it automatically puts it on standby, which disables its network access and suspends its syncs and jobs. When you plug in your device for charging, these apps can resume syncing in the background as usual.
 

USB Type-C

 
Google has also announced support for the USB Type-C standard in Android M. This means that users will be able to plug the new type of USB cable into a phone in any direction. For the Type-C port, a USB cable will be reversible which means both of its ends will be same and you will not be required to check if you are inserting the cable in the right way. This will also lead to faster charging.

Web Experience


Instead of requiring app developers to create their own browsers, Chrome can now run on top of apps. Previously, this created issues with password saving and logged-in sessions.
 

App links

 
Apps will talk with the OS to know which apps a link should open. If you receive, for example, a Twitter link in an email, clicking it will now open the app directly, rather than asking whether you want to open the app or the browser.
 

Direct Share

Android can now learn which apps you share content to frequently and place that at the top of the list, so if you share photos to the Facebook app a lot, it will be at the top. Direct Share also lets you share content to specific people that you contact you the most, so they are placed directly in the share sheet instead of having to hunt them in the contacts list.

Cut, Copy, Paste

With M, you now get a floating toolbar with clear cut, copy, and paste buttons, with overflow menu for additional options such as search or translate.
There will be undo-redo keyboard keys too.

 

Adoptable Storage devices


Users can now add an SD card, which will then be adopted by the system to behave like internal memory. The SD Card will be formatted and encrypted and will be seen like internal storage. You can then install apps and other data easily onto the SD cards.
 

Auto App back-up

 
Google will now perform full automatic data backup and restore for apps designed for M. The data will be in your Google account and will be synced across devices.
 
User Interface Changes
The new UI lists apps alphabetically in a vertically scrolling grid and shows most used apps at the top. There is a search button at the top as well. Even the widgets drawer has a vertically scrolling design.

Google got rid of the Google Settings app and now all the options are listed inside the main Settings app under an option called Google.

There is now an option to switch to the dark theme. It also only affects the look of the Settings app for now. Other than Light, and Dark, there is an Automatic mode that automatically switches it to dark mode at night.

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Shinendra is an avid android fan and founder of beamdroid.com. Mobile technology has been his first priority ever since. He's currently doing B.E. and As an avid android fan and writer nothing pleases him more than to write about the exciting world of Android and Gadgets. He hopes to provide the latest Android news and reviews about the products. When not making words happen on the Internet, he can be found playing guitar and surfing on cellphone.

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