Google I/O 2015 started yesterday and a number of new things were announced in the first day. One of those is the next Android version, Android M. Android M developer preview is available at the moment but the public release will be available from Q3 2015. This falls in line with what Google had promised earlier.
Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering at Google, explained some of the new features users should expect from Android M. He went ahead to say that Android M is meant to improve user experience.
A few other things you should expect from Android M include:
- App permissions – Number of permissions decreased to 8. Apps will ask you permission the first time it tries to use a feature, rather than during installation.
- Web browsing – Chrome custom tabs lets developers include the browser in their app without having to build in webview. Users can access saved passwords, autofill, and all Chrome’s other features.
- Linking to apps – Verified links introduced which will automatically route to correct apps (e.g. Twitter links to the Twitter app) without first displaying the disambiguation dialog.
- Android pay – Standardise support for fingerprint scanners.
- Doze – Trading off “app freshness” for battery life by having Android’s background sync back off exponentially when a device has been inactive for long periods.
- USB Type C – Support for the new reversible USB plug standard, as well as the ability to act as a power/charge source.
- Word selection – Better word selection for copy and paste.
- Volume controls – You can get a drop-down to control different volume levels, and the ability to properly silence devices.