Tech Tuesday: Android M


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That’s right, most newer android tech is only just now getting updated Lollipop builds and those wacky kids at Google have invented yet another new OS for everyone to bemoan, Android M.

There isn’t an official gimmicky name yet, but I’ve seen Marshmallow, M&M and Muffin. Even Macadamia Nut Cookie. Everyone loves a good name.

There are abundant rumors on what M will bring and there are some doozies. The ones I’m looking forward to is RAM Management and battery saver. http://www.soyacincau.com/ did this little test on the Ever-Favored Nexus devices:

The result? after 8 hours in standby the Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 consumed just 4% of battery as opposed to the Nexus 5 with Android M which only consumed 1.5% battery. After 24 hours the Nexus with Lollipop had eaten through 12% of its battery while the Android M device had only consumed 4.5% of power during the same duration. After an additional 24 hours the Android 5.1.1 device had chewed its way through 24% battery while the Android M Nexus 5 had taken just 9%. In total the Lollipop device was projected to last for about 200 hours on standby while the latter was projected to last more than double of that at 533 hours on standby.

Holy canoli! Double battery life? Just that alone gets me excited. My Note Edge will be better.

http://www.gottabemobile.com brings us this video gem:

Then www.androidpit.com brings us some basic update news:

1. App 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,” said Burke.

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.

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 US.

5. App links

“When a user selects a weblink from somewhere, Android doesn’t know whether to show it in a web-browser, or some other app that claims support for the link,” this was the problem facing the Google developers before Android M.

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.

 

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