Monday, 1 June 2015

What's New in Android M, Developer Preview & Tools

Google on Thursday at its I/O annual developers' conference announced a developer preview of the next version of Android. The next version of Android is dubbed Android M. According to Google, last year they received huge number of feedback for their first preview of the developer version. So, this year the developer preview of Android M is out. The reason behind it is to let the developers understand it and have their apps ready for the next version of Android. 

Here are some changelog that Google has introduced in Android M


Now users can control the app permission in Android M. Apps can trigger requests for permissions at runtime, in the right context, and users can choose whether to grant the permission. Users will have easy access to manage all their app permissions in settings. Now the developers needs to design their app in such a way that pops out the permission in context and account for permissions that don’t get granted. As more devices upgrade to M, app permission behavior will be a critical development flow to test.

App Links

Now the links are made easier in apps. Until now, clicking a link within an app prompted a popup message asking user to open it within the app or to open it in a Web browser. Now in Android M the developers can add an autoVerify attribute to their app manifest so that users can be linked deep into the native app without any disambiguation prompt.


Android M has come up with a new battery managing through a feature called Doze. 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. 

Now on Tap

With Now on Tap, Google can provide information within the app itself. "For example, if your friend texts you about dinner at a new restaurant, without leaving the app, you can ask Google Now for help. Using just that context, Google can find menus, reviews, help you book a table, navigate there, and deep link you into relevant apps".

Fingerprint Support

Android M will support fingerprint too. Apart from unlocking the device, the fingerprint can be used to make purchase on Google play.

Mobile Payment

"Android Pay will enable Android users to simply and securely use their Android phone to pay in stores or in thousands of Android Pay partner apps". Compatible with any device housing NFC capabilities (and running 4.4 KitKat or above), the Android Pay platform is being supported by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, as well as carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

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