Better Control Over Permissions
The apps in Android M will now not ask for permissions while installing, but they will when you use some feature that requires a permission like as demonstrated in the I/O, if you use WhatApp, it’ll not ask when you download the app but if you want to send a voice note to someone, it will ask you the permission to use the Microphone.
Custom Chrome Tabs
Now within the apps, if you tap on a web link, it’ll not open it in that app, it’ll now be opened in a Google Chrome custom tab which will run on top of the app we clicked the link on.
Google has now simplified the process of payments, all you need is NFC in your smartphone, suppose you visited a store and liked something and that store supports Google Pay, all you gotta do is unlock your phone then tap it using NFC and pay. Easy peasy, isn’t it?
Android Pay will work in 700,000 stores in the U.S. and like Apple Pay, it can be used for in-app purchases too!
It will work on KitKat and later versions of Android.
Better Battery Life
Android M will have a new feature, Doze. It’ll smartly manage the power and will run using motion detection. If you device is put somewhere and will not move for a while, Doze will come in action and will shut all the useless apps running in the background, only alarms and very important stuff will go through.
Now On Tap
Google’s now on tap is a very advanced feature, suppose you are listening to “Skrillex” as demonstrated in the I/O, and want his real name, all you gotta do is say “OK Google” and then say “What’s his real name” and boom, you’ll get the real name of Skrillex which is “Sonny John Moore”. And suppose you got someone to bring some stuff from the grocery store and after that do the laundry, tap and hold the home button, the items listed in it will noted and you can also set the remainder of the laundry. Pretty interesting, isn’t it? Of course it is.
Unlimited Google Photos Storage
Yes, now you can store unlimited memories in Google Photos, it can store photos in the cloud up to 16MP and videos up to 1080p. If the photos exceed the resolution then they’ll be compressed but still, the photos will remain HQ and in printable form.
USB – C
Like the Chromebook Pixel and the new MacBook, Android M will also get USB – C support.
Don’t know what USB C is? OK, here’s a definition of it from PC MAG:
USB-C is the hot, new industry standard connector and cable used for connectivity and power . The USB-C connector was developed by the USB Implementers Forum, the group of companies that has developed, certified, and shepherded the USB standard. It counts over 700 companies in its membership, including Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Samsung. This is important, because it’s more likely to be accepted by the majority of PC manufacturers. Contrast this with the Apple-promoted (and developed) Lightning and MagSafe connectors, which have limited acceptance beyond Apple products.
The Most Polished And Bug Free Release Ever
As told by the hosts, Android M will be the most polished and the most bug free release ever unlike the first release of Android L.
Android M will be the best release ever. It’ll have very personalized experience, will be secure and intuitive too, and of course, Material Design will be used for all the apps and this is probably the best part we’re mostly excited about the M!
Source: Google I/O 2015