Google has just announced that Android 6.0, code-named ‘Android M’ is on the charts for release soon.
Just like iOS 9, Android M’s main focus in on better optimization, performance and enhancing battery life.
So, what is the difference between Android L and Android M? Let’s have a look…
1) Google Now On Tap
- With Android M, Google Now is being given a much better role in the smartphone experience, Until Android L; Google Now was regulated as only as a dedicated feature part of the Google Apps bundle, but now Google Now on Tap takes it one step further…
- With its integration with third party apps, generation of contextual responses becomes even better and makes more sense. With a new shortcut on the home button, now on Tap becomes active within the app running. This way, any app can bring up a contextual response with the help of Google Now.
2) Android Pay
- The Apple Pay killer is hears (a new version of Google Wallet).
- Android Pay works with NFC and requires you to simply touch your phone against any payment portal having an NFC chip.
- All you need to make a payment is to touch your device and get the digital receipt. That is all! No pins, no passwords or catch phrases.
- Android Pay will come to Android Lollipop and KitKat too later on and is expected to support multiple payment gateways like MasterCard, Visa, American Express (AMEX) and Discovery.
3) Biometric Security
- Now, biometric fingerprint technology will not only be confined to Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy Note devices. Finally, there is something to rival Touch ID available on iOS.
- This security gateway has been introduced to make Android Pay more secure in order to use fingerprint verification for validation of transactions and avoiding misuse of card details.
4) USB 3.1 Type C is coming to Android!
Finally, support for this multifaceted standard cord standard is here in M! This type supports 100W of power, which means it can transfer more power to the batter with no issues of file corruption (USB 3.0 supports 4.5W).
This way, batteries can charge faster at almost 5 times the speed of USB 3.0.
Plus, these cables carry audio better since they work remarkably well with the Apple Lightning range of headphones
5) Extended Battery Life
- Lollipop introduced revolutionary battery changes, but they didn’t work as expected. So, in M, the USB Type C will take up the task of supercharging batteries with speed and safety.
- This will help increase the battery life and screen-off standby times.
- A new feature called ‘Doze’ similar to the Gravity Sensor app will use motion detection to understand that phone isn’t in use and shut off the screen and kills all unused apps in the cache.
6) The Internet of Things
- Finally, Google has jumped on the bandwagon for providing better internet by using the ‘Project Brillo’ to manufacture the Internet of Things idea with its ‘Weave’ API to make a universal platform to make a more unique identifiers for objects and living things on this planet.
- IoT will transform the way searches appear on your screen with more intuitive information and analysis than ever before.
7) Major Tweaks
Some major tweaks are what make Android M better than L. Here are some of them:
- Improved App Permissions so that you can enable permissions as and when they are required like a camera wants to click a picture.
- Chrome Custom Tabs so that you can customize your chrome installation like theme, add-ons, and auto fill data and password retrieval.
- Verified App linking so that each app is verified only once. It will not bother you again for permissions during an activity.
- Better Word Selection to help you use commands like cut, copy and paste in floating toolbars with better ease of use.
- Direct Share so that you have easy access to frequently called contacts and share them directly via linking.
- Simpler Volume Controls so that you can use the volume differently in various apps. For e.g., high volume in music apps, but the low volume of apps that give notifications.
On the design front, Android M offers a new dark theme apart from a vertical scrolling app drawer with customizable drop-down notification menu and app drawer search. Android M is going to be the best Android release ever – especially since Android L was really good at what it promised to show.