Google ‘s the next version of Android in the form of Android M. It will be officially arriving in Q3 this year, but the company is releasing the developer preview todayAccording to Google, Android M is its most polished version till date and it includes hundreds of improvements to offer better user experience.

There are now more than one billion Android users worldwide—a long way from when we launched the first Android phone back in 2008. And there are 4,000 unique Android devices on the market, from more than 400 manufacturers and over 500 carriers. the end of this year, 35 car models will offer Android Auto, helping you access Search, Maps, music and other information through your car’s controls. And the first sets running Android TV have now arrived.

Android Permissions

Google is allowing the Android users to control what Android apps can access on their devices. Also, instead of giving permissions at the time of installation, the users will offer the specific permissions when they are needed in the apps.

Web Experience
 Google is moving from Webview to custom Chrome tabs on Android to offer better web experience. Custom Chrome Tabs will be faster, secure and include more features like support for saved passwords, auto-fill, and web sign-in

App links:

Rather than giving you options to choose from multiple apps to open a web-link, Android M will use app and service code to identify the right app and automatically open the link in that.

Android Pay

 Google Wallet might have been a flop for the company, but Google is not done with mobile payments. The new Android Pay in Android M allows the consumers to pay using their NFC-based smartphone at supported stores. Android M also works with web-based services and can be integrated with on-board fingerprint sensor. More on Android Pay in our separate report.

Fingerprint support

Yes, Google is including the native support for fingerprint sensors in Android M. The support will enable users to unlock their devices by just using their fingerprint or authenticate purchases in apps and web-services. Third-party applications will also be able to use the sensor data using available APIs.

Power and charging

Android M will also pack several improvements on the battery and power front. The new release will come with something called “Doze,” which will use the device sensor data to identify when the device is not in use for a long time and puts the device in deeper sleep by intelligently stopping unnecessary background processes. Google claims that Doze improves the overall battery-life of the devices by almost two times. Other power-related changes include support for USB Type C and using your phone or tablet as a charger for other devices with USB Type C.


Doze is the new iteration for already familiar Project Volta. It is to improve the battery life significantly. Android is known for battery hungry mobile operating system, so it is good to hear that Google acknowledged it in major Android OS release. We are expecting to see substantial improvement to the battery this time and Google also claimed that Nexus 9 lasted twice as longer than on Lollipop, which is serious breakthrough for Google. Doze work along with various sensors in the device. It will retrieve the data from different sensors to make sure the user is not active with his/her device. If it recognizes the sleeps state, the doze will collect the data from various sensor and put the system in even deeper sleep state to save the battery

Family star new features for browsing by age and interests.

On the Apps, Games and Movies & TV homepages, you can now tap the Family button to browse our new family-friendly experiences. On the Books homepage, tap the Children’s Books button. Since toddlers and tweens have different interests and abilities, these pages let you browse by age range to find content that’s the best fit for your family.  Barbie and other kids and family brands are some of the most popular searches on Google Play. To help you browse Google Play content around a favorite character, we’ve created special pages featuring dozens of top characters from across the globe, like PBS KIDS, Pororo and Peppa Pig. From the Play store app, take a tour through all of our popular characters to find apps, movies, books and more from your family’s favorites.

Google Photos

Google introduced the all new Google photos Google Photos gives you a single, private place to keep a lifetime of memories, and access them from any device. They’re automatically backed up and synced, so you can have peace of mind that your photos are safe, available across all your devices.Google Photos automatically organizes your memories by the people, places, and things that matter. With Google Photos, you have the choice to share your photos and videos however you want across any service you choose, from Hangouts to Twitter to WhatsApp. 

Inbox by Gmail

Inbox by gmail was launched in last october was available on invite now it will be available for everyone with updated feature
  • With Undo Send—now for the first time on your phone—you can take back an email right after sending in case you spotted a mistake, or have second thoughts
  • If you’d rather get rid of messages, you can make ‘Delete’ the default swiping action
  • If you want to personalize your sent messages, you can now add a custom signature
  • When you create Reminders in Keep, they’ll now appear in Inbox
  • When someone emails you a to-do, Inbox might suggest adding a Reminder so you don’t forget
  • When you get an email from HotelTonight or Eat24, you can now open your reservations and food orders within their app, directly from Inbox

Now on tap
In Android M, tap & hold the home button for help from Google, no matter what you’re doing on your phone“Now on tap,” you can simply tap and hold the home button for assistance without having to leave what you’re doing—whether you’re in an app or on a website. For example, if a friend emails you about seeing the new movie Tomorrowland, you can invoke Google Now without leaving your app, to quickly see the ratings, watch a trailer, or even buy tickets—then get right back to what you were doing. 

If you’re chatting with a friend about where to get dinner, Google can bring you quick info about the place your friend recommends. You’ll also see other apps on your phone, like OpenTable or Yelp, so you can easily make a reservation, read reviews or check out the menu. When you tap and hold the home button, Google gives you options that are a best guess of what might be helpful to you in the moment. But if you need something specific, you can also get Google to help by saying “Ok Google” from any screen, and any app. For example, if you’re listening to Twenty One Pilots on Spotify, you can say “Ok Google, who’s the lead singer” and get your answer right away. 
Project Brilo
Google announces Project Brilo, which Pichai says is an underlying operating system for the Internet of Things. Brillo is based on the lower levels of Android, you can choose from a wide range of hardware platforms and silicon vendors.To make use and interconnect the IoT ecosystem, Google also announces WEAVE, which is an API framework meant to standardize communications between all these devices.

Google plans to release the developer preview of Project Brillo in Q3 while the WEAVE API standard is supposed to see its publication in Q4 later in the year.

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