On Google’s most recent event , developers gave a sneek peek on what we can get on the next major Android version only known as M for now.
Although Android is a rival to iOS, Android is now moving into a more iOS-styled permissions , which consists that you won’t get asked about all permissions at once but , instead the app will ask for each permission on the first time you use it.
Custom Chrome Tabs
Almost all the social media apps today and many other ones have a web component that makes you jump between a browser and the app or stay on a web view embedded into the app.
Now , Chrome becomes one. It almost becomes one with the app . It launches an custom Chrome tab having the possibility to style it , add buttons just to feel like a native component of the app.
Imagine you’re on Facebook and sees a Google+ community link or even a Tweet from Twitter…
Android M now has a way to verify the request and make sure its legit. The OS will check for malicious apps and warn the user.
For years Google has been trying to implement mobile payments to work, Android Pay is the latest advancement on that. Phones equipped with NFC hardware can now stand between your credit card and the store.
The store or app that sells you a service or a product , will never have access to sensitive data about your credit card as Android Pay keeps that private.
Android M will abstract away the different kinds of sensors , giving apps with a consistent API , to make life easier for developers.
Power & Charging
One of users most concerns on a device is the battery , Google started with Project Volta to fix that , and now its making its way through with Doze.
Phones equipped with the most recent OS will use their sensors to check if the phone is just laying around doing nothing.
What Doze does is that it reduces the number of times that an app checks with the server while running on the background. The longer the Doze, the less apps check with the server. But still , phones can wake up quickly when needed.
The result below is from a Nexus 9 , the battery lasted twice as much while running Android M than running Android Lollipop.
And since Type C has two ways , bi-directional, you can even send power to another phone if you want to.
Imagine a phone that’s also a Powerbank ? Cool right ?
Google Now on Tap
Google Now is now a front facing competitor to Siri. Since it got smarter with the “on tap” functionality , Google Now has an improved natural language understanding, so you can talk to it pretty much as you would talk to a normal person. For example , a quick demo showed now on Tap in action, while a song from Skrillex was playing on the phone , the person asked ” What’s his real name?” , Googl’es knowledge graph provided the answer and Now on Tap made the connection to his meaning Skrillex.