Google last night announced Android M as its new Android version. The new operating system has several new features and improvements over the last year released Android Lollipop. Although it has just been released as a developer preview and many more improvements will be added later this year, we are here providing a detailed comparison to show how Android M is far better than Android Lollipop.
Android M vs Android Lollipop
Android M is Google’s eight-generation Android since its first stable release as Android 2.1 Éclair in 2009. The new operating system is designed not only to offer an improved user experience on smartphones but also to enhance usability on tablets and media players.
Google’s Senior Vice President (SVP) Sundar Pichai at his keynote during the I/O 2015 on Thursday said that Android M fixes many bugs that were found on Android Lollipop and polishes the quality to give users a better experience.
Simplified App Permissions
Unlike iOS, Android is quite infamous for app permissions as they pop up right at the time when users hit the install button on the Play Store. Google is finally on a way to make permissions customisable with an aim to make Android a strong competitor, or we can say a better alternative, against iOS. With simplified app permissions, users will now have the control of making the apps operable as per their requirement.
Apps will send permission requests when they are needed for operations, and users can modify their permissions directly from settings. By doing this, Google has made app operations faster than before and is aiming to offer users seamless app updates in future.
Native fingerprint security
As smartphones are growing across the globe and becoming more closer to our personal lives, security has been emerging as a major point of concern. Some of the popular original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Samsung and HTC already using fingerprint sensor on their flagship smartphones to offer users an advanced layer of security but Android Lollipop didn’t support fingerprint security on its core operations.
Finally, Google got a solution for that and introduced native fingerprint security support on Android M. This means that all the present and future Android devices that feature a fingerprint sensor will now be able to natively support fingerprint security right from unlocking the screen to making mobile payments. Moreover, it seems to be a similar move that Apple took with adding Touch ID support at the time of launching the iPhone 5s last year.
Fast growth of mobile technology resulting many advancements on traditional processes. One such process is mobile payments. Earlier we need credit or debit card to make mobile payments but Google and some other companies are in development to improve the experience by adding built-in mobile payments. Android Pay is the Google’s offering that comes through Android M to enable mobile payments from smartphones using their Near Field Communications (NFC) connectivity and fingerprint sensor.
Android Pay is the Google’s innovation that it designed through using resources from mobile payment company SoftCard. It was originally released in March and is now available through Android M.
Improved Volume Controls
Android Lollipop brought quick settings that were quite being praised by reviewers and users across the globe. However, it also had a unified volume controller that made it quite difficult for users to adjustment separate volume levels.
This time, Google has improved those settings and finally added simplified volume controls that let users independently adjust system volume, music volume and alarm volume.
Millions of Android users share stuff from their smartphones or tablets each single day. Google already made certain changes to improve sharing experience on Android Lollipop. But now, it has offered a new feature called Direct Share through Android M to make sharing even easier.
Direct Share provides users quick links of contacts which users can choose to easily share content to select persons at once. This new feature is available in a card-like interface and is accessible through pre-installed as well as third-party apps.
Enhanced app links
Android operating system already allowed apps to register native handle URLs but with Android M, Google is taking a step forward and enhancing app links. This makes it easier for users to switch from one app to another by tapping a link on the former one.
Google Now on tap
Google Now is among the most simplest yet powerful digital personal assistants, just like Siri and Cortana. But with the new enhancement called Now on tap, it has become the most easy-to-use personal-assistant on mobile devices.
Android M features Google Now on tap out of the box to let users find results about their queries without the leaving an active app. It activates by tap and hold gesture on the home button and provides results in a card-like interface.
So these are the new changes that makes Android M a far better and a smarter platform than Android Lollipop. The operating system is currently available as a developer preview for Google Nexus range of devices.
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