*UPDATED – September 5, 2015*
Hi! I am back after a long (REALLY LONG) time. I feel really guilty of not coming back and posting in April or May, as I had promised. (SORRY!!! ONCE AGAIN.)
But do not worry. I know many of the geeks (and non-geeks alike) are following news about Android M, the successor to Android Lollipop. The news is everywhere (not the graffiti or poster on your wall definitely 😉 ) but all over tech sites and blogs. I am able to gather all the info besides what is available for you. So what are you waiting for? Read on.
Android M Name
The names predicted for it are Marshmallow, Maltesers, Mars and Milky Way
*UPDATE* Marshmallow is the confirmed name
Android M Features
Well don’t zoom into this picture as a lot of it won’t be understandable for most people, and no descriptions to predict what all that will be. But I am expert enough to do that. Eased up some work for you, my dear readers. Read on! (And not zoom on!)
1. Unlimited photo and video storage by Google
YES! YYYEEESSSSS!!! (Sorry I got too excited.) This one is for those who love (not like) to flaunt their “cameraphones”. (And f course how could I forget teen girls and college fashionistas.)
There are conditions on this one, which apparently won’t affect most people out there. One of the conditions is that the resolution of the photo must be equal to or less than 16 megapixels. And other known one is that videos uploaded must be having equal to or less than Full HD 1080i resolution. Other conditions may be known later as I track progress of the whole thing err… the Android conferences and leaks.
2. Fingerprint sensor support
I know this one is something not many people have, but as hardware costs and companies’ greed gets lower, we will get this in the low-end phones in a few years from 2015 (for the record). And this is useful because the uniqueness of your fingerprint is yet to be matched by any other human body part (except the eye).
3. Finer app permission granting
Now it would not be a problem installing those sneaky apps as you would not have to accept all-or-nothing app permissions. For example, you install an app which ethically does not require GPS (navigation) but will use it. When this app tries to use GPS for the first time in Android M, you can allow or deny only the permission for GPS. Much like the way iOS handles permissions.
4. Doze (app standby)
Yes you people who run a thousand apps and forget closing them can be put on standby which NEARLY DOUBLES STANDBY TIME for your phone. (Remember standby only not the actual battery backup.) You can also turn it on/off for each app.
5. USB type C charging port
This one is to be introduced first into Google Nexus series, Moto flagships, HTC and Samsung flagships, since Sony has just released the Xperia Z4. LG might introduce this later on (maybe in G6). It has risen in popularity because of Apple’s new MacBook which has only one port. It helps in charging your device much faster than the microUSB and can be inserted into any way (upside or downside doesn’t matter anymore).
6. Unified app settings
While some of the per app settings may make a common user go crazy, there is this feature that truly gives you the power of customisability and simplicity together.
7. (Five GHz) 5 GHz WiFi frequency support and hosting ability
Your phone may soon be a 5 GHz hotspot instead of the 2.7 GHz frequency, or your phone will be able to connect with a 5 GHz WiFi hotspot with Android M.
8. VPN apps in settings
Gosh! This one is an iOS killer (not just iPhone killer). Google will be providing its own secure VPN tunnels for open WiFi hotspot connectivity, making sure your email/other accounts do not get hacked just because a maniac neighbour decided to hack a restaurant’s WiFi hotspot and access hundreds of Facebook accounts.
9. Google Now on tap
This one is supposed to make it a bit easier to use voice recognition with Android M.
10. BlueTooth 4.2
This one is a boon as we find ourselves using this thing 40% of the time when we share or take some file or photo with some college student/office colleague/family member. This upgrade promises a lot more easy going on the battery while increasing transfer rates by about 250%.
11. Hotspot 2.0
A tech geek could have got some clue out of number 7 discussed above, but nevertheless it’s best for every type of person to know it all clear. This upgrade into WiFi firmware promises a lot more easy going on the battery with 5 GHz support.
12. Power improvements in WiFi scanning
Your battery is really tortured through those moments scanning for WiFi signals nearby into some hotspot or hotel (or neighbour *hehe*). Now it won’t be the same. Also, your phone may not get as much heated up during this process.
13. Stylus support
Yes the grand old stylus may make a comeback with business Android devices.
14. IMAP sign-in
Okay this one is for those concerned with their official (work) email accounts. This email protocol has been seen a lot on the computer and with Android M, this will be there for your email giving you that bit of security.
15. Seamless certificate installation for Enterprise
Companies (especially the tech types) require you to be secure with your work accounts (those with which you communicate with the seniors and bosses). This will come as a boon to their IT security admins.
Are you running away from this article? Wait. The “Company” stuff is over. Now useful stuff for you.
16. Android Pay
I know (why so late mention etc.). It’s because there is so much to cover on the Android M. *PHEW!* This combined with the fingerprint security is gonna give you a lot more security, while being easy at the interface of this system’s app.
17. Battery historian 2.0
This one is gonna help those who like to find and install RAM managers onto their phones. Guess that’s enough to get the hint.
18. App link verification
Yes the apps in Google PlayStore which required connecting to other servers will now require verification for the in-app links.
19. Google Family PlayStore
There will be a seperate PlayStore for children and family. Hope that won’t make you earn a bad reputation for finding apps in the traditional PlayStore.
20. Text selection, floating clipboard
The word selection will be a lot more easier and of course, the floating clipboard is sure to give you a hint of what it is.
21. MIDI support
The music and ringtone enthusiasts (and old TV console game tune obsessed people) will love this. Every mid-range and pro keyboard (electronic piano) creates tunes in MIDI format, and a lot less MIDI to MP3 conversion will be needed with this awesome feature, though some would doubt the usefulness of this feature.
I guess I have covered more than what you want to know, and much more than what other tech sites have stumbled upon.