The Google I/o 2015 has opened doors in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, traditional site of the most important event of the year in the world Google. Many of you already noticed from our direct, although here it is Android M Developer Preview.
Repeating the strategy of last year, Google do not presents officially the new major update of Android in this I/o 2015, but it shows a few brushstrokes of where are the keys to improvement in a version that comes to Polish Android 5 Lollipop deficiencies and improve on its base.
Still without official cake that gives name, Android M proposes six main points of improvement It will seek a logical growth of operating system with an emphasis on the user experience:
- New permissions for Applications Manager
- Improvements in the web browsing experience
- Links between applications
- Mobile payments
- Native fingerprint authentication
- Improvements in energy management and load
The compilation Developer Preview of Android M will come these days – if not today – for some devices, Nexus, just in time to help developers understand the new version of Android and to prepare their applications for change.
Managing permissions in a more intuitive way
The first point of action that Google has wanted to work has been the confused management of permissions, a historic demand that many users paliaban with other ROMs like Cyanogen, advanced with AppOps but then forgotten for now to remove gloss to a more intuitive and consistent Manager.
Now the necessary permissions and the user must assess has been reduced to eight types, and also own applications alert which permission will be used at the moment they need it, allowing you to be the user who decides if it wants to accept it.
Obviously, these permissions are associated automatically so we don’t have to repeat them each time, but may be checked to activate them and deactivate them at all times, in a New Manager from the device settings.
We can filter permissions by applications, or directly open a permit and view all the applications that use it. The new list of permits is reduced to eight, as already mentioned: location, camera, microphone, contacts, phone, SMS, calendar and sensors.
Lashes customized for a new web experience
People of Google has thought that management that make our applications of the web links was poor, so the Custom Chrome tabs are the perfect solution so that we can interact with links and content without leaving the application used in every moment.
Users can now access web content from applications in a completely transparent way, making the web experience immersive and more useful also for the developers to implement certain elements to become.
The transitions are native and natural, as the open web will behave identically to the application and it will keep your styles palette. In fact, the Conference showed a link open since the implementation of Pinterest maintaining colors, fonts and other elements of the application.
According to Google, Chrome custom tabs also will be an improvement on logins, saved passwords, funnel fields and safety, as Chrome, the application may be one of native.
AppLinks, or how applications can now communicate with each other
So far, Android already allowed applications is enlazasen between them, although when you click an item that should be opened from another application, the OS opened a dialog box where the user should select the target application.
Android M own applications will be responsible to verify if they can open an item or perform some function I have requested another, acting accordingly to make the user experience more fluid.
AppLinks easier to open files or links, for example a link to a tweet from the browser will lead us directly to the Twitter application, although as users we will maintain control similar to the current “default options”.
Android Pay is official and native
Android M not forget of Android Pay, the new Google mobile payment system It is native from the next version of the operating system.
Android Pay will look for simplicity and security ahead of other aspects, and you will use the NFC connectivity and Host Card Emulation technology to provide a payment platform based smartphone that makes life easier to users without them on any system.
In fact, Android Pay according to Google is an open platform in which the user can choose both the Mountain View giant’s own system and any banking application that allows complete mobile payment processing.
Google announces that the operators have involved much to carry it out, and that your system will work initially on more than 700,000 shops.
Also native biometric authentication
Today it is easy to see almost all smartphones in the upper part of the Android catalog with a reader of fingerprints for biometric authentication, though their usefulness is quite limited and is reduced almost in all cases to unlock the device.
Android M fingerprint readers will be supported by the operating system’s native, doing that our fingerprint can be used to authenticate us when making purchases with Google payment system.
There will be new APIs and is working with some partners to develop applications that use the fingerprint sensor in more situations, and the standardization of fingerprint sensors are sure that it will extend the possibilities the biometric security in this sense.
USB Type-C and improvements in energy management
There is no doubt that autonomy is the great unresolved issue of smartphones today, and in this sense Google has worked to improve the efficiency of Android M in saving energy resources as much as possible in our devices.
The new energy management and control system is called “Doze”, and uses skins until now unexplored to achieve maximum efficiency: for example, detection of movement to disable apps on devices “unemployed”, without at the same time prevent the arrival of new notifications.
In addition to Doze, whereby Google aims to multiply by two the autonomy of the devices, also implements support for connectors USB 3.1 Type-C, something we all expected but no less important. In fact, this will allow even to use a device to charge the battery of another.
There is still time and ground to walk
The six main Android M keys are already on the table, although the deadlines set by Google let us in the air many more improvements that will incorporate before his coming-out.
In fact, the Conference itself refers to sections as a new system of volume control that simplify operation, improvements in Bluetooth connectivity and security against the master reset terminals, etc..
Curious also that become stressed in some improvements in the system’s clipboard of Android, especially in the copy of the text of an application to another, a much-criticized point and that all manufacturers opt to customize.
At the moment we like to see that the basis of Android Lollipop has still travel to improve, and Material Design was a success doing logical that Google has not wanted to break with a successful design lines. We will see what surprises us acidic these months until the official arrival of Android M our terminals, something that surely until end of year we will not see.