Last night Google gave us a glimpse of the next version of Android at its annual I/O event. As with every major OS release at a developer event, Google executives waxed about things app developers will be able to use as well as many cosmetic features that will make it easy for users to share and consume content. While we have already taken a look at most of the new features, here are the three key features, which I believe will really matter to Android smartphone users. Also Read - Googlers flood social media with photos of Android Marshmallow statue outside Building 44Also Read - Google announces Android M will be called Marshmallow
Battery Life: One of the biggest pain points of Android smartphones has been battery life. While Android has one of the best multitasking capabilities with apps running in the background getting constantly refreshed so users get the latest update whenever they go back to it, it is also a major battery drain. How often does it happen that you wake up to realize your smartphone battery drained by 20 percent or more while you were asleep? Also Read - Samsung reveals new Android M features in upcoming software update
Android M will fix that by using a feature called Doze. It will monitor how often you use certain apps and even put apps running in the background to sleep when it notices the phone is not in used. It will refresh them either when you start using the phone or when it is put on charging. Google claims it could double the standby time.
Another thing that Android M would bring is support USB Type-C. Devices with a USB Type-C connector would see charging times getting faster.
Personal Data Security: Why should a flashlight app need to know your location, your personal data and even access to your text messages? Ideally, all it should need is access to the LED light, but it still requires all those permissions because that’s how the developer of the free app would end up making money. (Remember, nothing comes for free.) Your location and other personal data is usually used to serve contextual ads. Worst case scenario, the database is sold off to others who would want you to send spam messages.
Google had earlier cracked down on app makers for asking irrelevant permissions and it even made it easy for users to first see what access the app would get before they download it. However, these permissions are very similar to terms and conditions on which we readily click agree without reading before signing up for every service.
This will change with Android M and its granular app permissions. Users will be able to review the access any app has at any point.If you happen to use an Android smartphone with a fingerprint sensor, you would also be able to lock individual apps
Offline Mode: Another area which will be of major importance, especially to Indian users, is the increased support for offline mode. With Android M users will be able to use Google Maps with turn-by-turn voice prompts. Even Chrome browser will enable users to save webpages for offline browsing without an Internet connection. Earlier, Google had launched an offline mode for YouTube as well.