During the conference, Google I / O has introduced a new version of the operating system Android M, and immediately after the presentation of a preliminary version of the software is now available to owners of smartphones and tablets Nexus. As amended iGuides within a few days we have carefully studied the Android M and now tell all the fun, you need to know about a new version of the mobile operating system.
The first thing worth mentioning about the stability and the consequences of installing Android on M smartphones and tablets. The new firmware version – not the best choice for use as the primary operating system. At the moment, we are talking about the first beta version in which not all the claimed function, and some appeared at the stage of experimentation. All this affects the stability, performance and battery life of devices. However, the situation is much better than it was a year ago Android L, but as always, we recommend to restrict the reading of the review, and for the personal acquaintance with the new firmware should wait for more stable assemblies.
Unlike Android 5, significant changes are not very many. Google has focused on refining existing features rather than adding new ones. In particular, attention was given to the device settings and applications, energy efficiency, small changes in the interface. Be that as it may, the new version of the Android operating system will get a lot of changes to its exit awaited device owners whose producers continue to issue updates.
When you first turn on the phone after the upgrade to Android M it seems as if nothing had happened. Cosmetic changes, but they are very minor. However, the new version of the operating system still has something to boast about, for example, a new menu of applications, improved volume control, and a new approach to work with memory cards.
Home screen. Google will slightly change the animation as well as adding new wallpaper to geographical reasons.
Lock screen. Instead of launching the dialer screen lock in the lower left corner of the start button is now the voice assistant .
application menu. The application menu appeared sorting applications in alphabetical order, a separate line with the most popular applications, and interface designers have opted for single sheets with programs and games.
Google Now launcher can now remove installed applications from the home screen. the past, from the home screen you can remove application shortcuts, and for their complete removal – opens a menu with the installed programs. Now both actions are available from the home screen launcher Google Now.
Menu sheringa. Google will change the appearance of the menu sheringa, making it more comfortable. In addition, there was an option for the photo “Get link” to directly send content to the right user, bypassing third-party services.
Do Not Disturb. Enhanced Mode “Do Not Disturb” in the Android M allows you to automatically mute the sound or to choose the desired settings manually.
Improved volume control. Android 5 caused a lot of criticism because of the uncomfortable volume control system sounds. Users can now select a general level, or to reveal a pop-up menu to change the regulation of the individual signals.
Improved copying and pasting text. Google will change the functions of copying and pasting of text, making it more like a pop-up menu in the iOS.
Connection USB. The Android M have more options when connecting the device to your computer, including including mode “Charge only».
Shared keyboard. On devices with large screens can now be split virtual keyboard for easy typing with two hands. A similar function we saw in the iPad.
Google Photos. at the same time with the presentation of Android M company introduced a new application for storing, editing, and uploading photos and videos to the cloud. Google Photos are already available for devices running Android, iOS, and the Web. More about it read our review.
Memory Cards can now be used as the internal memory. If you are using microSD can now choose to use: for the media or as a main memory. In the first case, nothing will change, and the choice of the second option will be installed on card games and applications, store any data. Simply put, the built-in memory and microSD functionally become a single entity.
The new Android Recovery allows you to install updates from the memory card. Google has expanded the possibility of using a microSD card to install system updates.
Backup application data. Now, once a day application will store data in the cloud to the user when purchasing a new device could safely start using it without having to configure all over again, login and password. For more information about data backup application, read our article.
The Android M significantly changed system settings. They have become more flexible and allow you to customize the smartphone as the user wants. Authorization for access to certain features, energy saving, notifications and actions by default – the features of each application, you can now configure separately. However, all new products have one drawback. Some features are hidden away too far, so that the interface designer at Google should think about the reorganization of the system settings.
default application. Now users can choose in the system settings, which the application will be responsible for one or other actions. While in the Android M is the purpose of the browser, the application for calls and SMS.
Google Now settings are on the top level of the menu system settings. the past, that they can be accessed through shortcut in the list of installed applications, which was not very comfortable and caused confusion.
Update utility monitor memory. Users can now look in the settings mean and maximum memory usage applications . It will be useful to owners of low-cost smartphones to choose the most cost-effective applications for certain tasks.
The “Tethering” received an upgrade to version 2.0 and now supports 5 GHz. Now the data will be transferred in two frequency ranges, provided that the second device supports it at the hardware level.
Permits applications to access features. Now, when using the application will prompt the user access to one or other system functions, in addition, in the settings you can change permissions.
The ability to disable the pop-up notifications for selected applications. If you notice some applications do not need or are too intrusive , users have the ability to customize their appearance, or to disconnect.
Power Save Mode Doze can be disabled for selected applications. New Doze power saving mode will disable background Processes at the time when the device is not in use and stored at rest. However, if the user decides that this time, some applications will certainly have to work, it can be enabled in the settings.
for the future
Some of the new features already appeared in Android M, but they can only play in the settings for developers. It is not clear whether all of the above will move to the final release, but to meet with the experimental capabilities of the operating system is still interesting.
Quick settings. In the settings for developers can now enable the change icons quick access to settings. Rarely change the brightness or do not use the Bluetooth? Then, these icons can be removed from the panel, and in their place to add something more useful.
Google Play. Most of the changes in Google Play for children. For example, they will be realized comfortable age ratings, search for applications and games on your favorite heroes, improved parental controls. For everyone else, there will be personalized recommendations easier to find interesting content. Fortunately, Google Play is not part of Android, so wait for the release of the operating system is not necessary – the new features will appear as they become available.
Google Now On Tap. Virtual Assistant Google Now will be even smarter. By analogy with the update Google Play, to use this function it is not necessary to wait until Android M. However, the company has not yet opened access to Now On Tap. In short, the assistant will receive an additional shutter in the bottom of the screen on which information will be provided or proposed actions depending on the context, such as the currently running application or open a page in the browser.
App Links. Google has decided to change the approach to the use of references in the operating system. For a long time it was very uncomfortable that when a user had any link to open a browser. But now, if the developers will use the App Links, you link to YouTube will open the player, but not a page in the browser, a link to launch your favorite Twitter client, and so on. Finally, depending on the reference, which turns the user, the application will be able to interact with each other.
MW mode. Google is experimenting with a split screen mode for simultaneous operation of two applications on Android M. Is it comfortable? Show the test firmware, and then the company will decide whether to transfer this function to the experimental release version or the small screen of a smartphone is better to keep open only one application.
Chrome Custom Tabs. Also new for developers – the ability to use custom page Chrome in their applications. It works similar to the built-in browser applications for iOS and Android, but allows you to use the familiar functions. For example, Chrome Custom Tabs you can go to ssylkt in Twitter-client on a Facebook page and you will be logged in there, provided you did it in Chrome. User names, passwords, auto-complete forms and other browser data in Android M will be available everywhere.
Night mode and adapt the interface to the time of day. Night theme is popular in applications for reading books , news feeds, programs for conducting noticed. Google has decided to keep the eyes of users and add a dark theme in Android M. This feature is available in the settings and allows developers to include a night mode, or manually, depending on the time of day.
What’s New for producers
In addition to new features for users and developers, Google has made several important things for device manufacturers. In particular, now they do not need to come up with their own software solutions to support the fingerprint reader and Bluetooth-stylus. Their support is now in Android system level.
Native support for fingerprint readers. In the autumn the number of low-cost devices with increased protection of user data increases. The reason is in the appearance of their support at the system level, which reduces development costs and barriers to entry into the production of devices with fingerprint. In addition, widespread use will expand functionality – there will be more applications that will be implemented fingerprint protection.
Native support for Bluetooth-stylus. One more “hardware” argument in favor of Android M – system support active stylus that can transmit information about the power of the device is pressed, the pen is tilted, and other important things. This is hardly to be very popular, but why not.
Support USB Type-C. The third major component of the Android M in terms of components – USB Type-C. Use charging and data cable is convenient because of the balanced connection, to increase the speed of information exchange between mobile devices and PCs, and in addition, the discharge smartphone can be recharged from the capacious battery the tablet, or vice versa – depending on the situation.