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Google Android M

Google unveiled Android M at Google I/O 2015, the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system. The official name will be unveiled later this year, when the OS is released.

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Android M includes six new major features and improvements, including App Permissions, Web Experience, App Links, Mobile Payments, Fingerprint Support and Power & Charging.

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Permissions are perhaps one of the most annoying parts of Android, which require constant prompts and requests; M intends to streamline this.

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Apps will now only ask for permission when you use a feature, and won't ask for everything at one time.

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The Web Experience is the experience of having a browser within an app, which has always been less polished than a proper browser.

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There's now a new feature called Chrome Custom Tabs, which enables better integration of the Chrome browser into the app.

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The Web Experience is basically having the Chrome browser running on top of your app, and also pulls in all of other features of the full browser, including saved passwords, autofill and so on.

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App Links: One of the limitations of the current system is that when a user selects a link from a system, Android doesn't know whether to show it in a Web browser or something else.

With M, links can point to a configuration file on the web server, which details the signature of the Android app.  This means you'll go to the site and it'll pop straight to the app. No more annoying pop-ups!

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With M also comes Android Pay, a new payment service that rivals Apple Pay and will be supported by major retailers...

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...and major carriers in the US.

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Android Pay can be used via the traditional unlocking pattern.

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This feature will also be incorporated with the fingerprint sensor feature.

Other than working with Android Pay, the handling of the fingerprint sensor is now standardized, allowing apps to work with it.

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The user can simply touch the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. The phone will then make a secure NFC exchange with the payment terminal, and then the payment goes through.

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Finally: improvement in Power & Charging.

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Battery life and standby time are promised to be up to 2 times longer.

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Android M will also support the new USB Type-C for charging.

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And you can also use the USB port for many different functions other than charging.

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The volume controls have been simplified.

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Google promises to make M the most polished Android release.

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