Google's new Android M Developer Preview is Now Available for download (on Nexus 5, 6, 9 only) for devs to start optimizing their apps to make them fully ready for launch when Android M launches on retail devices at the end of Q3 2015, and while we're all busy flashing the build to our Nexus devices, we noticed Google gives a very detailed break-down of all the new features in Android M.
Apart from the 6 key improvements in Android M - app permissions, web experience, app links, mobile payments, fingerprint support, and power and charging - there is a lot of interesting stuff that Google just couldn't show at the event, or it would have become a marathon for the viewers.
Android M Full Change-log#1: Easy word selection and floating clipboard toolbar
"Finally," someone in the crowd at Google I/O shouted when software head David Burke announced that Android M brings improved word selection and a new clipboard toolbar. Currently, you have a bar of obscure icons at the top when selecting text and that is changing to a floating window that appears alongside your selection (a much more logical place) and features clear and concise buttons rather than obscure icons: 'cut', 'copy', and 'paste' is what the buttons say. Word selection is now also improved as you can select jumping word by word, or character by character.
#2: Fingerprint sensor support
Finally, Google is building a standard API for fingerprint support that - it seems - apps can make use of, and it will be a unified way for phone manufacturers to encode support for fingerprint scanners, knowing that they are compatible with the new Android Pay NFC-based system.
#3: Direct Share
Sharing on Android is by far the best of any mobile operating system, but it's still far from perfect. When you have a bunch of apps installed, you end up with a huge list of sharing options that is extremely frustrating to operate. Direct Share in Android M fixes that by prioritizing and putting first the options that you use the most and that are the most logical for that particular item.
Doze is a deeper state of sleep, especially useful for Android devices like tablets that spend a lot of time laying idle on a night stand, only to be picked up at night. By hybernating apps and allowing only for alarms and priority notifications to stay awake, Android M brings significant improvements to standby battery life, extending it up to twice on a Nexus 9 unit that Google tested.
#5: Simplified volume controls
If it ain't broken, don't fix it. Google, however, did try to fix the non-broken volume controls in KitKat, and that resulted in an outcry from users frustrated with volume controls in Android 5 Lollipop. So, it was time to fix what has been fixed: volume controls are now again granular, with separate control for ringer volume, alarm volume, and media volume. Finally!
#6: Google Now 'On Tap'
Google Now is getting contextually aware in Android M. What does that mean? With the new Google Now 'On Tap' feature, your voice searches will be recognized contextually within an app. Say, you have the music player on, you can fire up voice search and ask something like "what year was this recorded?", and the search will understand that 'this' refers to the song. Neat!
#7: Auto backup for apps (link to Android developers)
The Android system in M will automatically make a full data backup and restore for apps. This is something that is done for apps targeting M by default, with no need for developers to code in anything. If users delete their Google accounts, their backup data is deleted as well. Automatic backups happen every 24 hours, when the device is idle, charging, AND connected to a Wi-Fi network. This way, when you upgrade to a new device, or wipe clean a device, you can restore easily and pain-free.
#8: Contextual assist framework
#9: Secure token storage APIs
#10: Setup wizard: IMAP sign-in
#11: App Standby
#12: Flex storage
Important new Android M features
1- Data Usage API for work profiles
2- Bluetooth SAP
3- Voice interaction service
4- App link verification
5- Text selection actions
6- Unified app settings view
7- Corporate owned single use device support
8- Improved trusted face reliability
9- New runtime permissions
10- Google Now Launcher app suggestions
12- 5GHz portable Wi-Fi hotspot
13- Seven additional languages
Less important new Android M features
1- Work contacts in personal contexts
2- Hotspot 2.0
3- VPN apps in settings
4- Duplex Printing
5- Seamless certificate installation for Enterprise
6- Undo/Redo keyboard shortcuts
7- Do Not Disturb automatic rules
8- Material design support library
9- Android Pay
10- USB Type C charging
11- Battery historian v2
12- BT 4.2
13- Improved bluetooth low-energy scanning
14- Improved text hyphenation & justification
15- Improved diagnostics in systrace
16- IT admin acceptance of OTAs
17- Chrome custom tabs
18- UI Toolkit
19- Enterprise factory reset protection
20- Do not disturb quick settings and repeat caller prioritization
21- Improved text layout performance
22- Alphabetic app list with search
23- Stylus support
24- UI toolkit performance improvements
25- Unified Google settings and device settings
26- Work status notifications
27- MIDI support
28- Bluetooth connectivity for device provisioning
29- Power improvements in Wi-Fi scanning
30- Data binding support library Beta
31- Delegated certificate installation
Android M Screenshots
Photos via SoftPedia
We already had a look at Samsung's upcoming Lollipop ROM that packs a New version for TouchWiz UI with a themes App that can change the color, wallpaper, icons and style of the whole User interface. Today, we get even a closer look with more leaked screenshots of the TouchWiz Themes App.
Themes allow users to change the appearance of the UI background, wallpaper, icons, ringtones, fonts and colors and are nothing new really. Sony has had a great theme engine for some time now and so do lots of makers. It's good to see Samsung hop on board as well.
The images show the new Themes option in the homescreen edit section along with a settings menu entry and the themes pictured in better detail. The leak features the Samsung basic, the Natural, Craft, one we can't see and Sweet.
The OPPO Reno mobile features a 6.4" (16.26 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and operates on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system out of the box. The Oppo Reno is powered by Octa core (2.2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 360) processing chip. It comes with 8 GB of RAM. Although to keep running such a large display it has 3765mAh which doesn't seem enough. The screen to body rato is 56.23% and has AMOLED display.
The key selling point of Oppo Reno is its photography ability. It has tried to remove the limit the optical zoom in mobile phone. A 48MP ultra-clear main camera, 13MP telephoto lens and 8MP wide-angle lens make up the Reno 10x Zoom tri-lens setup. Because of these three lenses with different focal ranges, this achieves a full bandwidth of 16-160mm, an effective focal length 10 times that of an ultra-wide-angle lens. The tri-camera setup complemented by dual OIS for ensuring stability even when fully zoomed on hand-held operation. It has Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor supporting a resolution of 8000 x 6000 Pixels and the front snapper is powered by a Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor. Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer.
Oppo Reno is powered by a Sony IMX 586 48MP ultra-clear camera. Its 1/2.0'' ultra-large sensors and f/1.7 ultra-large aperture along with MFNR and HDR software algorithms, which protects pictures from getting over-exposed and create stunning details even in low-light. Due to AI portrait optimization for night photography the device can differentiate between subject and its background at night, ensuring a professional photo. For security it has on screen fingerprint sensor. The phone comes with fast charging and it supports dual SIM, GSM, Dual VoLTE, The device is available in Jet Black, and ocean green. For graphics, it uses a Adreno 616 GPU which helps to make video games run smoothly. For network connectivity it has Wi-Fi, Blutooth, USB, and GPS.
Today, We got a closer Exclusive look at Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update. Lollipop will hit the unlocked Galaxy S5 devices this December. A new Hands-on video shows us the new UI and features of the update is now live on YouTube, TouchWiz UX will get a Material make over the same as HTC Sense 7.0 UI. Check out the Screenshots from the latest Lollipop test build.
The overall look is pretty similar to what we saw last time, but there have been a number of new features and tweaks added to the build. Including: a new Note 4 style fingerprint lockscreen, a search bar in the recents menu, and some smooth new animations. Some apps have been tweaked too, there is a new filter options in the Gallery app, an improved UI for music and a new search box for contracts.
Material Design app colors also make their way into the status bar and Samsung has given everything the once over with its signature blue Touchwiz color scheme. The video shows all you need, Watch it below!