Google releases Android M Developer Preview which improves core user experience


Google recently released its Android M Developer Preview. The new platform improves user experience by offering improved timelines for testing and changes across the fundamentals of the platform.

Google launches the Android M Developer platform

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Top features of Android M include:

  • App Permissions: Android M gives users greater control over app permissions allowing for enhanced privacy settings, whilst prompting developers for permissions in context
  • App Links: Developers can now add AutoVerify to their apps to that end users can be deep-linked into an app without a disambiguation prompt
  • Battery: Having its own motion detection mechanism means, that Android M powers off any background activity if a mobile device is not being moved, saving battery life
  • Now on Tap: The feature essentially allows users to ask Google Now for help when e.g. deciding on a restaurant to go to. For developers the feature is a way to get users to discover and re-engage with their apps through Google search.
  • Fingerprint: Google has previously premiered its Android Pay feature and its improved fingerprint sensor makes payments even easier. For developers, Fingerprint can be integrated into apps as a useful way to authorise apps.

Chris Velazco, mobile Editor for Endgadget, who tested Android M, says:


“If you don’t mind the occasional (and usually very temporary) headache, the Android M developer preview makes for a thoughtful, mostly stable day-to-day companion. When I first fired it up, I was more surprised at how whole it feels rather than how incomplete it actually is. Several days in, that feeling hasn’t disappeared.”

Offering a wealth of new features, it remains to be seen what mobile end users will think of Android M.