Google I/O 2015 - What's new in Android M

     Well, Google I/O has been over for a week now, I'm just now finding the time to watch the keynote.  Lots of great announcements for Android development in general, but here are some highlights of what to expect with Android M.


Permissions System

     As of now, the permissions we developers ask for in our Apps, are presented to the user during installation. The user must agree to the complete list of permissions we request, or they wont be able to complete the install. Permissions in Android M will be handled differently. The user will not be prompted to accept all permissions during install. Instead, when the user attempts to use a feature in the application that requires permission, they will be prompted to accept, or simply not use that feature. Not only will the user be able to grant permission, but also revoke permission through the App Manager in Settings.   Legacy applications targeting API's prior to "M", will behave has they always have (prompt during install).


Power Management

     A new power management feature called Doze, will monitor your devices sensors for inactivity, and use fewer background services while Dozing. Providing the potential for 2x the battery life. Android M will also support USB Type-C.


Chrome Custom Tabs

     When the need to display web content in our App arises, we currently have 2 options. Send the user out of your App, into their default browser, or implement a Webview. Chrome Custom Tabs allow the developer to skin the tab so it will look like the rest of your App, and prefetch web content so it will be ready before the user launches the tab. Since this is actually Chrome running, and not a Webview, all accounts that have been setup in chrome will be available in the Custom Tab.


Android Pay

     Pay will use NFC and a Virtual Card Number to complete a pay transaction, never passing your actual card number on to the merchant. A new Finger print scanner API will allow for quick payments without launching an App, just unlock your phone with your finger print, tap and go. Pay will be available in thousands of retailers when released.

John Wolf

Android updates are getting very interesting. L has been around now for 9 months or so and yet only 12% of handsets have it. That is a miniscule number and you see some of the best flagship phones don't have it yet. L was a major update for the UI and it has been bogged down with many bugs, so many in fact manufactures are skipping 5.0 and jumping to 5.1.1. I think this only widens fragmentation and I don't see this as progress.