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Old 05. Jun 2015, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Android M the new version of Android

Android M was recently announced in Google I/O 2015, and it will be the next version of Android.

A developer preview is already available for download, and those with Nexus devices can test it out.

From initial reports, it seems like it won't be bringing any drastic changes, but small ones. This article I read, lists some features of Android M, and they seem pretty good.

http://www.androidpit.com/android-m-tips-and-tricks

The one I really like is granular permissions for apps, which will really give the control in users' hands. Why did they not employ this before? Anyways, it seems great.

I don't really like the idea of new app drawer though, which will be vertical, and alphabetical... I think the horizontal one was better.

This new Android really seems quite early though (although it isn't), considering that Android L has not been able to make it's place really, and has just been stabilized only recently, after many issues on various devices.

Anyways, let's hope Android M will be a good version to look forward to.
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Old 18. Jun 2015, 04:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Android M preview is out for developers and press and the comments are positive so far.

I just read this article about the main differences between Lollipop and the M preview.

Anupam, I totally agree with the granular permissions, I like them. That and the new charging / battery life enhacements are the best additions.

This will be the end of the line for me, though. I won't be able to enjoy Android M unless I buy a new Phone, and that's a tough decision to make.
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UserError, you are right. Those two changes are the main highlights for me in Android M, something to look forward to.

Well, now that a new Android version will be released every year, it will really be difficult to keep up, if you aren't having a Nexus. I am glad I have a Nexus phones, so new Android versions will be coming to my phone for a good period of time.

But, those are not having Nexus phones, it surely will be a problem. Already, companies other than Google, release the new version after a long period of time, after making the necessary tests and changes, and that too only for some of their devices. This is kind of a deal breaker. If someone like me, who likes to have the latest version, it's really a problem.

Also, with regular updates like in Android L, where bug fixes releases were being released, it's another problem where phones are getting them after so much of delay.

Technology is growing at a really fast rate, where it's just becoming impossible for users to catch up... it's becoming a never ending race.

Sometimes, I really get sick of all the electronics items all around nowadays, with the pile just getting bigger.
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Old 21. Jun 2015, 05:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Technology is growing at a really fast rate, where it's just becoming impossible for users to catch up... it's becoming a never ending race.

Sometimes, I really get sick of all the electronics items all around nowadays, with the pile just getting bigger.
That's correct, Anupam. There's a new device every day for every imaginable task. Vacuum cleaners, drones, music players and a lot of 'smart' devices from watches to coffee makers and washing machines. That's part of the new 'Internet of Things' I guess, although I don't like the idea of having everything connected to the internet.

Thanks to its open source and free availability, android is going to be on almost all of the new smart devices. The problem, however, is that only the system is open source, as the hardware binaries and such are proprietary most of the time, which limits the ability to produce 100% useful custom firmwares.

If the hardware makers were more transparent and produced 'open hardware' parts, there wouldn't be any need of waiting for official releases. Any talented coder or group of coders could bake a custom firmware in a matter of weeks or less. I'm guessing that shouldn't be problem for a big company, unless they are too scared of its lawyers and the patent trolls.
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This is good to know. I like android, but I changed to an apple and have since no knowledge of what is new with android.
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