Meet Android M – Upcoming “Android For Works” Mobile OS, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

The Google I/O 2015 annual developer conference takes palce next week, and the company is evidently looking to introduce its next Android version. Rumored Android M – and its the “Android for Work” update. Android M will be bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces, which opens huge new markets for hundreds of millions of devices to workers at small business, deskless workers, logistics and warehousing jobs. Although, full Android releases have alphabetical snack codenames, but this new Android OS release is the first one named with a leter, like Android L. Now meet the Android M, and the single letter name indicates this si a developer preview, which will be an unfinished version of the next Android. Lacks most of the Google apps which you would normally get. More details on the Android M features can be found right after this jump.


Apart from Android M reportedly bringing more privacy controls, the new version may also including native fingerprint authentication for apps. A fingerprint API ecosystem, seen on some Android phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 have this fingerprint readers, but those were OEM-based solutions. Google effortlessly working on a new native solution for Android, and it almost made it into Lollipop and the Nexus 6. Late last year found in AOSP for a Nexus 6 fingerprint sensor and an API for apps to plug into. Google looking at using it for enhanced privacy and security for individual apps.

Reports surfaced claiming that this new feature will let users enter all of its supported apps without the need for passwords. Simply by setting a ‘fingerprint lock’ instead, which by far means that, now you have an added option of fingerprint lock on individual apps, beyond the traditional password lock. A Google API would be stable enough and universally supported enough that third-party apps would begin to support it. But we have no garuntees the Fingerprint API will be in Android M, but such feature was so close to coming out that its inclusion in M seems very apparent.

Android M is also expected to bump up its security credentials, and will also integrate few new features focused on enterprises. Possibility there of Google Voice commands, which would also be made available to third-party apps, like Microsoft done with Windows Mobile 10.

Android Pay is yet another incluison will be a part of Android M. Unlike Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet will be replaced by Android Pay, which is reportedly be announced at this year’s Google I/O. Fingerprint scanner in Android M is certain and if it did, you’ll be able to use it for your Play Store purchases, or Google Wallet authentication, or for apps like 1Password, Authy, Dropbox, OneDrive, Simplenote, or any other app that allows you to use a passcode lock, and that currently use Touch ID on iOS, can be used with the fingerprint scanner if they add support for it on Android.

Whether Google does decide to include Fingerprint sensor in Android M or not, alongside Android Pay, and Chromecast 2 you have to wait for few more days. Stay tuned!


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