Android M brings voicemail support and more to your device
Android’s next mobile operating system Android M all set to be released in Q3 2015 is already being tested by the developers and now you can also download the developers Preview 1 and Preview 2 on their Nexus devices. The Preview 2 rolled out couple of days ago and its major highlight is the inclusion of visual voicemail which somehow never happened to Android users. And it is one less thing for iOS users to brag about since Apple devices have had visual voice-mail for ages.
If you are not aware of visual voicemail, then let me tell you that it is puts forward list of messages for playback and includes the transcript of messages too. Although it is still in its early stages, but the support for visual voicemail has been integrated right into the dialer with a new tab interface located on the right-hand side. And it will depend on the carrier whether you get visual voicemail right away or later on when the final version is released. For now, Google has added support for Orange in France and some users on T-Mobile.
That was about the visual voicemail feature, and Android M revealed at I/O Conference 2015 has a lot more to offer. Here are some of the outstanding features of Android M that existing Android Lollipop users will love and want in their mobile devices.
# Battery life
Android M will have much better battery life when compared to Android Lollipop since it will have a smart process management feature. Using the motion sensors of the device, the OS will reduce the background processes when the user is asleep or has kept the device on a table for a long time. According to Google, a Nexus 9 device running Android M gave two times longer standby time in what they call as the doze mode.
# App permissions
Rather than seeing a long list of the permissions that an app needs and then either accepting them all or declining, Google M brings more flexibility to the permissions. For example, you can define what kind of permissions an app has like access to gallery, camera or R/W to internal storage etc. This will bring more security to the Android devices and also make the functioning of third-party apps more transparent.
# Status Bar
You have more control over what you want in your status bar with Android M. For example you can choose to remove or add icons like WiFi, Bluetooth, Hotspot, Alarm, Airplane mode, Cellular data and many more.
# RAM Manager
Android M will have a dedicated RAM management tool that allows you to check on the memory usage. This will give users an idea of the memory consuming apps and how much load they are putting on your RAM. The new feature will include a calculation of the average RAM used over a period of 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or 1 day.
# App Drawer
Google has thankfully decided to give-up the alphabetical divider on the left-hand side of the app drawer interface. This gives more space for apps to show and you can scroll them vertically too which is good UI management.
# Home Screen
You can rotate all the elements of your device’s home screen and enjoy using in landscape mode. This feature was long time due in Android operating systems and finally Google has brought landscape view support to Android M.
# Faster Chrome
Google Chrome will be much faster in Android M and its performance in slow internet connectivity areas is also enhanced. Based on the kind of network Google Chrome will prioritize what you want to see and hence result in low memory usage too. Google says that you’ll be able to notice a reduction of up to 80 MB memory space.
# Deleting screenshots
Lollipop users were able to have a look at the screenshots they captured in the notification tray and now with the Android M Preview 2, one can delete these screenshots too.