The rumors have been going around and now we’ve finally got confirmation. Android M is here and soon you’ll be able to flash the preview on your own device.
While in the past “letter releases” of Android have been pretty major, this time it’s simply an improvement. Looks are basically the same, but the focus of this release will be on quality and improving the user experience.
Some of the changes include the ability to grant or deny app permissions, improving the web experience through Chrome “custom tabs”, quicker linking to apps, improved mobile payments through Android Pay, native support for fingerprint scanners, and improvements to how Android manages power and how it manages charging. The horrid sound menu of Lollipop is also gone and so many more changes.
One of the biggest and most important changes is certainly app permissions.
Google will be releasing a developer preview that can be downloaded and flashed by anyone who has a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player. Google has not yet announced when the preview will be available, but if this is anything like last year, it won’t be long.