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Android M will bring a lot of new features at release

Google today spoke about the new features that the Android M operating system will release with.

Thursday at Google's I/O keynote, a lot of new Android M's new features were highlighted. Calling it a next-generation operating system, Google revealed the future for Android. One of the biggest features to be revealed was Android Pay. This will allow users to pay for items inside stores by simply holding the phone close and using the near-field communication to pay automatically. Android Pay will be supported by 13 different financial institutions at launch.

Android M will aim to enhance battery life in mobile devices, using Daze, which could improve standby battery two-fold by putting certain apps to sleep while the screen is off. Furthermore, future devices will support the USB-C connector in order to speed up charging time. Google Now will also be expanded with more capabilities and quicker response so it can be used for anything at a moment's notice. They have made voice recognition improvements as well, meaning faster and more accurate responses from the companion app. 

Regarding The Internet of Things, Google has created Project Brillo, which is a brand new platform that allows developers to work directly with manufacturers to create products that connect with Android M. The virtual reality device called Google Cardboard was given iOS compatibility, and the company feels it will change the way that smartphone users play games, take tours, and experience mobile devices in general. Android M is shaping up to be quite a large release with many different new capabilities. It seems clear that Google is trying to expand the horizons of its mobile operating system to connect users to the world around them.


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Joseph Lambert, 2015-05-29 (Update: 2015-05-29)