Google unwrapped Android M at its I/O developer conference Thursday, detailing a ton of new features designed to make the operating system more useful and secure.The presentation, which focused on app permissions, Android Pay, and developer tools, wrapped up with a giant letter M filled with all the new features.Heres the list:
Easy word selection
Floating clipboard toolbar
Work contacts in personal contexts
Hotspot 2.0 R1
VPN apps in settings
Seamless certificate installation for enterprise
Undo/redo keyboard shortcuts
Do not disturb automatic rules
Data usage API for work profiles
Material Design support library
Voice interaction service
USB Type C charging
App link verification
Battery historian v2BT 4.2
Simplified volume controls
IMproved bluetooth low energy scanning
Text selection actions
Improved text hyphenation and justification
IT admin acceptance of OTAs
Google Now on tap
Chrome custom tabs
Auto backup for apps
Unified app settings view
Contextual assist framework
Enterprise factory reset protection
Corporate owned single use device support
Do not disturb quick setting and repeat caller prioritization
Improved trusted face reliability
Improved text layout
Fingerprint sensor formance support
Alphabetic app list with search
Unified Google new runtime settings and permissions
Work status notification
MIDI support 5GHz
Portable Wi-Fi hot-spot Bluetooth connectivity for device provisioning
Seven additional languages
Power improvements in WiFi scanning
Data binding support library
Beta setup wizard
Delegated certificate installation
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Move over, Google Wallet. Watch out, Apple Pay. Google said Thursday at its Google I/O conference that it is launching a successor to Google Wallet, called Android Pay, for Android phones running KitKat and above.Android Pay will work with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, though not Sprint, apparently. The service will work with Android 4.4 KitKat on up, including the new Android M, and will launch about the same time Android M does, executives said.Android Pay will be simple and secure, promised Dave Burke, the vice president of engineering for Android at Google. All youll need to do is unlock your phone, place it near the NFC terminal at over 700,000 stores in the U.S., and thats it. Supported stores will include Macys, Bloomingdales, McDonalds, Subway, and more. And you can use it to purchase physical items from online stores, too, via sites and apps like GrubHub, Orbitz, NewEgg, Uber, and more.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
Extending the reach of its analysis software and services, IBM plans to release 20 analytics packages customized to the needs of specific industries.Available by the end of June, the packages will target businesses in retail, banking, telecommunications, insurance and other fields. Additional packages will be released in the future.The packages augment off-the-shelf analytics software, from IBM or other parties, that organizations may already be running.The software is intended to speed up the process of applying complex analytics, said Alistair Rennie, IBM general manager of analytics solutions. They will deliver insight that business people can use very quickly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
Fingerprint authentication is nothing new. Enterprise PCs have had it for years. Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5S in 2013. Sporadic Android phones have unlocked with your touch over the years as well, like the Motorola Atrix and recent Samsung Galaxy phones. But Android-based implementation of fingerprint recognition has never been centralized around a standard APIuntil Android M.The new fingerprint API in Android M brings many of the conveniences of Touch ID to Googles platform. On Android M phones equipped with a fingerprint scanner, youll be able to unlock your device with a touch, as well as use your finger to authenticate purchases made in the Play Store or with the similarly new Android Pay (which itself mimes Apples Apple Pay service, which was introduced last year).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
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