Android M Developer Preview 2 brings new features and a dedicated memory manager

Android M Developer Preview 2 brings new features and a dedicated memory manager
The Android M Developer Preview 2 just hit the airwaves, as promised by Google, and with it come several new features, compared to the first release. 

Some are welcome, like the new memory management system (looking at you, Lollipop), some look like a step back, like the vertical scrolling in the app drawer, or the hide-and-seek game that the theming option has apparently engaged in.

All eyes are on the new memory manager here, as we know how Lollipop sometimes drops the ball when it comes to leakage, memory sprawl, and battery drain on standby. There is now a dedicated section in the setting menu, where the system shows you how much memory an app uses at all times, not just when they are running, indicating possible memory hog footprints.


source: Techvalue.gr

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11 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

App drawer is a bit better than the last preview. I still wish it that it should be like the old one.

7. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Im excited about this new memory management personally. Previously apps on android were so free to the point of one app modifying other apps memory etc. Hopefully in this update thet put a shield wall on apps memory usage, so they can only affect their own memory and not other apps. This would hopefully kill all task manager fake apps and fake performance boosters.

8. waddup121 unregistered

Great stuff

2. peace247 unregistered

Im running 5.1.1(android one) and it has best memory management compared to older android versions... Same for 5.0.2(moto g)....better than kitkat.....

3. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Im not really excited about Android M. It just an incremental update. :/

6. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Android doesn't need an update. Its a superb OS with all the features literally. They jusy need to polish it enough so it can offer amazing experience without memory issues and apps going nuts all over the os.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I will definitely use the dark theme on my Nexus 6, being AMOLED, and all. My LCD devices will just use the standard white theme

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I love Android and its versatility, but I really hope they stop taking features OFF, like the ability to write to the memory card and the ability for widgets to turn on/off certain settings. Make the OS better, not worse!

9. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

The ability to write to the sdcard was brought back in Lollipop. The developer has to implement the API in the app for it to work, but it works. As far as moving apps to the sdcard, I don't see it happening bro. Google hates that and I don't see it coming back.

10. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I never really cared about moving apps to SD card. I just want to be able to download something and have it go straight to the card, and to move files from the phone's memory to it.I think I can't even rename files on it.

11. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Yeah I agree man. For some reason Google hates external storage. It's not fair either. Storage space wouldn't be an issue if data was inexpensive, but when you're talking about paying hundreds of dollars a month to be able to store, download and upload all your stuff to the cloud, it gets ridiculous. Hopefully 128gb and even 256gb phones are the norm soon.

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