Did you like Android M and the proposed changes it's set to bring to market? (poll results)

Did you like Android M and the proposed changes it's set to bring to market? (poll results)
With Android M, Google aims to improve upon the user experience by tweaking a host of already established features, revamping others, and even adding a few new ones. Volume control, for example, is now granular — you can expand the bar and set volume per category (notifications, media, ringtone). App pemissions — a mostly invisible system — have also been overhauled, so we have the ability to fine tune which app has access to what, and avoid the trouble of okaying prompts upon app installs. Lastly, the search giant is throwing in a sizable update to Google Now, which will now be usable and adequate within apps, and assist you based on the context within.

All of these are great changes. But they're no major design update, as was the case with Android Lollipop. That's why we figured we'd ask your opinion on Android M and see what you thought about the changes it will likely bring to the table. A little over a thousand of you took up our call, and cast a vote.

The vast majority — 63.43% — say they liked what Android M has in store for them, and we tend to fall in that group ourselves. On the other end of the spectrum, with 9.99% of the votes, we have the folks who see the next major firmware update as a disappointment. In the middle of these two groups sit a quarter of the voters — 26.58% of participants are neither happy nor dissatisfied with Android M.

If we had to cherry pick the one feature that seems to have been received particularly poorly, it will have to be the re-designed app drawer, which is now vertical and not horizontal. We have to admit that we arched an eyebrow upon seeing it for the first time, too, and it's not simply because vertical lists are inherently inferior — it's just that it doesn't look like much, and could definitely use some more work. And on other end? It would appear that features like Now on Tap and the promised battery improvements in standby have captured the crowd's imagination the most. Do you agree?

Did you like Android M and the proposed changes it's set to bring to market?




1. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

I like the direction, but it's not a big update to get the next number!

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For those wondering, I have M Preview and Chrome's about page says its Operating System is Android 5.1.99 So its going to be Android 5.2 Which is expected IMO, considering what happened with before with 4.0-4.4

3. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

then it's fair enough! Just an alphabetical update then not numerical!

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

the thing is... what can they really do now to make it a 'big update'? the software is pretty well rounded as it is. I'm not saying it's perfect, and there's room for improvement, but i can't think of anything ground-breaking that they could really do with it.

4. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

I really appreciate it, I'm loving what android is evolving to :)

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I like that Android is finally re-implementing integrated system-wide permission control (hopefully permanent this time). However, just-as I predicted, the new implementation is a half-assed joke compared to what App Ops previously offered (at least based on what I saw on stage at Google I/O)...didn't see option for controling autostarts, wake ups, keep awakes, WiFi change, Bluetooth change, Data change, reading MMS, reading/modifying call log, etc. Hopefully, CyanogenMod adds those options back when creating an Android M build for the OnePlus One...can't use Android without something like Privacy Guard.

6. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

You gotta remember this is a real early build aswell. And Doze really solves the wake locks, with phones now doing 5 days of loving on one charge which are rocking M, which is nuts

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