Samsung infographic shows off Android M features

Samsung infographic shows off Android M features
This coming week, we expect to hear from Google exactly what the "M" in Android M stands for. A clue shown on a video made by two Googlers suggests that Marshmallow will be the winning dessert, although that is only speculation at the current time. In  previous years, Google has thrown every one off track, only to make a surprise announcement.

Who could forget when it appeared that "K" would be Key Lime Pie? Instead, it turned out that Google had worked out a deal with Nestle and Hershey to use the name of the KitKat chocolate bar. In an industry where secrets are leaked faster than a KitKat bar melts on a hot day, it was amazing that no word about KitKat was discovered prior to Google's announcement.

With Android fans on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear the name of the next new build of Google's open source OS, Samsung has prepared an infographic that reminds us about some of the features that we can expect from Android Marshmallow, or whatever name is used. Enjoy!

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1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

What's so new about it ???

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Little, but very nice, updates around the UI in terms of design and animations, plus huge battery and power changes. The Dev Preview 2 alone is a lot nicer than Lollipop on my Nexus 6, plus Now on tap which shall be sweet with all this automation Google has brought in. I don't think I've typed out a note in my calendar in over a year for my emails thanks to Googs, and now we got Tap coming too :] It's not a huge update, but it's a very welcomed update which has benefits for everyone that uses Android.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Lollipop was a huge update, and we all know how that turned out. People want huge changes but huge changes mean disasters. I prefer iterative changes like M over something like lollipop which spoil the experience.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered


25. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Marshmallow man is evil

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But still funny after 30 years.

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"We've been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft's okay! He's a sailor, he's in New York; we get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble!"

50. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

The beginning of Lollipop was a bit of a disaster but as it turned out after a few updates from Google to 5.1.1, it is a huge improvement over past generations of the software like KitKat etc. Also, past generations of Android (up to KK) were built on a different architecture than Lollipop is. Android Lollipop started the same way Android 1.0 started long time ago, but much better. That's why you'll only see "iterative changes like M over something" from now on for a long time probably.

38. monoke

Posts: 1173; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I guess "Moreofthesame" was one too many syllables for customers to say so they settled on "Marshmellow".

42. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, "MostadvancedmobileOS" seemed to be bragging

3. TournaFlyer

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Funny, they didn't mention the SD card improvements...

14. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

"Samsung Infographic"

17. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not really surprised. Especially considering Google itself intensely dislikes micro SD cards.

19. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep, I think with new nexus we should see sd slot otherwise Google is stupid.

39. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android One have SD cards tho

4. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Which Samsung users will get in 2020

27. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Join us in reality. It's not that scary.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

All great features. I'm excited to get this update when it comes out, especially the Memory tracking and Battery saving features.

7. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

LMFAO i'm having an iOS deja vu Android may have some features -about openness basically- iOS still lacks, but when it comes to the most basic stuff, Android is still 2 years or more behind iOS... Fingerprints, App permissions, Cloud backup...

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Uhm Motorola atrix had fingerprint scanner in Froyo 2.2 (altough not native so yea they lacked that), apps permission JellyBean 4.3 (removed from 4.4+), cloud backup also in Froyo 2.2.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, the Motorola Atrix had a fingerprint scanner back in 2011, so you can't say that Android didn't allow that sort of feature, and just because it's in Android M doesn't mean that every Android device going forward will have it. It's up to the OEMs. But I agree with you, authority to pick and choose what permissions an app has should have happened a long time ago.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Technically, it did. Google pulled it back for some reason, I don't know why.

34. g2a5b0e unregistered

Spot on, Ted. It was introduced in 4.3 & removed in 4.4.2. Google removed it because the disabling of certain permissions on certain apps would cause the app not to work properly. Hopefully they've figured that out this time around. I'm sure it's just as simple as not allowing you to disable any permissions that would hinder an app's core functionality.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

When did fingerprint scanner became BASIC feature?? 2013??

12. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Android has had cloud backup for a very long time. Fingerprint has been with other OEM's, there's even iris scanners out now on Android from other OEM's. iOS is not behind, it's just lazy and boring. It does nothing now when compared to Android. iOS feels old now, M feels clean and fun to use, and it does so much for you. It feels smart, which is weird to say, but Now is amazing within M, it all flows and does so much without you doing it

18. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

yep, "Now does so much without you doing it" like draining battery keeping track on location and other stuff

32. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And yet, the yogis is middle of the pack in battery life, behind many Android flagships, which get the functionality and still outlast the iPhone.

22. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No this cloud backup is new & should have been implemented years ago. All your app data will now be backed up so no more entering setting or passwords on new phone also FINALLY all the home screen apps will be placed on the new phones home screen in the same place & folders FINALLY like iPhone has done from day 1.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You are clueless: This new auto-backup is only for data inside apps.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Are there dragons and unicorns in your fantasy world?

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