Google announces Android M, available later this year_New features and a whole lot of polish are coming this time around

Google has just made the next version of Android official. During the keynote address of its annual developer conference, Google unveiled that Android M will succeed Android Lollipop this year. Google says that Android M, which is debuting as a prerelease version today with a full release later this year, brings a host of new features and performance enhancements. But at the same time, Google’s Sundar Pichai says the company has “gone back to the basics” and improved quality of the platform. 

Where Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced a new design and interface, M appears to be focused on improving the stability and usability of the software. Google isn’t saying what the version number or name of M will be just yet, but it is showing of a lot of what will be part of the update.

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, says that the company has been watching what device makers have been adding to Android and is folding a lot of those ideas into the core system. There are six new areas that Google has focused on with M, ranging from new features to improved performance and efficiency.

One of the big parts of Android M is a redesigned apps permissions system. Users will be able to approve or deny security permissions, such as camera or location access, on a case by case basis. There are only eight categories of permissions available to apps now, and the apps will ask for them as they need them. That’s different from how Android current works, which asks users to approve all permissions at once when the app is installed. It’s also very similar to how Apple has handle app permissions in iOS for years. Apps will not have to ask for permissions with every update, either.

For Android M, Google is also revamping the web browsing experience with its Chrome browser. A new feature called “Chrome Custom Tabs” lets developers insert webviews directly in their apps, giving them the full power of Chrome without having to force the user to switch apps. Chrome features like automatic sign-in, saved passwords, autofill, and multi-process security are all now available to app developers within their apps.

Android’s built-in app linking system (also known as “intents”) is also getting an upgrade, allowing apps to open content directly instead of stopping users with a dialog box every time. For example, if you click a Twitter link in an email, the Twitter app will open directly instead of asking you if you want to use Twitter to view it.

Android M is introducing a new payments system called Android Pay. It uses NFC and Host Card Emulation for tap-to-pay services and essentially takes the place of the current Google Wallet app. Developers will also be able to integrate Android Pay into their apps for in-app payments and purchases.

Google says that Android Pay will be preinstalled on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile devices and it will be accepted in 700,000 stores in the US. Android Pay will also natively support fingerprint scanners, such as the one installed on Samsung’s Galaxy S6, as opposed to leaving it up to device makers to support it themselves. It works with any device running KitKat or newer.

It seems that Google promises better battery life and efficiency with every new version of Android, and of course, Android M is no different. M will bring a new feature called Doze, which lets the system manage background processes better. It relies on motion detection to determine when someone is using a device, and shuts down processes when activity hasn’t been detected for a period of time. Burke says that this has extended the standby time of the Nexus 9 tablet by up to two times over Android Lollipop

Android M also introduces native USB Type-C support, which allows for faster and easier charging. It also lets users charge other devices with their Android phone, which isn’t something any of us have asked for, but it’s there.

Google is also addressing a lot of the usability nags that have plagued Android for years with M. Little things like volume control and copy and paste are allegedly improved, and Burke calls M the “most polished Android release to date.”

But it’s apparently not ready to be taken out of the oven yet. As with last year’s Android L early release, Google is making M available as a developer preview for the Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Nexus Player, with a full release later this year. The company expects developers and early adopters to test the system over the next few months to find bugs and improve stability before it’s released to the public. Google says that more information and updates will come during the preview period this year, which was a pain point for many during the Lollipop preview.


Google is promising a lot with M, and if you’ve been following the progress of Android for a while, it’s a lot of stuff you’ve probably heard before. Hopefully this time around Google hits the right stride between new features and stability that make for a truly exceptional mobile platform. The company is also introducing a number of new platforms and systems that tie in to Android and work with Android devices, such as the Brillo internet of things platformand the new Now on Tap search features.

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How Much to Ask for When You're Negotiating Salary

Negotiating your salary isn’t easy. And one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how much to ask for. As a general rule of thumb, your number should be 10 to 20 percent more than what you’re earning now.

Maybe a potential employer asks you for a salary range, and you’re not sure what to tell them. Or maybe they toss out a number and it seems low, but you don’t know how much more to negotiate. Either way, experts say as a general rule, it’s appropriate to ask for 10 to 20 percent more than your current salary. Business Insider explains:

That means if you’re making $50,000 a year now, you can easily ask for $55,000 to $60,000 without seeming greedy or getting laughed at. “If the original offer is on the low side of the scale, you have more leverage,” Taylor explains. “If you get an offer for 20% over your current salary, you can still negotiate for more — ask for an additional 5% — but know that you’re already in good stead.”

Keep in mind, this is a general rule of thumb. And rules of thumb can vary widely. Maybe the company you’re interviewing with has a significantly lower budget than your current employer—or maybe it’s much higher. Maybe there’s no room for negotiating at all. A better method is definitely to research the company and the average pay for your skills and experience. But even average incomes can be an iffy metric. Sometimes earning more comes down to factors totally outside of skills and experience.

But if you’re completely stumped on how much to ask for, this rule of thumb is a good start. If your employer tosses out the first number, here’s another rule of thumb: Clarke University says most companies can budget 15 to 20 percent more than what they initially offer you. Again, it’s a generalization, but it’s useful if you’re looking for a ballpark. For more advice, head to Business Insider’s article at the link below.

How Much Money to Ask for in a Salary Negotiation | Business Insider

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Después de la resaca de la conferencia realizada en el día de ayer sobre las futuras novedades de los servicios de Google, hoy llegan las confirmaciones de los fabricantes al respecto de la nueva versión de Android que se presentó durante el Google I/O. Android M es la nueva versión que llegará a finales de año y Google ya facilitó ayer la preview de esta nueva versión que incorporarán los próximos Nexus y seguidamente de los nuevos terminales que se lancen a finales de año.

Google tiene pensado sacar una versión de sus sistema operativo para cada año. Esto puede causar un problema de fragmentación del sistema operativo, algo que lleva arrastrando desde hace mucho tiempo. Este problema es culpa de los fabricantes que deciden no actualizar sus terminales a la última versión de Android, siendo estos compatibles con dicha versión. Aún así hay compañías que deciden actualizar sus flamantes terminales estrellas, aunque tarde, a la última actualización del sistema operativo de Google.

Android M se presentó ayer durante la keynote del primer día del Google I/O 2015. Esta nueva versión de Android no tendrá grandes cambios como si los tubo Android 5.0 Lollipop al respecto de Android 4.4 Kit Kat.  Android M, seguirá manteniendo Material Design e incorporará varias mejoras, como gestión de los permisos en las app’s, nuevo launcher, transiciones más cuidadas y más fluidas, mejoras para la autonomía de la batería, Android Pay, soporte para lector de huellas y un largo etcétera del cuál todavía no se ha descubierto.

HTC ha sido el primer fabricante que ha comunicado que sus HTC One M9 y One M9+ se actualizarán a Android M cuando esté disponible. El fabricante taiwanés lo ha anunciado a través de su perfil de Twitter donde además han comentado que los One M9 no serán los únicos dispositivos de la compañía en recibir la próxima versión de Android, aunque el fabricante no ha dado más información al respecto. Aún así buenas noticias para los poseedores del nuevo One M9 y M9+ que podrán disfrutar de la próxima versión.


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