Android has changed the way we use smartphones. And now, Google’s latest operating system Android Marshmallow is here to change the mobile world for the better.
We all know that Android Marshmallow is coming with some exciting features, but now a document released by Google has outlined its requirements for Android smartphone and tablet manufacturers, which sheds some light on how Google wishes to change Android M devices in the near future.
Support for Doze Mode
Doze Mode is introduced to save your battery from draining quickly, or we can also say, to stop your battery from wasting its energy where it is not needed. To support this feature, Android M now needs devices that help it work better. Giving clear instructions to the Android device manufacturers, Google in its document wrote, “All apps exempted from App Standby and/or Doze mode MUST be made visible to the end user. Further, the triggering, maintenance, wakeup algorithms and the use of Global system settings of these power-saving modes MUST not deviate from the Android Open Source Project.” Smartphone manufacturers themselves are working on bringing powerful batteries to the devices, but a clause to have a system that will lengthen the life of your battery will be an added advantage.
Full-disk encryption by default
Google’s Nexus devices, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, came with full encryption enabled. Google had promised that the upcoming version of Android will come with changed recommendations. The document released for Android M now says, “For device implementations supporting full-disk encryption and with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) crypto performance above 50MiB/sec, the full-disk encryption MUST be enabled by default at the time the user has completed the out-of-box setup experience.” It further adds, “If a device implementation is already launched on an earlier Android version with full-disk encryption disabled by default, such a device cannot meet the requirement through a system software update and thus MAY be exempted.” It is said that only the new devices will need to work on this requirement as none of the Android devices have come with encryption by default.
If you followed all the latest releases, you must have noticed that almost all phones come with fingerprint sensor these days, especially high-end phones. But it will not be a choice for smartphone manufacturers anymore. As Android M wants devices to allow users to handle many features with fingerprint sensors, especially to authorize transactions in Google Play store or sign in to third-party apps, Google now instructs smartphone manufacturers to have fingerprint authentication.
This means that every phone will now have features only high-end phones had till date. Interesting, isn’t it? All we can say is, “Thanks Google!”