A photo tour of the new Android M
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Google unveiled its newest OS, Android M, at the I/O conference in 2015. Here’s a preview of what it looks like on a Nexus 5.
Android M was announced at the 2015 Google I/O conference, with updates primarily targeting user experience.
The Android M lock screen
There weren’t many design changes with M, as the major design overhaul came with Android Lollipop.
New lock screen actions
The bottom left lock screen icon can be used to access Google Now, instead of the dialer, as it was with Lollipop.
New app drawer
The app drawer in Android M is now alphabetized and includes apps at the top that are either most-used or recently used.
New app defaults
Android M allows users to set new defaults for apps, such as opening supported links without asking.
Users can access an upgraded memory console to see what apps are using the most memory.
More priority control
Users now have more control over priorities and alarms, including “Total Silence.”
One of the biggest aspects of M is that users have more granular control over app permissions during the first use of a feature in a given app.
Individual app permissions
App permissions for things like the camera and microphone can be toggled on or off at any point
The former Google application is now embedded as a setting in Android M.
List of inactive apps
Users can toggle app activity.
New app notifications
Android M brings new notification such as “Allow Peeking” to emphasize apps.