|Conserve with Doze
As our users tend to be on field for a really long time with minimal access for charging, the new battery mode 'Doze' could be a value adder. With M, Android uses significant motion detection to learn if a device has been left unattended for a while. In this state, Android will exponentially back off background activity, trading off a little bit of app freshness for longer battery life.
|Native Finger Print Support
Next up is Android Pay which could be of limited impact in the near term, generic finger print access could herald a new security paradigm in enterprise use of the Android solutions.
Offline access to maps could be a real boon, as most of of our users are on field and sometime network connectivity could be really flaky. This can enable field users to look out for customer location and their plan on maps even with limited or no connectivity. Android needs network access for loading the map tiles and determining the location. We will have to wait and watch to see how this will transpire.
There seems to be availability of maps API on wearables, which can add interesting possibilities to when on the move.
The new app permission scheme could be a little concern as it seems to take us back to the Nokia days, where majority of actions/access required permission in run-time.
Read the full google announcements here
All in all an interesting set of things do ahead. We will keep you posted once we get our hands dirty and update how things are shaping up !
- Prasad Nagalapura