Friday, 12 June 2015

From Google I/O 2015: whats in store with Android M & more

Android Mobility AppGoogle I/O 2015 is over and its time to look back (or forward..). One of the most exciting updates for us for sure is the "Android M" with launch expected in Q3 of 2015. Features like native support for fingerprint sensors, better app-to-app communication, offline access to maps and new power management features can disrupt the way apps are built and consumed.


mEdge on Android
Conserve with Doze
Although the improvement seem to be incremental rather than disruptive, they can have significant impact on how our users can benefit.

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.
mEdge on Android by Vitamap
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.

mEdge by VitamapOffline 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



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