Android M is finally releasing this year. The second iteration of the Developer Preview has been released for app creators. The interesting thing about the current version of Android M is that it seems to offer a major upgrade and a much needed fix of a flaw which caused a lot of problems in Android Lollipop. The flaw in question is improper memory management.
Android Lollipop did not have effective memory management capabilities. The OS was reported to have memory leak issues in addition to apps consuming excessive memory. This led to severe battery drain even when the device was not being used. Moreover, the memory management tools are either hidden or too limited in scope. Due to this, several users reported problems such as hanging and poor performance of the devices running Android Lollipop. The sluggish performance led to background apps getting closed and lag in response to touch gestures.
Screenshot showing memory management feature of Android M
Android M has been reported to have an improved memory management tool (listed in the “settings” option) which lists the apps that are currently running, amount of memory being consumed by each app, and the average RAM consumption for each app even when it is not running. This quick access option will allow users to revive a lagging smartphone without having to take it to the service center. The feature has been provided in the developer preview 2 and will definitely undergo rigorous testing before it is included in the final version.
There are some unwanted features in the developer version of Android M, such as the streamlined memory management feature, and the vertically scrolling app launcher. Due to the vertical scrolling function, the letters that allowed you to jump alphabetically to apps have been removed. These features are not necessarily productive even though they may offer a fresh android experience.
Even the option to change the theme has been hidden away in the developer preview. There is no certainty that this change would remain in the final version. But it is kind of annoying for those who have gotten used to the conventional android experience. While some upgrades are welcome, it would be better if Google left certain aspects of the android operating system untouched. As of now the changes are being made to the operating system (developer version) with every iteration.
It would be interesting to see the final rendition of the OS which would be brought out as a commercial variant. What are your thoughts on the Android M? Share your views in the comments section below.
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