Today, We convey as to what we are expecting from the upcoming Google release, Android M. We start off from the beginning , then the evolution and then we lay down our expectations!
1: BRIEF HISTORY OF ANDROID.
Android, much known for it’s user customization and friendliness was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin.
In Rubin’s words, “smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences”.
The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
In 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. and the Google Mobile Division was born. The world watched this event with skepticism and curiosity that we can now define as almost historic. How could the company venture into a market already well established by Microsoft, with Windows Mobile, and especially the new Apple iPhone?
2: THE EVOLUTION
It’s astounding to think that Android has only been around for six years, but in the tech world, this is a huge amount of time. In addition to the exponential improvement of hardware features such as RAM and CPU as one would expect, Android has totally revolutionized the cell phone.
The Android operating system made its debut as a Google property in late 2008 on the T-Mobile G1. This version was known as Android 1.0, and was lauded for its pull-down notification system. Android 1.1 was released early 2009 and mostly dealt with bug fixes and minor improvements. Android 1.0 was also known as “Alpha,” and Android 1.1 was also known as “Beta.” The most popular Android version was handsdown “Gingerbread” (2.3). Then the upcoming android versions followed, but what really got us was Android L. So, having high expectations from Google, here is what we expect.
3: FINALLY, WHAT HOPES WE HAVE FROM ANDROID “M”.
- As we see android lollipop has been COMPLETELY reorganized, beautified and has much more animations than any other version, so by that we can guess that the material design won’t change much but there will surely add some of those epic features.
- One change we could see in Android M could be Colored Output in Logcat so that the output is colored similar to the ones in DDMS.
- Undoubtedly, notifications in Android Lollipop has been vastly enhanced. Users now can get notifications in priority order without even unlocking the screen. But it would be great to add in the interactivity of notifications, allowing us to answer messages or share a post/tweet on the lock screen in Android M.
- We also expect enhanced performance for lower end smartphones.
- A system like Apple’s iCloud with seamless integration is yet to be seen by Android. We hope it comes out soon.
- More than that, when you own two or more Android devices, it’s quite annoying to dismiss all the notifications which you have seen and responded. A better user experience is to dismiss notifications themselves whenever you have taken actions on one of your Android devices.
This is what we expect, Stay Tuned.