For those of you who have watched the Google IO Keynote this morning, you probably have heard of the new Android M, the successor to last year’s Lollipop. The Android M Preview version is now available for download for those of you who want to try out the latest features on your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player.
The latest Android M Preview includes stuff like App Permissions where apps don’t ask for permissions until you actually try to break permissions. This will be great for installing apps without the annoying permissions pop-up window, you will be able to install apps first then decide on permissions later. Fingerprint support is finally here! Of course, there’s actually no Nexus device currently that supports fingerprint but for existing devices like the Galaxy S6, S5, and Note 4, you will be able to use your fingerprint sensor on AOSP ROMs like CM12.1.
Google Pay is also coming with M Preview so you can ditch your wallet and use your smartphone for everything. We’ve had Google Wallet for awhile now but Google Pay may replace the Wallet and also make it easy to use. For sharing, Android M Preview features “Direct Sharing” so you can easily share with your favorite contacts painlessly. Copy and paste now also will have a floating clipboard, just like on the LG G4 and G3 so you can easily copy and paste multiple things. And for those of you who thought Lollipop volume controls sucked, the Android M Preview brings simplified volume controls.3
Of course, the M Preview version is not the final release version, this is really only for developers but if you feel brave and inclined, you can follow our Lollipop update guide and update your Nexus device to the latest M Preview and try it out.
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