Android M Developer Preview 2 has Arrived


When Google released the Android M preview at I/O, they promised there would be a few incremental updates along the way. Today we have the very first M preview update, and it’s available right now! The new update brings a number of changes, some of them are exclusively under the hood for developers, but there a few new features for end users as well. If you are running M Preview 1 you should have an OTA update waiting for you to update to the latest version. If you did not install the first M preview, you can grab the appropriate SDK from the link below. Here is the official word from Google about this update:

Android M Developer Preview 2 is an incremental update to the Android M preview platform that was originally released in May 2015. The update includes a variety of enhancements and bug fixes made across the system, including those related to issues reported by developers through the external issue tracker.

There appear to be a variety of permission changes and minor bug fixes, but nothing super important to the daily function of the phone. The update does include Google Play Services 7.6. You can check out the full list of changes at the Android Developer’s Blog. A few things I’ve noticed so far after my OTA:

  1. Google Now-On Tap can be turned on in settings.
  2. You now have a dedicated tab to view your phone’s memory usage.
  3. The System UI Tuner now allows you to turn off icons in the status bar.
  4. The Storage and USB tab gives you a cleaner look at available storage and file manager access.

If you don’t have an OTA waiting and you’re on M Preview 1, you can grab the Nexus 6 OTA file below as well. Let us know if there are any cool new features we missed in M Preview 2!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"