Google just announced Android M at its annual Google I/O developer conference. And just as it did last year, the company made a developer preview available for Nexus devices.
This is our first chance to get a real hands-on look at the next version of Android. It focuses on the "core user experience," addressing concerns like bugs, performance, battery life, and app permissions. There's a ton of good stuff in there.
So naturally, we couldn't wait to flash the developer image onto our Nexus 6 and take a look. And unfortunately, there's just not a lot of killer stuff there yet. Some of it, like Android Pay and universal fingerprint support, is coming later (none of the Nexus devices have fingerprint readers, anyway). Other features, like the new permissions handling, may require app support.
While this is only a developer release, meant for app makers to get their feet wet with the new operating system, it's hard not to be disappointed. Almost none of the cool stuff Google talked about on stage is in this build.
We did find a few nice changes and improvements, though. Here's what we were able to discover in our first few hours with the initial Android M developer preview.