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Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love

Published Jul 22nd, 2015 5:00PM EDT
Android M Best Features Tricks

Android M isn’t going to be a massive game-changer like Android 5.0 Lollipop was. However, it will have some small-but-important tweaks and improvements that will noticeably improve the consumer experience. Green Bot recently put together a slideshow of the small changes Google has made with Android M and we’ve picked out five of them that we think Android diehards will love. Check them out below and be sure to check out Green Bot’s full slideshow by clicking here.

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  1. Faster access to your favorite apps: The newly redesigned app drawer has a quick access bar for all the apps you use the most. This will make it easier to get to your favorites with minimal clickage.
  2. You can activate Google Now with your voice from the lock screen: Accessing Google Now from the lock screen is as easy as swiping from the lower left-hand corner of your Android M device.
  3. Uninstalling apps is easier than ever: For app junkies who download too many apps and forget to delete them, Android M lets you long press an app on the home screen and then drag it over to an option that says “uninstall.” Presto! The unwanted app is gone from your device.
  4. Customizable quick settings: With Android M, you’ll be able to rearrange your quick settings tiles through simple drags and drops with the help of the new System UI Tuner tool.
  5. More granular battery saving options: Finally, if you want certain apps to keep running on background when you’re not using your phone, you’ll be able to enable them by disabling the new Doze mode on a per-app basis.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.