With the recent release of the new version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, customers are getting more intrigued about the new smartphones that may be headed our way. Google has revealed a document for manufacturers that outlines the requirements to develop an Android, the Android Compatibility Definition.
First of all, the Play Store on the new version of Android OS comes with the feature of Fingerprint Payment Authentication for devices that have sensors such as the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. It conveys a more secure system where your fingerprint will be necessary to unlock your device, authorize transactions in the Google Play store or sign in to third-party apps.
A false acceptance rate of 0.002% or lower is one of the required specifications of this feature. Future devices will have to adopt this feature, before it is up to the manufacturers to implement it or not.
A mandatory full-encrypted disk is now necessary on Android Marshmallow that requires Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) crypto performance above 50MiB/sec. Google has already enabled this by default on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
To conserve power, another feature is the Android phones’ Doze mode. When your phone is not being used, Doze limits the resources that it uses and enables it to automatically go into a deep sleep mode. Emil Protalinski reports for VentureBeat that features like your phone’s alarm clock, won’t be altered when the device is on sleep mode. A related feature that reduces the state of activity on your apps is called App Standby. This will simply put your seldom-used apps in standby to extend battery life.
“All apps exempted from App Standby and/or Doze mode MUST be made visible to the end user. Further, the triggering, maintenance, wakeup algorithms and the use of Global system settings of these power-saving modes MUST not deviate from the Android Open Source Project,” Google’s Compatibility Definition document reads.
Customers find these new requirements a great way to prevent device manufacturers from deceiving them. Now Android clients can be assured that their new smartphone or table is going to fulfill their expectations since all of Marshmallow’s features will be available on their devices.