Friday, 19 June 2015

Android M fit or just another FAD? Find Out

Android M is unveiled and as per it's preview it seems that it will undo the mishaps done by 'interruptions' mes of Lollipop. 

Android Lollipop's “interruptions” system created a lot of furore in the mobile world. The cause of all this ruckus was the basic mute functionality which came with choices such as "all," "priority" or "none." Android 5.1 though came up with some amendments in interruptions, making the the modes easier to comprehend and switch when a different mode is active. This was not well received by ordinary users as for them it was just another piece of technology which served a problem that did not even existed. 

Drave Burke at the recent Google I/O agreed that the volume tweaks in Lollipop were not well accepted. Wherefore, he promised to come up with a much simpler solution in their next OS release. This, I/O raised many eyebrows including various Android app development firm, as they bank on Google for a lot of things. 

Though, nothing is final as Android M is still a preview from the developers. However, there are several other new changes which we need to ponder over.
Let's find out! 

'Interruptions' is now 'Do Not Disturb'
Android M amalgamates the interruptions system and is tagged with the name of — Do Not Disturb. As per the developer preview, the new Do Not Disturb mode allows you to go to the mode via quick settings menu which is present in the notification shade. All you need to do is to just tap on the icon to switch to another mode.
  • Priority mode is similar to the Lollipop's functions. This let's you block all the unwanted calls baring a few whom you consider important.
  • Another feature named as Total silence blocks all the interruptions which includes the alarms as well.
  • One thing which is refreshing is M is the Alarms only mode which blocks interruptions except your alarms.
The developers preview showed that the mode switching option cannot be find in the settings of the app, wherein it is found in the quick settings.
If you will follow this path : Settings -> Sound & notification -> Do not disturb menu you will just be able to set the “Priority only” mode and get to access control over automatic Do Not Disturb rules. 

Note that the priority interruptions still exists 
One thing which was to be noted that priority interruptions were still there though were a little less prominent. To switch to the priority only mode you just need to go to the quick setting area, from where you can control sounds and message alters just by a tapping for once on the “more settings” option or you can follow this path Settings > Sound & notification > Do not disturb. This mode enumerates the option of each mode and also gives options to choose the time period in hours. 

It also leverages you to allow voice calls, text messages from each and every person on your contact list, or from every one irrespective of the fact that they are on you contact list or not, or only from particular contacts which you have starred. Along with this they have added the feature of priority mode which allows the call if the call is repeated within a time span of 15 minutes. 

Let's wait and watch whether Android M turns out to be MUTE or Magnificent. Well a lot of companies who are looking Android App Developer for Hire must be vigilant, so as to find out the most aware developers.

However, the preview did not gave an option to hop from one mode to another from the volume slider bar like the one we had in Lollipop. But switching modes is still quite simple , all you need to know where to see. 


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. the article you have posted is very informative. Plus it has alot of technical points.
    event planner app

  3. The last part of your article "Note that the priority interruptions still exists" is not clear to me... Can you explain it in detail???
    us smartphone applications developer firm