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Published on : Jun 01, 2015

Google has been working on the next version of its Android operating system which will pave new channels to fetch information, protect privacy, and pay merchants on mobile devices. Upgrading its Android operating system will help the technology giant to compete with its arch rival Apple. The upgrade will let Google Now, the personal assistant to Android, to work more efficiently. 

At Google’s annual developers’ conference, these renovations were revealed. However, Google will wait till early fall or late summer to introduce the upgraded operating system to the public. Interestingly, it would be the same time when Apple releases its new version of iOS software which works in iPad and iPhone. According to the research firm, International Data Corp., Android accounts for around 80% share in the global smartphone market, whereas iOS captures merely 16%. The annual up gradation of Android and iOS are becoming important with a growing number of smartphone users depending on them on a regular basis. Apple and Google intend to integrate their upgraded mobile technology into internet-connected appliances and automobiles. 

Presently called as M, the upcoming Android upgrade has following features:

  • Now on Tap: This android feature will help users to scan the available relevant content on an article, a song, a video clip, or topic of a text, through Google Now. 
  • Android Pay: This will replace Google Wallet to make mobile purchases in stores and applications. This has been termed as an alternative to the mobile payment system developed by Apple last year. 
  • Fingerprint scanners: The users will be able to verify their identities by pressing a button in place of entering a passcode.