This Recode article provide a solid, but concise review of the new Android M operating system announced today. Included in the update are 3 key payments functions: 1) Pay at NFC POS terminals 2) Make purchases in apps with a single tap (with integrated loyalty) and 3) banks and retailers can build their own apps on top of the Android M application layer.
At its I/O developer conference on Thursday, Google unveiled Android M, the latest version of its globally dominant mobile OS, along with a pair of new mobile payments products. Android M lacks the audacity of Lollipop, the version introduced last year that included new functionality for TV, wearable devices and cars. But the new version contains some updates for those platforms, as well as significant tweaks to lure more developers to the OS. This is also very much executive Sundar Pichai’s Android. The new Android takes the three units he oversees — Android, Chrome and Apps — and more deeply intertwines them. The developer updates include several features to tighten the webbing between Google’s mobile and browser software and removes the barriers separating apps from the mobile Web.