Google is preparing for the launch of its new Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Android M) OS, with the system to include a range of new features that will enhance functionality for future Android users.
PC Advisor reports the tech giant's latest OS is set to be included in the new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 handsets as standard, while the Android M developer preview is already available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.
Details of the updated features of the operating system are being released all the time, with some of the standout enhanced functionality of Android M including the ability to more effectively manage permissions for installed apps.
Android M will allow users to manually assign the permissions granted to apps, ranging from access to personal details, to location, pictures, contacts and messages.
Furthermore, battery issues affect many mobile users and enhancing the charge life of a smartphone is one problem developers are continually attempting to address. With this in mind, Android M offers the new Doze feature, which will automatically turn off unused features when they have been inactive for a set period of time.
Android Pay is another new feature that will benefit users in the latest Google OS. Set to be available for all devices equipped with an NFC chipset, Android Pay will enable consumers to make purchases using only their mobile phone at affiliated retailers.
Finally, following in the footsteps of Apple's biometric security for its own handheld devices, the new Android M OS will feature fingerprint-scanning technology designed to enhance security for future users.
Able to both lock the phone and to secure individual functions and apps, the scanner system will also be used as an additional level of verification for those making use of Android Pay.