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Android 6.1 rumored to come in June 2016, another feature detailed

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Android 6.1 rumored to come in June 2016, another feature detailed
The rumor mill for what to expect from Google in 2016 is already in full gear, including Nexus rumors and a couple of things to expect from Android 6.1. The latest rumor even goes so far as to give a release window (one that we have assumed before could be a potential time frame) as well as a couple of features in the next version of Android (one of which has already been confirmed by Google employees).

We will admit up-front that this is a rumor that has not been verified and some of the info does conflict with previous reports. Starting with the new information, the rumor claims that Google will be working on cleaning up the revamped permissions system that was introduced in Android 6.0. The speculation is that there are security concerns surrounding apps with screen overlay permissions being able to trick users into agreeing to permissions that overreach. 

Where the rumor starts to mix with previous reports/rumors and educated guesses is that Android 6.1 will be released in June of 2016, which is something we mentioned was possible given the rumors about the HTC Perfume and comments made by the Google Pixel team in a reddit AMA. The rumor also claims that split screen functionality will be in Android 6.1, which again is something confirmed by the Pixel team themselves in the AMA. 

However, the rumor claims Android 6.1 will keep the Marshmallow nickname, while the Pixel team said that split screen was in the works for "Android N", implying a nickname change on the way. Alphabet jumps in the past have often been tied to UI changes, including a persistent Google search bar (Android 2.0), the Holo theme and Roboto font (Android 4.0), Material Design (Android 5.0), and Google Now on Tap (Android 6.0). So, split screen could be a big enough change to warrant the new nickname. Of course, Google has been known to mislead when it comes to the name, so the Pixel team may not be the most reliable source. 

Either way, don't be surprised if we see the next Android update announced and/or released around Google I/O in June. 

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posted on 16 Dec 2015, 12:50

1. WeezyF (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2015)


lets see how it turns out to be..

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 13:11 6

2. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


No word on Vulkan support :/

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 23:51

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4104; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


There's definitely been many indicators that Vulkan support is coming

http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/11/25/google-hires-a-dedicated-team-to-implement-support-for-the-vulkan-graphics-api-in-upcoming-versions-of-android/
http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2015/08/low-overhead-rendering-with-vulkan.html

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 13:25 4

3. ullokey (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Now that there is a Indian at helm, i would like to see the names of some Indian sweets ;)

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 13:27 2

4. WeezyF (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2015)


hell no greedy bastard..

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 18:39 1

9. Unordinary (Posts: 1169; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


How is that being greedy? Your ignorant *** is probably also running for Trump.

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 10:32

19. Brewski (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


What does "running for Trump" mean?

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 13:28 2

5. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 762; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


fire that Indian then, problem solved :p hahaha

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 13:29

6. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Maybe the next time through the alphabet. Halfway there!

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 00:56

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


English is a universal language. English name please, it doesnt matter who is running the show. Please dont suggest racism of pro or anti, you will get favorable and unfovorable remarks...

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 17:26 4

7. zeeBomb (Posts: 1783; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Android nutella

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 18:13 3

8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


It's the reason I carry the Samsung Note Series Phablet... Split-Screen coming in Android "N", haha TouchWiz already has that and more. O.o

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 22:43

11. sgodsell (Posts: 3229; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Marshmallow already has a hidden split screen. Users just have to enable the feature.

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 22:57 1

13. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Really? How do I enable this on my Nexus 6P?

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 09:03

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 4100; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I think you're wrong with this. They did have the feature hidden in the beta build but I read that it was completely removed in the final version. If I'm wrong, let me know, I'll check it out!

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 20:36 1

10. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Why care in the end when most phone don't have 6.0 yet. If it is released on nexus by June, other android phones will see it by December Lol.

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 22:47

12. combatmedic870 (Posts: 555; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Nah... Maybe January- February 2017

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 00:11 1

15. NonFanBoy (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 May 2015)


Google had already confirmed way back about the change in their naming scheme. The android version name will be updated every year.
2015-M
2016-N
2017-O.....
"However, the rumor claims Android 6.1 will keep the Marshmallow nickname, while the Pixel team said that split screen was in the works for "Android N", implying a nickname change on the way."
Don't understand why there is confusion

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 04:34

17. Rocket (Posts: 185; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I wish google could use capacitive keys on nexus devices or samsung use stock android on their phones.

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 13:23

20. Rhinoface (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


I hate capacitive keys. They don't feel as responsive.
My Razr M responds to the buttons faster than my Droid Turbo.

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