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Android M to be introduced at Google I/O 2015?

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Google to introduce Android M at I/O later this month

Google to introduce Android M at I/O later this month


Last year at Google I/O, Google introduced Android L which of course became Lollipop. With the release today of the schedule for I/O 2015, Google slipped and posted about a session called "Android for Work." A description of the event mentions how Android M is "bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces."

Before you get terribly excited, if anything we will probably be given just enough of a taste of the new Android build to whet our appetite. After all, only 10% of Android devices are loaded with Android 5.0 or Android 5.1 right now. While Google might show us some of what Android M can do during I/O, we might not even learn what "M" will stand for until months later. It wasn't until October, around three months after Google I/O was over, when Lollipop became official.

So what will Android M be? Some of the favorites include Muffin and Marshmallow. Or perhaps we will see Google make a deal with a chocolate company like it did with KitKat and Android M will be M&M's, the OS that melts in your mouth, not in your hands. Google I/O 2015 will run from May 28th to May 29th in San Francisco. By the way, Google has already removed the "Android for Work" session from the Google I/O schedule it released earlier today.

source: Google via AndroidPolice

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posted on 06 May 2015, 15:34 6

1. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Theyre going too fast....

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:09

5. Simona (unregistered)


like with everything .70% ppl has not even heard bout lolipop and M&M'S coming .. oh well..

posted on 06 May 2015, 17:18

12. waddup121 (unregistered)


Android M already. Damn.

posted on 06 May 2015, 18:13 4

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12503; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They are. Lollipop and its many issues is evidence that they are rushing OS updates out too quickly. 5.0 has had five releases so far.

KitKat was the best and most stable release. I wished Google had just released another version of it and held Lollipop off until this year.

posted on 06 May 2015, 19:16 4

20. tedkord (Posts: 10915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'll assume that you then also consider all the issues that IOS 8 had had so proud that Apple is rushing out updates, too.

No? Really?

posted on 06 May 2015, 19:44 5

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 4398; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Also tests have proven Android 5 to be more stable than iOS 8. But Kanye can't hear anything other than the rattling of his own empty head.

posted on 06 May 2015, 23:12 2

26. nodes (Posts: 696; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


really, i'm disappointed by Lollipop.
they say memory leak only affects Nexuses, but on my LG G2 it seems i need to restart it everyday, or else it will start to acting up(lags, stutters, etc).

and about iOS 8, i don't seem to find any bugs or crashes, other than Safari tabs reload if i open too many tabs on my iPad.

and based on my own experience,
no, Lollipop isn't more stable than iOS 8, not in any way.
it's the other way around.

posted on 06 May 2015, 23:52 4

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 4398; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, I'm still waiting for my phone to get lollipop but the family Nexus tablet has it and I really enjoy it. I do not have any hands on experience with iOS8, I just go based off of reports I hear online, and believe it or not, there's a lot of them.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-5.0-Lollipop-crashes-less-than-iOS-8-report-says_id65968

http://www.phonearena.com/news/These-Android-and-iOS-builds-will-crash-your-apps-more-often_id66009

http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTTPS-vulnerability-discovered-in-1500-iOS-apps_id68495

I know full well that Android L isn't without its issues, but iOS has a lot of issues that have failed to get addressed with each passing update. And then there always seems to be articles like the one below that come up fairly regularly about poor business ethics so it's difficult for me to support them.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apples-attempts-to-stop-free-music-streaming-has-the-DOJ-investigating_id68962

I'm not about to say that Google isn't innocent in everything they do, but with every project they're working on from Ara, Fi, Fiber, Loon, driverless cars, robotics, drones, Google Glass, Android Wear, Android VR, Cardboard, Chrome Bit... I just feel that if anything new and exciting happens in the tech world, odds are it'll come from them.

Apple has a new phone and tablet each year, yeah, they have updated specs from the year before, but who cares, the last thing they innovated was the mobile personal assistant which is now considered the least functional between Siri, Google Now and Cortana.

posted on 07 May 2015, 13:11

40. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


"... the last thing they innovated was the mobile personal assistant..."

and which is just as useless for non English speaking people as Google new or Cortana.

I truly miss the voice control from Nokia phones in the past. It didn't need to learn a word yet worked with every language. I also loved the ones which needed to learn words to perform certain actions (like on the K750 or K850) as they were therefore programmable into any language and worked much better then that cloud-based crap.

I'd love to get something like that implemented on these 2015 phones.

posted on 07 May 2015, 03:33

31. duartix (Posts: 290; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


What's your ROM?

posted on 07 May 2015, 08:38

35. tokuzumi (Posts: 950; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


What is the model of your LG G2? My wife's G2, AT&T model, has been running great with the 5.0.2 update.

posted on 07 May 2015, 09:13

36. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


That might be an issue with the G2 skin itself. I know the G2 has endlessly higher specs than my LG Volt does, but my Volt, running KitKat, gets laggy and stuff if I don't restart it daily. It too has the G2 skin on it though.

posted on 06 May 2015, 18:46

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 5551; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


A new cycle of wanting is upon us. Google tech wait for no one.

posted on 06 May 2015, 23:06 1

25. nodes (Posts: 696; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


man, they can't even make Lollipop work properly on Nexuses, yet they are going to release M.
and not to mention, Lollipop even barely on any other device beside Google's.

posted on 07 May 2015, 13:15

41. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Lolipop is completely useless on devices with LESS than 4GB and 32-bit cpu's. You might as well stick with Kitkat on devices like S5, G3, Z3. Kitkat ons these is stable and a lot of Lolipop features are implemented through their respective launchers anyway. So why bother?

At least in Kitkat 95% of the apps work perfect. While there's still some crashing apps on Lolipop.

posted on 07 May 2015, 02:18 1

29. haikallp (Posts: 201; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Theyre not actually. OEMs are the ones taking their own sweet time pushing the updates.

posted on 06 May 2015, 15:36

2. gdawilson (Posts: 50; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


I understand Google wants their Nexus line of devices to get the newest updates first, love the Nexus line (still using Nexus 4), if they want their new OS to be on every device they need to allow all other companies to release the new OS to their devices ASAP instead of months or half a year later!

posted on 06 May 2015, 15:48

3. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


And they have to go slowly about changing versions... KitKat and Jellybean are being used more than Lollipop yet.

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:13 5

9. gustavoace (Posts: 179; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


It is not google stoping OEM to update their devices. Sony and their open-minded program released AOSP to all Z line devices months ago, although the Sony's custom ROM is yet to be released.

OEM needs their customization to offer something more (more laggy?), and maybe if Google provide something like xposed framework by default, these customizations could be released as a in-app option, like CM-themes or GEL Settings.

The thing is: the delay in new versions is not in google's hand.

posted on 06 May 2015, 21:24

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 5551; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Actually it all about whether it will serve their interests. Google release their annual Android update because they need to stay ahead of the competition therefore serving their own interest.

OEM releasing timely update may serve their interest partially but wouldn't it be better if user accept the fact that they only get new software release with new device purchase.

Samsung show this fact very clearly, new model will always come with their latest software, older model that in the market for a longer period will get to update their device months later so as not to cannibalism the sales of their newer models.

Its call running a profitable business, which Apple inc has a complete mastery of it. Their profit speaks for themselves.

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:11 2

7. UglyFrank (Posts: 1622; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They should really release the update to manufacturers before announcing it.

posted on 07 May 2015, 08:20

34. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


OEM's DO receive the newest version of Android in advance before the public officially knows about it. Problem is that you the get the update at the leisure of when OEM sends it to the carrier When the carrier deems it to be "stable and not interfere with the network" then they decide when to release it to the handsets.

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:08

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 20630; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Most likely.

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:10

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2095; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Please say milkiway.

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:12

8. gustavoace (Posts: 179; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Nice to see new versions, but it would be nice to have all nexus in the same page first (looking at you, N9).

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:14

10. ThePython (Posts: 884; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Android M&M... I can get used to that. I do wonder what they'll use after running out of letters.

posted on 07 May 2015, 12:41

39. jonathanalexander9 (Posts: 61; Member since: 04 May 2015)


M this year,there is still N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z
so let's wait 13 years,haha :D

posted on 06 May 2015, 16:39

11. JMartin22 (Posts: 1966; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I don't really care if Android M is announced at a time when Lollipop just broke the 10% mark. The more progress made sooner, the better. Besides, if you have any hope or expectation of getting the latest Android firmware build, then you should preferably be on a flagship device anyway. Given the nature of the open source platform, it's unreasonable to expect it to be like a iOS, that's closed sourced, controlled by one company, and with only a few products in their line up to contend with, as far as software updates go.

Some low-end, mid-ranged or some Chinese products with no reputation or little support, are not likely to be first to receive the updates, naturally. So the options you have are choosing a manufacturer with a good track record of updating their premiere products or resort to third party community developers for getting a hint of what leaked builds have to offer. To be fair, certain manufacturers like Motorola, Sony and Samsung have been very good with updating their low or mid-ranged products with recent firmware updates.

Just do your research, if having the latest firmware revisions are what matter to you, there's no reason you shouldn't try to be savvy or know what kind of expectations to have.

posted on 06 May 2015, 17:36 4

13. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Hopefully they scrap crayola material designed for 8 year old. Go back to black and sexy google!

posted on 06 May 2015, 17:45

14. judik971 (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Buying a Nexus will solve the problem lol

posted on 06 May 2015, 18:16

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12503; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Muffin. Calling it now.

posted on 06 May 2015, 18:44

17. gaming64 (unregistered)


Google, please improve Android Lollipop. Don't try making fragmentation another thing again.

posted on 06 May 2015, 19:06 1

19. Cyberchum (Posts: 668; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Lollipop though a sweet name was very sour on my phone, kitkat tastes way better that's why I flashed back to it. The sooner lollipop is forgotten, the better, but they should take their time to make it worth it - getting tired of their burnt breads.

posted on 06 May 2015, 19:18

21. geusan (Posts: 137; Member since: 19 Oct 2014)


lolllipop makes s5 buggy, M&M will makes s6 buggy

posted on 06 May 2015, 20:49 1

23. Tuxedo (Posts: 344; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Fix Lollipoop first!!!

posted on 07 May 2015, 02:02

28. EbonyPericarp (Posts: 67; Member since: 02 May 2015)


I reckon it will be Android Marmite - some will love it, others will hate it.

posted on 07 May 2015, 03:15

30. Loubielou (Posts: 507; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


google might have speeded up Android,but Why?do most of the things from the Play Store will not work on Android now,as people loved the Data on/off Widgets on there phones or Tablets but now they will not Work on Lollipop,Why?have Google done this Seems Odd

posted on 07 May 2015, 03:42

32. AmirBudi (Posts: 77; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


Android M is coming, but still no Lollipop update for Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H, Indonesian version).

*disappointed customer*

posted on 07 May 2015, 07:20

33. CptPwn (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


Well, at least it's going to be 64-bit. xD Android MMMMMMMMMMM.

posted on 07 May 2015, 10:51

37. jdfieweger (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Unless they announce that carriers will not be involved in updating android phone anymore it does not matter. I understand what carriers do and for the most part they are to blame for the slow updating process, however this ultimately looks bad for Google and not the carriers. A 10% adoption rate on lollipop is ridiculous, I like Google and their products but fix the problem of getting out to the public faster. iOS is hands down better for updating their software and pushing it out. I understand people can root their device and flash over the updates but the average person is not going to have the slightest clue on how to do that. Don't announce anything Google until Lollipop is at 50% or more.

posted on 07 May 2015, 12:05

38. aegislash (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


I don't understand all of these comments about Google 'going too fast' with Android releases?

iOS 8 launched less than 8 months ago, and they're already on 8.4. Android 5.0 Lollipop launches less than 8 months ago, and they're only on 5.1 so far. If anything, Android M is going to be 5.2, or possibly 5.3.

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:15

44. elitewolverine (Posts: 5172; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Our carrier is still on 8.3, so far 9 versions of 8.

However, the difference being is that all iphones are 8 compatible will be on 8.3 or should be. Let me know when all 5.x devices are on the same version number.

The updates and number of updates are handled entirely different. iOS pushes a number update, where google pushes a services update via playstore. So you cannot directly relate the two.

posted on 07 May 2015, 16:21

42. chibbsthecat (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


Its gonna be M&M. Just trust me on this. If I get it right than someone has to give me 20 bucks.

posted on 07 May 2015, 18:45

43. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'll take that bet. I'm betting on Marshmallow.

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