Android M Developer Preview 3 delayed, will be a "near final" release


Following Android M Developer Preview 2, this month, Google was supposed to launch Android M Developer Preview 3 for select Nexus devices. However, we're now learning that the release is being delayed. The info was shared by a Google employee via the Android M Developer Preview community page on Google+, so it's as official as it gets.

The reason for the delay is that Google wants Android M Developer Preview 3 to be "a near final release", and needs a little bit more time to work on it. In other words, the new Developer preview will likely be available pretty soon, but, for now, Google doesn't have an exact launch date to share with us.

Google is expected to introduce not one, but two new Nexus smartphones as the world's first Android M devices: one made by LG, and another one made by Huawei. Both could be released in October. That's also when Android M should get its final name, as well as a version number (which will likely be 5.2, not 6.0).

Android M is an incremental upgrade over Android 5.1 Lollipop, bringing features like a streamlined interface, enhanced volume controls, individual app permissions, improved battery life, and more.

source: Google+ via Android Police

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19 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I think this update would be crucial for my tablet. Hoping to see better stand by battery life. Not hoping to get it on phone, already 2.5 year old.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

As google gonna release android update once a year, phone manufactures should give 3 updates for their devices.

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Pretty much only android flagships get updates, the majority do not get updated.

21. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Android 1 is not flagship

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Let's hope M isn't a mess like lollipop was. Absolutely unacceptable for what Lollipop was.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Operating systems don't seem to be google's strong point. Google is better at targeted advertising and buying other companies.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Right. Operating systems aren't the strong point of the company that put out the most powerful, flexible and functional mobile OS that is chosen by 8 of every 10 users. And basketball wasn't Michael Jordan's forte.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually Google didn't put out anything. They bought Android just like they did YouTube. Learn to history.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're right. Android is exactly as it was when they bought it. They didn't do any work on it. But, at least they did buy it, not simply steal it like Apple with the GUI.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'll assume you feel the same way about OSx since it was bought from Next, and by extension IOS since it's based on OSx

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Next was co founded by Steve jobs just like Apple, many of the people at Next also belonged to apple and worked on the mac...when Apple bought Next, Jobs returned and worked on OSx and IOS...so it can't be related to android and google.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I never said it was related to Google, only that Apple bought it. Which they did. It's just one example of many to expose his hypocrisy. Siri is another. The fingerprint scanner. Multi-touch. All purchases not originally developed by Apple.

17. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Apple's operating systems aren't that great either. OSX has double the number of security vulnerabilities than Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 combined. Oh and IOS? It's the most vulnerable mobile operating system(and just like OSX it has more than double the security vulnerabilities of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 combined). OSX also does not run as efficiently Windows 10. The funniest thing is Windows 10 boots faster on a macbook and runs more smoothly than OSX does. Apple has a lot of work to do to catch up with the security and stability of Windows.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm sure you're also hopeful that IOS 9 won't be the mess that 7 and 8 were, also. Right?

14. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Why do you feel that lollipop was a mess? what is so unacceptable about it?....and what makes ios better than lollipop?

15. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Apple logo.

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Because if it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone hahaha!

19. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Plutonium239 could you provide a link of an article that supports your claims because last time I checked Apple has (since a long time) a great reputation with security. They are not perfect of course but they do a great job in that regard.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Looking forward to Android M.

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