Android M in pictures: Sneak an early peek into the next major update

Android M in pictures: Sneak an early peek into the next major update
While Android M is not expected to land on commercial devices until sometime in the third quarter of this year, Google's been extremely fast with putting a very early, developers-only preview up on the web. As per usual, we were stalking the page in question whilst execs were still pacing the stage at Google I/O 2015, and our relentless has been rewarded — we not only got a copy of the new firmware, but have already loaded it on our resident Nexus 6 and even spent some time with it.

Now, first things first — this is a very early version of Android M. In fact, Google has promised at least two more versions within the preview window before M becomes a market reality. All of this means that anything and everything is subject to change, and we may very well have some major changes in functionality and the way certain features look and behave like. And, before we get into the meat of it, keep in mind that the so-called Now on Tap functionality is still not part of Google Now — we get an a prompt telling us this outright. So, for now, we can't test out how Google Now works within apps.

Without any further ado, here's how the earliest of early versions of Android M looks like on a Nexus 6.



1. Takeharu

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Please tell me you can switch back to the old/horizontal scrolling app drawer because I can't stand vertical scrolling ones!

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Worst case scenario Use Nova or Apex instead :) Personally, I prefer Nova Prime anyway

8. Takeharu

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Agreed. And besides it'll only be a matter of time before Xposed is working on M and we can get GEL Xposed settings to change it back.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am not a fan of vertical scrolling ones either but for some reason they are smoother vertical. I have no idea why but take a really low powered android device and download a launcher, the vertical app drawers don't lag but the horizontal ones do. Go figure.

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Alphabetized vertical app list is a Windows phone feature, google figured this made more sense.

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Don't you know that HTC's had this for years???

18. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

i like to organize my app drawer my self, what they did is a step back.

17. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

This is nothing but xperia lollipop ui. Same colors, same icons, same fonts

2. gadgeteer

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Stock Android is so ugly. Google continues to disappoint. KitKat still far better than Lollipop or M. Android has become so dull and underwhelming since Andy Rubin left. ;(

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wow Android looks as dull as WP. Thats bad.

5. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

This may sound crazy but my favorite stock Android version is Jellybean.

7. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Every time i can't believe how much screen realestate they waste in almost every screen.You would think it would be priority number one, users are buying bigger and bigger phones because the screens are tiny, yet Google keeps cutting huge chunks of it. This one seems rtaher ugly too and lacking a constant.

9. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Expandable volume control, android is catching up fast

14. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

catching up?? to who??? please dont say ios?

11. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Somebody fire this "material design" head guy already! lol. Just when you think L couldn't get any uglier and basic looking, they come up with this! We've got high res screens so give us detail, dark, sleek layouts already, not something a 4 yr old can come up with! lol

12. Riderocket

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Hmm, I see google have run out of ideas and have turned to Microsoft designs.

13. av911 unregistered

Never understood why the Quick Settings require taking up the whole screen. One big reason I don't use "stock" Android. And you can't even customize it to your own liking.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The color scheme is horrible! There is no transparency throughout panels, etc! iOS looks way more polished.

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