Android M to get version number 5.2, not 6.0, new evidence shows

Android M to get version number 5.2, not 6.0, new evidence shows
Generally speaking, in software development a new version number usually indicates the size or significance of the update — a jump from version 1.5 to version 2.0 is supposed to be a much bigger deal than a move from version 1.4 to 1.5. So when we transitioned from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4 KitKat, Google was telling us that something bigger is cooking for the 5.0 slot — Lollipop.

We've been hearing speculation that Google might not go for the 6.0 spot with Android M — whatever it ends up being called — and we may have our first significant clue suggesting as much. What we have is a screenshot taken from the new, exclusive to Android M, feature called 'demo mode', which, which clears notifications, simulates a full battery, and generally make the UI presentable for snaps. The important bit here is the clock — it shows 5:20. Demo mode is only available with the very latest Android M build, and not the previous one that we have loaded on our resident Nexus 6.

Android M to get version number 5.2, not 6.0, new evidence shows

Now, this may sound like grasping for straws, but if true, it won't be the first time bits of information are disclosed in exactly this manner and it does seem unlikely that this is a coincidence. In fact, manufacturers and software developers seem to love using the clock to make hints, and in a few months from now we'll know for sure if this wasn't yet another one.

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15 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Android has upped the primary counter only when there was big redesigns involved 2.0 > New design throughout the UI 3.0 > Holo + Android for tablets 4.0 > Holo for phones + unification of phones and tablets 5.0 > Material design and Android M is as material as it can get... so it was a no brainer it would remain within Android 5 family TBH

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

l wonder what is the next UI design after the material.

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

probably something flatter, with less animations cuz sometimes material seems too redundant to me

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No they won't have any more UI redesigns without a complete overhaul of the system now. Thing is, all three platforms now have their "thing". iOS is flat with transparency layers, Android is Flat with solid layers with a focus on animations with meaning, MS is flat and transparent a bit with a focus on functional. They will now all focus on under the hood changes and the first to realize that they need to start from square 0 will win the next generation.

15. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

back to skeuomorphism..maybe!

8. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

5.0 > Material design + 64 bit. :)

3. h27_Venom

Posts: 76; Member since: May 16, 2014

isn't it obvious already? For How many years you are writing the articles on Android? The major jump only happens when there are major CHANGES and REDESIGNS. and looking at all the bugs and current adoption rate of 11.6% with lollipop. its very unlikely that they are going to make a major jump. This update will only improve lollipop and make some minor changes and add some features which were supposed to be introduce with lollipop release but were not able to due to all the initial memory leak issues.

5. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I know lol. Why would they go to 6 if its an incremental upgrade? It's common sense that they will use 5.2.

6. Seong-gyun

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

My friend who is a Samsung insider confirmed that Android M stands for "Marmalade".

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Unfortunately he isn't a Google insider to tell you the truth :)

7. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

That is not a surprise. Because a lot of tech community feels android M is what lollipop should have been in the first place. Any average user will feel the same once they use final version of 'M'. Google is hell bent on material design, which is not a bad thing. So the bugs they had with 'L' were ironed out and some really practical features are being added to 'M'. However it is not a major overhaul. Something like ICS - JB type transition. Similar ui but better experience and performance.

9. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

This has been known the day preview 2 came out... You guys are pretty slow :/

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Still waiting for 5.1 on my edge. Hurry up!

13. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Who cares about the version number?... I just want a good optimized and bugless update. BTW... I'm rocking 5.1.1 on my Galaxy S6 and I can say that there is room for improvement.

14. danthewires334

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Rocking the nexus 6 5.1.1 no issues :)

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