We'll get a major Android release every year from now on: Android M tomorrow, Android N in 2016


Google I/O 2015 starts tomorrow and all eyes are fixated onto Android M, the next savory chapter in Android's history. Android M, which is internally known as "Macadamia Nut Cookie", will dethrone Android Lollipop from the top spot. 

From the looks of it, Android M will have roughly a year to reign, as its successor, Android N, is said to certainly arrive in 2016. This is not a rumor, mind you - Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android, confirmed that Android M is indeed coming tomorrow, but that's certainly not the biggest piece of news he broke.

Lockheimer revealed that there will be a major new version of Android every year from now on and Google will undertake a “yearly cadence of big releases" - Android M, as we said, will arrive tomorrow, Android N will see the light of day sometime in 2016, closely followed by Android O (Oreo, anyone?) in 2017, Android P in 2018, and so on.

Yes, we shouldn't expect any minor "incremental" yearly releases from now on. Here's to hoping that each of the upcoming yearly releases will be polished enough and not just rushed.

source: Droid-life 

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79 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Should be android marshmallow

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

MnM sounds better :)

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maccarone Chaccarone

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Mocha frappe would work, although I guess it's more coffee than dessert. Still, it sounds the best. Although having special edition green m & ms would be cool.

66. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Pro: - New features and improvement every year.(Nexus or alike devices) - Lighter modified OS on every new phone and faster upgrade OS on older phones.(Other Mfr.) Con: - More features on newer devices, lesser on older phones!!!

69. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Android Maltesers

74. waddup121 unregistered

Android Maybach

79. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're right bout that should be called Marshmallows. I think Google is now doing the Alphabet soup

84. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

What will they do after Z, when they have used up all the alphabets ?

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If they play cards right than this could be good but if there are still bugs not fixed in previous versions than its bad

31. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

so android fans gonna get new wallpapers n cool icons every year yay! but i'm thinkin, android fans still buy these better performance, better battery life... bulls**t from google?! it's been about 3 years since android 4.0 released n this OS still has ram issues, battery issues... if your phone need needs 3 to 4 gbs of ram to run fast n smooth, its os sucks. go buy iphone, windows phone devices, blackberry... try another os to see how bad android is instead of wasting 600-700$ on android devices that won't get any update after 6 months...

39. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Let them be happy with their choice and u be happy with your choice and stop trolling.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Tried the others, Android is the best. Deal with it.

47. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

So you think iOS, WP and BB are perfect?

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why not just let em use what they want dude? That's the same argument a lotta of Apple users put forth, iOS, Windows, and some others aren't for everyone just like android isn't.

58. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

Phones need 3 to 4 GBs of RAM to run fast and smooth? News to me As i said before RAM = more app you can run concurrently I'm daily driving an android and ios device and i've used wp device on daily basis before. There isn't a whole lot of difference between the three.

73. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google will still do incremental updates, like 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and 5.1.1. Google will not wait an entire year to fix a bug (in some cases).

3. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

what will happen when Android reach "Z"?

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Google will finally choose Sony to make the next Nexus. :P

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....Its high time they chose Sony. The way Sony is going they might not be around in the mobile industry too long. Come on Google, Sony NEEDS you !

12. gaming64 unregistered

Android Zingy Lemon Sherpots anyone?

20. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Android zucchini

22. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

In 14 years time who knows if we will still be using smartphones? Could be something else completely by then!

24. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It will restart with AA, AB AC...like excel cells.

81. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

They will restart with fruit names, starting with Android Apple. So you will buy the Samsung S20, powered by Apple. Meanwhile, Apple will be built entirely of Samsung parts.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They will start using appetizers or entrees starting with A.

57. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Android malware, delicious.

59. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lame.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Android Macaroon.

6. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We hope after Lollipop Google do not stop most of there Play Store Applications from Working Right,because All the Data on/off Widgets would not work on Lollipop,Google needs to Improve the Battery Life on Android,as we get to many Applications on Android running when you do not even use them.that is Why Rooting as become popular to Stop this happening and Improve the Battery Life on phones

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