Android M Coming to Google I/O on May 28

Even though it has only recently started to get deployed on a larger number of devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop has actually been around for almost a year already. Formerly known simply as Android L, Lollipop was unveiled to the world at last year’s Google I/O keynote. And with this year’s keynote scheduled for later this month, we’re fully expecting to see the formal announcement of Android M.

On a more official front, Google hasn’t made any sort of formal announcement regarding the next version of its mobile operating system. That said, there was one session on the Google I/O schedule that made mention of “Android M” before being pulled from the website. Given this, we don’t actually know all too much about Android M. We can make a number of educated guesses, though.

Since Lollipop has already progressed to Android 5.1, the assumption is that Android M will go up to the next full number and be released as Android 6.0. Some of the Google I/O session descriptions make passive mentions of Android M too, commenting on how it will bring the “power of Android to all kinds of workplaces” and how it will rework how the platform handles “interruptions.” And then there’s talk of Voice Access, “a service that gives anyone access to their Android device through voice alone.”

Of course, we’re also left guessing what the “M” in Android M will stand for. Will they go cheesy with Mascarpone? Delicate with Macaroon? Will the Android Milkshake bring all the developers to the yard? In any case, Google I/O will kick off with the Sundar Pichai keynote at 12:30pm on May 28th. That’s a Thursday, for those of us playing along at home.


Via The Verge

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