Sunday , August 19 2018

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Google has posted the schedule for its annual developers conference Google I/O, and it looks like they’ve snuck a reference to the next version of Android — Android M — into the agenda. There’s plenty of other things in there too, of course, but the mention of Android M is sure to set chins wagging.

As you can see in the screenshot of the schedule above, there’s a mention of Android M in one of the sandbox sessions called ‘Android for Work Update‘, which says that Android M will bring the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces. If we follow the same pattern as last year, we could see a developer preview edition announced at I/O 2015, followed by a wider consumer release later in the year.

There’s every likelihood this was inadvertent, or a case of Google having a play with us, because now, that session information has been removed. Here’s hoping it was a deliberate slip of the tongue and Android M will firmly be on the agenda. There’s been very little information about the next version of Android thus far, as the roll-out of Lollipop has been so much slower than we’d all hoped.

Let’s see what happens in a couple of weeks.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Android Mint. I like the sound of that.

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As much as I love an updated OS, How about we just get lollipop working well rather than jumping to the next version when issues from the last one are still there and a pain.

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M will most likely be a minor update, not a MAJOR update like 4.x -> 5.x was. M will be a 5.2 or 5.5 update.

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Google has said it will always do one major release a year. Last year lollipop was pre-released even when KitKat hadn’t had a major install base yet!! So M will be no different

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Also IIRC, last year KK was still being bugfixed when LL was in pre-release at I/O
I do agree with the sentiment p expressed, that the current OS should have its major bugs fixed, before the pre-release announcements for the next OS start.

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Yeah Lollipop was meant to fix all the kitkat bugs, so hopefully M will fix all the Lollipop bugs 😉

But I don’t really know why google does a preview, when the memory bugs reported over and over and over again still made it to the release without being fixed!!

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