The final build of Android Lollipop has only just arrived on the Nexus 6and Nexus 9, but already we're looking forward to Android M. Here's everything we've heard so far about Android M, including a possible release date and new feature speculation. Also see: Android Advisor.
Before Android Lollipopwas confirmed, no-one really knew whether it would be called Android 4.5 or Android 5.0. After all, Ice Cream Sandwich(4.0- to 4.0.4), Jelly Bean(4.1- to 4.3.1) and KitKat(4.4- to 4.4.4) were all 4.x versions. In the end Google went with 5.0 for Lollipop. It's not yet known whether Android M will be simply a point upgrade or Android 6.0.
Following Android Alpha and Android Beta, Google has always named its Android OS updates after sweet treats, and in alphabetical order. So far we've had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. We know M will be next, and we know it will be something tasty.
Just what that tasty treat will be is not yet known. Most speculation refers to Android M as Android Milkshake or Android Marshmallow. Our personal favourites are Android Mars and Android Milky Way - although Google insists KitKat was named after the Nestle product simply because it liked KitKats, we could be about to see another Nestle tie-up here. (Robots and spacemen go together in our minds in any case.)
Other potential names might include Android Malteser, Android Macaroon, Android Meringue Pie (forget the lemon), Android Moon Pie, Android Mint and Android Milk Dud. Any other suggestions? Comment below.
Android M: Spotted in the wild
Even before Android Lollipop was announced there were reported sightings of Android M.
If previous Android OS release dates are anything to go by, we reckon we'll see the final version of Android M at the end of October or early November 2015, although like Lollipop it may be announced at Google I/O in June.
Android Lollipop was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and launched on the Nexus 9 on 3 November 2015; Android KitKat was announced in September 2013 and appeared on the Nexus 5 on 31 October 2013.
Android M: New features
No concrete details are available on what new features will appear in Android M, although there are a few things users would like to see. Some of these include Google Fit and Google Now integration, an extreme power-saving mode as standard, a proper messaging hub, improved performance, better synching of notifications across devices, improved parental controls, more gestures and enterprise features. Also see: 5 things we want to see in Android M.