The latest version of Android Lollipop has only recently made an entry into the market and a majority of the devices still haven’t received the upgrade, but already we are looking forward to Android M or 6.0. A lot of speculations are floating in the market around what could be expected from this mysterious Android M. Here is what we know:
1. Android M will most likely have a lot of similarities to Android Lollipop. The new version is rumored to include improvements in notifications. Google might unify notifications from all platforms. As a result, when people receive a notification on one device, the same will appear on all their devices.
2. The Smart Home will be an integral feature of Android, offering full control over various linked devices located in the home and office through Nest and other third-party developers.
Here’s a video by Android Hackz explaining the concept of Android M
3. Taking a reference to the previous Android OS release dates, people are reckoning, they have the final version of Android M in the market by the end of October or early November 2015, although like Lollipop it may be announced at Google I/O in June.
4. Before Android Lollipop was 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. Eventually, Google went on with 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 been naming 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.
Now, what would ‘M’ stand for? Some are of the opinion that it would be ‘Marshmallow’ while a few opine, it would be ‘Muffin’. Android ‘Milkshake’ is another speculation.
5. Users’ demand: Although no concrete details are available on the features of Android M, 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.
6. According to the latest rumour from Reuters, Android M will be operate in and be built directly into cars, independently of a paired smartphone, with Google taking a much stronger focus on Android Auto.
“It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on”, said Gartner’s Thilo Koslowski.