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Android ‘M’ coming later this month at Google I/O

In keeping with tradition, Google will be introducing the next version of Android at its developer conference, Google I/O, later this month. The news of Android M comes from a description of one of the conference’s many sessions that was briefly visible in the I/O schedule. The session is for the “Android at Work” initiative, noting that Android M “brings the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces.” Though the session description was promptly removed, Google uses an alphabetical naming convention for their major Android releases, and the current version, Lollipop, was codenamed ‘L’ until it’s public release in the fall of 2014.

It is worth noting that Android continues to push yearly major software updates through their “Nexus” line, but there’s a slow rollout of the latest version by manufacturers. Only 10% of Android devices in customers’ hands today are running Android Lollipop.

Some of the new Android features rumoured to be announced at Google I/O include: the aforementioned focus on Enterprise with “Android for Work”, a restructured notifications system, and expanding the voice control capabilities of the platform with a featured called “Voice Access”. Previous schedule mishaps also point to new features surrounding ‘proximity-based communication’. All this will certainly make for a very interesting conference.

All will be revealed soon, as Google I/O begins, as usual, with a keynote address on May 28th at 12:30 PM, and we’ll be there live to cover the whole thing!

[source]The Verge[/source]

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