Android M Promises Enhanced Privacy Controls For Users, Choices Over What Data Apps Can Access And More; When Will It Be Available?


Looks like Google is all set to unveil the latest iteration of its mobile OS which is currently codenamed Android M.

Android Lollipop might have jumped to almost 10 percent of devices last month, but all eyes are already turning to the next version, currently known by the codename, Android M (or Android 6.0).

Google gave a clue as to what letter the company will use to name the next Android.

Last year at Google I/O in June, Google unveiled Android 5.0 as “Android L” and later named it as Lollipop.

Plus, Google has always named its mobile OS version in alphabetical order.

A post for a session called “Android for Work Update” revealed in its first sentence, stating “Android M is bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces.” The search giant has since removed the entire posting for Android for Work session.

However, ARS Technica  was able to snap a screenshot.

Slated to arrive with enhanced notification features, Android TV and Android Auto support, the next Android version, Android M is expected to be what iOS 8 was to iOS 7, according to AndroidPit .

The big changes in Android’s interface, including the adoption of Material Design, have already been completed.

Android M may not look extremely different to Android Lollipop, besides evolutionary change and rectification rather than a brand new look.

On Wednesday, May 6, Google posted it lineup of events for its I/O conference, slated to run from May 27 – May 29.

The search giant holds its annual I/O for Android developers with sessions and workshops hoping to help them work with the mobile OS.

In addition, Google also uses the event to launch the next version of Android, CNet  noted.

According to reports, Android M will give users detailed choices as far as what data apps can access is concerned.

The next iteration of Android will provide users with detailed control over personal data such as phone numbers, names, locations and address.

Moreover, it will allow users to decide whether they want apps to access some, none or all of the data.

Google’s move to provide greater privacy control to its users comes after a similar move by rival Apple over two years ago.

Considering that Google had unveiled Android Lollipop in June 2014, but launched the mobile OS on the Nexus 9 in November last year, it looks like even if the search giant unveils Android M at Google I/O in June, the final version is likely to make its way to devices only by October or early November this year.

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