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Android M Due Tomorrow, Yearly Launches for Future Versions

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

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With Google I/O due to start tomorrow we are all awaiting the first official details about Android M, the next full version of Google's mobile OS. The developer conference will be used to announce the new platform, although Android M is unlikely to land until the end of the year. That will be one year after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it seems as though we will now be treated to a new Android build on a yearly basis.

At the moment Android M is internally known as "Macademia Nut Cookie" but it is unlikely to have that name when the platform rolls out in November. Regarding the new release on a yearly basis, that is official as Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android (in the process of confirming Android M for tomorrow) said that main builds will be launched yearly, with Android N due in 2016 and Android O in 2017.

Of course, Apple has been doing a similar thing with iOS for years, but in terms of Android we are a little worried about this strategy. The platform struggles with fragmentation and a new release every year will only make that problem worse. While Apple can boast 80% of better adoption during a yearly life cycle of iOS, Android cannot match the number, or even get close. As Android fans, we would prefer Google to let each build grow and have space to become more dominant within the market.

Sadly that is not going to happen. Tell us what you think, do you agree or not?

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