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Android M set for Google I/O launch

Android M set for Google I/O launch

Android M, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, looks set to be revealed at the company’s annual I/O developer event at the end of the month.

I/O, which is the search giant's version of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) runs from May 27th to May 29th.

In a post on the event’s site about a session called ‘Android for Work Update’, Google said: “Android M is bringing the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces.

"This opens huge new markets for hundreds of millions of devices to workers at small business, deskless workers, logistics and warehouse jobs.”

What this means in practice for users is unclear. And it's made even more opaque by the fact that Google has since removed the post.

However, it does seem to point towards Google creating more enterprise-focused apps, possibly with improved security, in order to take on big players in the business space, such as BlackBerry and Samsung.

There’s no word yet on what the ‘M’ will stand for? Malteser, perhaps? Or marshmallow?

The news comes as new figures this week revealed that 2014’s Android Lollipop is installed on just 9% of Android phones.

That number is set to rise as more devices pre-installed with the OS reach the market.


Ars Technica

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