A few months ago, Google, the search engine giant, unveiled the Android M OS. They’ve made the announcement at Google I/O 2015, and soon the developer preview was made available for download for the Nexus devices mentioned above.
Google says it will release monthly updates for the developer preview builds. As soon as the testing period is over, the Android 5.2 M update for Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be released to the public.
Unfortunately, Google didn’t specify a release date for the upcoming Android 5.2 M. Based on Android’s previous launches, it’s safe to assume that the operating system will be released sometime in October-November 2015.
The rumor mill suggests that, along with the Android 5.2 M OS, Google will release two new Nexus smart phones. One of them will be manufactured by Huawei, while the other will be built by LG (the company that made the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 for Google).
If the rumors prove correct, the Nexus device manufactured by Huawei will feature a 5.7inch Quad HD screen, a Snapdragon 810 or 810 SoC, 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C, and a fingerprint scanner. The one to be manufactured by LG will have a smaller display of only 5.2 inches and feature a Snapdragon 620 chipset, 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C and a fingerprint scanner.
Until now, Google has named its Android versions after desserts, in alphabetical order. In other words, after Lollipop, this year’s Android name will start with “M”. It’s not sure what name the new Android OS will have, but some are betting on one of the following: Muffin, Milkshake, M&M or Marshmallow.
When it comes to the version number of the Android M, it seems that it will be 5.2, and not 6.0, as everyone expected. This is because the update is not a major one (like the one from KitKat to Lollipop), so using the 6.0 version for Android M will make no sense.
You can now download the Android M preview build for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but keep in mind that you’ll most likely find a lot of bugs and errors, since the developers are still working on it.
The Android 5.2 M update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will also feature the automatic app data backup and restore feature. This feature has been requested by Android users for some time, and it seems that the developers finally listened.
In other words, the system will back up your app data to Google Drive every 24 hours – but remember that the backup is limited to 25MB. This will enables you to restore it when you buy a new device, which is pretty awesome.