Rumors are seriously firing up regarding Android M, the yet-unannounced platform many are expecting to see announced at Google I/O 2015. As we can see, there are a lot of rumors, in particular, regarding the software’s features, and how it can improve on existing Android versions, including the most recent Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop. As expected, many of these rumors relate to one of the biggest problems device owners have had with the platform for the longest time – the updating process.
Unlike iOS updates, which take just a few days to complete, Android updates tend to take weeks to fully roll out to everyone. As bad as that is for some users, that doesn’t include the waiting time for carriers to approve an update for rollout. This fragmentation issue can be very frustrating, and even if device owners know that updates are forthcoming once they’ve been announced, nobody likes waiting several days, or even weeks, for an update meant for everyone to arrive for one’s device. And while it’s not sure whether this will be addressed on Android M, a report from Android Police does touch on another updating issue – extended support for device owners.
The publication said in a recent report that Google Nexus phones that have Android M installed will get major software updates for two years, and will also receive security patches for three years. This applies to any Nexus device that would support Android M, but the catch is that the two-year span starts from the date of a device’s release – that effectively means the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) won’t get Android M. This, however, should be good news to anyone who owns a supported Nexus phone or tablet, and is unsure whether Android M will keep them covered if they’re able to install it on their device.
Google I/O 2015 will be kicking off on Thursday, May 28, so we should know in just a few days whether the above rumors will ring true. We would, however, definitely wish that Google finds a way to deal with the above mentioned fragmentation issue and the interminable wait many have to go through before they can upgrade their devices to a new Android version.