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Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details

Published May 26th, 2015 8:25AM EDT
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Google is about to unveil Android M, its next major Android update, but various reports have already provided details regarding what’s in store for Android fans. However, in addition to new features such as fingerprint recognition and a new photos app, Google also wants to improve Android’s performance with its M release, and it will accomplish its goal in a fashion similar to Apple’s plans with iOS 9.

Furthermore, a new report also shares details about potential release timing for the upcoming new version of Android.

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Apple is rumored to make quality one of the central features of iOS 9, which should be optimized to run on older iPhones and iPads. Google might have a similar plan in mind, and it could make Android M even more memory- and energy-efficient.

According to Android Police‘s sources who have been reliable in the past, Google is taking a renewed interest in battery and RAM usage with Android M.

Google wants to cut location check-ins when possible, and reduce RAM usage as well by further limiting activity when a device’s screen is off. These moves should fix RAM issues on certain devices and improve battery life at the same time. Google will reportedly explain the new performance improvements in greater detail at Google I/O.

A developer preview of Android M will be available for testing after I/O, just like Android Lollipop last year. The final release date for Android M is now said to be sometime in August, which would be much earlier than Google’s usual fall launches for major Android updates.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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