Google I/O 2015 is set to go down tomorrow May 28 at Moscone Center West, San Francisco, CA. One of the biggest announcements tomorrow is the release of the Android M, the next step in the Android evolution ladder. Android M (internally known as Macadamia Nut Cookie) is set to dethrone Android L from its current reign.
The coming of Android M tomorrow is not a rumor. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android has indeed confirmed that Android M will be launched at tomorrow’s Google I/O 2015. It gets even better; Lockheimer further said that Google, starting tomorrow will be releasing a newer version of the Android OS after every year.
So if you can count the alphabet with me, it will be Android M for 2015, Android N for 2016, Android O for 2017, Android P for 2018 and so on. I wonder what they will call it after 13 years when they will run out of alphabets, if they maintain this alphabetical order naming.
Maybe along the way they will also do what Microsoft did. Start with Windows 7, go to Windows 8 then skip a number to Windows 10. As if trying to get users’ mind off Windows 8 once we all start using the upcoming Windows 10. Windows 8 didn’t quite work out as Microsoft had hoped. So the further from Windows 8 they take our minds, the faster Microsoft hopes we will forget the ‘fail Windows’.
Back to Android, version M arrives tomorrow, Android N sometime in 2016 and so on. But let’s hope the products will be released when it is fully polished and not rushed just to adhere to the timeline. Some consumers would also like to be early adopters without running into the risk of turning their devices into a test-lab for running prototypes. Thus becoming a lab subject for these software companies in terms of tweaking and debugging on prototype software. Like the consumers already running Windows 10 Preview on their devices.