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Android M to run in cars without a smartphone: New feature rumours

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Android Lollipop is now out the door on the Nexus 9, which
can only mean one thing: Android M is in the works.
The final build of Android Lollipop has
only recently arrived on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but already
we’re looking forward to Android M. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about
Android M, including a possible release date and new feature speculation.

Android M: What will it be called? 

Before
Android Lollipop was
confirmed, no-one really knew whether it would be called Android 4.5 or Android
5.0. After all, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0-
to 4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1- to
4.3.1) and KitKat (4.4- to 4.4.4)
were all 4.x versions. In the end Google went with 5.0 for Lollipop. It’s not
yet known whether Android M will be simply a point upgrade or Android 6.0.
Following
Android Alpha and Android Beta, Google has always named its Android OS updates
after sweet treats, and in alphabetical order. So far we’ve had Cupcake, Donut,
Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat
and Lollipop. We know M will be next, and we know it will be something tasty. 
Just
what that tasty treat will be is not yet known. Most speculation refers to
Android M as Android Milkshake or Android Marshmallow. Our personal favourites
are Android Mars and Android Milky Way – although Google insists KitKat was
named after the Nestle product simply because it liked KitKats, we could be
about to see another Nestle tie-up here.
Other
potential names might include Android Malteser, Android Macaroon, Android
Meringue Pie (forget the lemon), Android Moon Pie, Android Mint and Android
Milk Dud. Any other suggestions? Comment below. 

Android M: Possible release date 

If
previous Android OS release dates are anything to go by, we reckon we’ll see
the final version of Android M at the end of October or early November 2015,
although like Lollipop it may be announced at Google I/O in June.  
Android
Lollipop was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and launched on the Nexus 9
on 3 November 2015; Android KitKat was announced in September 2013 and appeared
on the Nexus 5 on 31 October 2013. 

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Android M: New features 

No
concrete details are available on what new features will appear in Android M,
although there are a few things users would like to see. Some of these include
Google Fit and Google Now integration, an extreme power-saving mode as
standard, a proper messaging hub, improved performance, better synching of
notifications across devices, improved parental controls, more gestures and
enterprise features.

Android M: Android Auto

The
latest rumour from Reuters is that
Android M will be operate in and be built directly into cars, independently of
a paired smartphone, with Google taking a much stronger focus on Android Auto.
“It
provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle
rather than being an add-on,” said Gartner’s Thilo Koslowski.

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