Google has just published the official schedule for the upcoming Google's I/O 2015, taking a closer look at the conference's schedule and sessions, it looks like Android "M" will make an appearance at this year's conference. There's a direct mention under the "Android for Work" session which is scheduled for 2:30 PM PST on the 28th (Screenshot above).
Also the "What's New in Android" session which is scheduled for 1:00 PM also tip-off that Google is getting ready to unveil something NEW related to Android OS. Last year's Google I/O (2014), the company showed us the Lollipop preview (Android "L"). Android "M" is rumored to be named as "Muffin".
WELL Google is fast, what makes this even more official... The "Android for Work session" has already disappeared from the conference schedule, Let's wait and see!
When Google's Android M was first announced we all assumed that it will be version 6.0 build... as Android 4.3 is Jelly Bean (J), Android 4.4 is KitKat (K) and Android 5.0 - 5.1 is Lollipop (L).
Surprisingly, Android M will have version number 5.2 according to the latest speculations. What we have is a screenshot taken from the new, exclusive to Android M, feature called "demo mode" exclusive only to the 2nd developer preview release,which clears notifications, simulates a full battery, and generally make the UI presentable for snaps.
The important bit here is the clock, it shows 5:20. This is presumably for "Android 5.2" at least provisionally recall that all official Google press images for Nexus phones show the current version of Android in the clock, i.e. 4:40 for Android 4.4, 5:00 for Lollipop, and so on.
Looks like that Google won't be going so far to version 6.0 with this release as the changes are mostly minor and based on the previous Lollipop APIs with no Key major features available.
Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).
That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).
It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If @evleaks is right (which he mostly is) then Android 7.0 Nougat could be officially released this month. As the rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have recently been hinting towards the smartphone being launched with Android Nougat right out of the box on August 2, could the Samsung device be the first phone to officially showcase it?
We have bad news for Nexus 5 owners though as Evan Blass is pretty clear in his Tweet that Google will only be updating its devices that came out after the Nexus 5. This means that if you own a Nexus 5, you will need to wait for custom ROM versions from modders if you want to experience Android 7.0 on your three year old Nexus.
We are looking forward to the graphical enhancements which the OS will bring to the table for Android users, but there are other exciting features that could be featured in the final build as well. For example, the Sustained Performance Mode, that is designed exclusively for developers. There's also the new system of upgrading your device with major updates, without having to wait for it to finish as the task will utilize a second partition on your phone's memory to download and install itself. Once you restart the phone, the changes will start to take effect. There are plenty of other features that we got a glimpse of in the five Developer Preview builds released so far, but we will have to wait and see how many of them actually make it to the final cut.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)