Google to release major Android versions on a yearly basis, starting with Android M

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Not only is Android M launching this year, but Google from now on plans on pushing out a major Android release on a yearly basis, according to Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer, the VP of Engineering for Android.

In an interview with Fast Company, Lockheimer confirmed that Google has moved towards a “yearly cadence of big releases,” and that “this year we’ll launch M.” In other words, next year we can expect N, followed by O, P, and so on. Who knows what’ll happens in thirteen years when Google uses up the alphabet.

What does this news mean for you? Well, as long as you have a Nexus smartphone and stay within that line of devices, you should be getting a yearly major Android update that aims to be the best extension of you possible. Can you imagine what Android Z will look like in thirteen years? Holographs, I say.

Here’s to the death of minor and incremental releases. This is an exciting time for Android! Be sure to stay tuned to TalkAndroid, as Google I/O 2015 is only a day away. Our very own Robert Nazarian is at the event, and those of us back home will be working around the clock to deliver all the latest news for you.

source: Fast Company
via: Droid-Life


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • RozJC

    Here’s to the death of minor and incremental releases. – Surely, they’ll push out serious bug fixes and the sorts during that year period. Otherwise they’re shooting themselves in the foot here…If the major release has issues, they have to put a fix out for it, or else nobody would use it…

    • Brad

      Of course! However, you’re not going to see a minor bug release be Android N, it’ll be Android N.1, and etc. :)

  • Alan Goldman

    This is great except that for the most part it is of little value because this effectively means that if you are tied to a carriers update schedule, you won’t likely see some of these annual updates unless you keep buying new phones. They need to figure out a way to get out from the carriers collective thumbs.