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First Android M references surface in AOSP comments

Android L isn’t even out the gate yet and already the first AOSP comments have surfaced referencing the likely distant Android M release.
September 22, 2014

While those of us with compatible Nexus devices may have been rocking the Android L Developer Preview for a while now, the final release has yet to arrive, though its debut is drawing near. Android L represents a big jump ahead from KitKat with Material Design and plenty of other under-the-hood changes, and Android fans everywhere are certainly looking forward to it.

Of course, Google always has its eye to the future, and so it’s not at all surprising that the first mentions of Android M have now surfaced via two commit comments in an Android Open Source Project thread. Neither comment tells us much about what M will bring to the table, though one refers to a method of data exchange and the other refers to a Logcat Android debugging tool experimental feature.


So why should we even care about these passing mentions? While ultimately we should be more focused on the goodness that Android L will bring, the big takeway here is that Google isn’t content to rest on its laurels and already has a gameplan for the future. It’s also fun to speculate about the future of Android, so there’s that too. Still, just because a few comments mention Android M doesn’t mean it is coming anytime soon. While we wouldn’t be too surprised to see an M release in 2016, remember that Jelly Bean actually had several different iterations before Google moved on to its K release.


Turning to the future and considering all the design (UI/UX) changes and new features we currently known about when it comes to Android L, what would you hope to see from Android in 2016 and beyond?