Google Android M Release: New OS To Allow Users To Choose What Apps Can Access
Google Emphasises On User Privacy With Android M; Lets Set App Permissions Manually.Reuters

Google's upcoming software, Android M Developer Preview has finally received the first OTA (over the air) update weeks after it was unveiled at this year's Google I/O event.

The official release date of Android M is expected to fall in the fourth quarter of this year and might be seen running in Google's upcoming smartphone, the Nexus 5 (2015) aka Nexus 5 2nd Generation, codenamed "LG Bullhead". There were also reports that the new firmware might come as early as August, but nothing has been confirmed as of now.

Google was supposed to release Android M Developer Preview update in the end of June, but it didn't happen. It has finally arrived via OTA with fixes and updates based on developer feedbacks. The update includes up-to-date M release platform code and near-final APIs.

However, the update will come to selective devices, LG Nexus 5, Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Asus Nexus Player, and that too only if one has Android M Developer Preview running.

"We expect all devices currently on the developer preview to receive the update over the next few days. We also posted a new version of the preview system image on the developer preview website," Jamal Eason, Product Manager of Android, wrote on Android Developers Blogspot.

The report went on to say that developers using the emulator can update their Android M preview system images via the SDK Manager in Android Studio.

The Android M will come with features like app permissions, fingerprint support, Android Pay integration, Chrome Custom Tabs and Power management or Doze mode. However, it is still not clear what the letter "M" stands for as Google is yet to reveal it. Reports have suggested that might stand for Muffin or some other sweet like Marshmallow, Milkshake, Macaroon, Milky Way, M&M's, Molasses or Mocha Java Cake.

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