Android M rollout possibly confirmed for October 5

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The date was posted on Canadian mobile provider, Telus’ website on its software release schedule, but was removed soon after.

Android M might possibly be rolled out on October 5, going by a list that was briefly put up on Canadian mobile provider Telus’ website. The date was put up as part of its software release schedule, which said that Android v6.0 Marshmallow would be rolling out to Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices on that date. However, Telus removed the listings from its chart soon after it was put up.

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Google has already announced that it will be hosting an event on September 29, and has been tipped to launch two new Nexus devices made by LG and Huawei. These two devices will be the first to come with the newest version of Google’s Android OS. A few days ago, it was reported that the retail boxes of the two new phones had been leaked. The leaked images claimed to have confirmed the names of the Nexus phones, as the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, made by LG and Huawei respectively. The devices have also been reported to feature 32GB of internal storage.

Android v6.0 was first unveiled as Android M at the Google I/O event, held earlier this year. In August, Google confirmed the Marshmallow name for Android 6.0. This version of the mobile operating system focuses on improved battery life and greater control over privacy. With the new OS, applications would now seek permission when using a feature, rather than during app installation. Settings will also give users easier access to manage app permissions. The OS will also ensure that the device starts “dozing” while it is in standby mode. While dozing, the device will “back off” from background activity and extend battery life. Google claims that this will double up the device run time, as compared to Android Lollipop. The new OS will also bring support for Android Pay. Google has also announced that it will bring offline view for Chrome and Google Maps, and will work in a manner that is similar to YouTube’s Offline feature. Search results will also be presented as per connectivity. When the new OS detects a slower connection, the results page will appear with fewer images and pages optimised for slow connectivity speeds.

It will also bring Google’s “Now on Tap” feature. This feature adds contextual search functionality to Google Now. The company had said that it would not be providing Google Now on Tap to those using the developer preview of Android M, but had released the feature earlier this month. It also revamped its Photos app, which will give users back up for unlimited number of photos and videos, for free.

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