Android M, Android Pay, Project Ara – What We Know So Far

The annual developer conference, which will be held in San Francisco, will kick off in a few hours and Google is ready to unveil the new Android M OS, Android Pay (mobile payment system), a new Android TV and many more.

All eyes are on Google’s I/O 2015 annual tech event, where great things are expected to happen. Until now, we had lots of rumors circulating over the internet about what Google might announce, and we’ll see if the predictions were true. However, what is certain is that the new Android M, which will be named after another sweet, will be unveiled and Google will present its new features.

Android M – M&M, Marshmallow, Muffin…?

All the previous Android versions were named in alphabetical order, after different sweets (only the first two ones were named Alpha and Beta). The last released OS is 5.0 Lollipop and we’re very curious what will be the real name of 6.0 “M”, because we came across many suggestions and we don’t know what to believe anymore. Here are the names that we’ve heard so far: Marshmallow, Maple Walnut Fudge (hopefully not!), M&M, Muffin, Mud pie, Macadamia Nut Cookie and Meringue, but we should expect surprises from Google.

Android M will surely blow our minds, because it will have new abilities, it will be more performance-efficient and will no longer drain the battery so fast. The upcoming software will support password-free ID authentication and more manufacturers will make more devices with fingerprint sensors.

Android Pay

Apple has introduced the Apple Pay payment system on its iPhones and recently, Samsung released Samsung Pay along with its Galaxy S6 device. Google tried its luck with Wallet, but this feature didn’t generate enough buzz and the company decided to come up with a new payment system for Android, but which will co-exist with Google Wallet.

New toys?

Google released the Chromecast video streamer back in 2013 and we consider it’s time to see a successor, or, at least, an improved version of it. Most likely, we won’t see a successor of the Nexus 9 tablet, or other smartphone, because the last ones were unveiled last fall and it’s too early to announce new devices. On the other hand, Android Wear is gaining popularity, and currently, the fans can buy one of the following smartwatches that run on Google’s Android OS: Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Asus ZenWatch, Sony SmartWatch, the LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane and Huawei Watch. The last two devices were released in March 2015.

After failing to impress with the Google Glass device, which was too expensive for most of the pockets (1500 dollars), Google will bring a successor which will attract more fans into the world of virtual reality.

Project Ara

If you have a computer at home, then you know that when a component stops functioning, it gets replaced with a new one. The same thing will happen with Project Ara, Google’s modular phone, which will allow you to replace/improve all of its components: display, keyboard, processor, RAM etc.

Google+ will die soon

Google wants to dissolve Google+ and we’re guessing that the final move will separate it into two products: Photos and Streams.

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