We’ll See Big Android Releases Every Year, Confirms Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s Vice President of Engineering for Android, told Fast Company that Android M (codenamed Macadamia Nuts) will be released later this week. Wait up, that is not the only news he had to share. According to the executive, a major Android version will be announced each year from now on.
Surprisingly, Google was unable to keep this so called ‘secret’ a secret. Lockheimer confirmed that this week, they will be launching Android M and ‘you can predict what will happen next.’ Yes that’s right, next year we will probably see Android N.
Another good news was that with each year passing, a newer version of Android will be released, meaning after N will be O’s turn (I’m hoping Google gives us Oreos for free).
“As we’ve grown as a platform, we realize that to some extent predictability is important for the whole industry: developers, manufacturers, operators, and consumers, frankly,” Lockheimer explains.
“So we’ve landed with sort of a yearly cadence of big releases, so, for instance, one year we release J, the next year we release K, and then the year after that L, and then this year we’ll launch M, and so you can predict what will happen next year.”
He added: “It’s really about thinking about these different screens, if you will, holistically. How do they work with each other? A watch, and a phone, and a TV, and a car, and a tablet, how can they coordinate, and how can they actually enrich our lives, and make things that were harder before more useful?”
He further said that these developments and technologies aren’t coming out to push new hardwares, instead they are available only for making users’ life easy and for better experience.