Android M gets a codename, guaranteed Nexus update policy rumored
With Google I/O 2015 starting in just a few days, chances are good that we’re about to get some official information about the next version of Google’s mobile operating system, so far described just as Android M. Today we have a couple interesting Android M rumors to share with you, including a possible internal codename, and the chance that Google could use the update’s release to formalize its update policies for Nexus devices.
First up: that codename. Numerous comments made to AOSP source materials have been referencing the “mnc-dev” branch, and word is that “mnc” stands for Macadamia Nut Cookie. Keep in mind, though, that this designation is very likely just an internal label and will evolve into a different M-name prior to the formal public Android M release, which we’ll probably see this fall.
Speaking of that fall launch, that’s about the time we’d expect new Nexus hardware, and a separate Android M rumor claims that Google intends to use the update’s release to set up an official policy for how long Nexus devices are entitled to updates.
Right now, Google makes solid efforts to deliver new Android releases to older Nexus models, but there’s little in the way of a formal policy in place – if your Nexus 4 gets the latest Android build, consider yourself lucky, but how long will that luck hold?
Reportedly, the policy Google intends to enact will see Nexus devices receive guaranteed Android system updates for two years, and security patches for three years, from the time of release (well, from when that version of Android comes out, at least, which tends to correspond with Nexus hardware releases).
That security patch guarantee would also be a bit of a floating window, and could ultimately prove even longer for popular devices which remain in the Google Store for a long time: Google would reportedly guarantee security patches for 18 months from the time of sale – so that or the three years, whichever is longer.
This policy would mean that quite a few currently supported Nexus models won’t be making the journey with us to Android M.