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What to expect from Google in 2015

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2014 has been a big year for Google. It kickstarted the smart watch revolution, we’ve met the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, and Google has shown us what the future of mobile looks like with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

It’s just getting started, though. As well as all the annual updates we’ve come to expect each year, 2015 will see Google have a crack at some entirely new platforms, as well as having another go at ones it has tried and failed to exploit in the past.

Want to know more? Read on to find out all the new advancements to expect from Google HQ in 2015.

Android M

One thing to look forward to even if you have no plans to buy a new phone or tablet next year is the next major version of Android. Will it be Android 5.1 or Android 6.0? Is Google going to go for a Malteasers tie-in, or will it be called Marzipan? We just don’t know yet.

Traditionally the major new versions of Android are shown off at the Google I/O developer conference, which in 2015 is to be held between June 24 and June 26. That’s a bit of a long wait, but far from a full year.

Google in 2015 - Android M

As Android 5.0 introduced a brand new UI style, called Material, it seems likely that the next main version with focus on altering the feature set rather than the look. That doesn’t necessarily mean adding loads of the things, but could well involve redesigning things like multi-tasking, how notifications function and how the back-end performs.

In time we’re sure to see some leaks that tell us a bit more about what to expect. But for now it’s largely a case of guess-work, beyond predictable improvements to integration with things like Android Wear watches, Android TV and Chromecast.

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