While we just got Android 6.0.1 not too long ago, Google is already working on Android 6.1. And even other versions of Android that we’ll see next year and the year after. Android 6.1 is starting to hit the rumor mill now and there are a few rumors coming out of the rumor mill for the Android 6.1 update that are pretty interesting. First up, it appears that Google is looking to release Android 6.1 around June 2016. This would likely be after Google I/O where they will be detailing the preview for Android N (which we are unsure what the version number will be, but it could be Android 7.0).
Another rumor for Android 6.1 is that they are working on revamping the new app permissions added in Android 6.0. There’s a feeling among users and Google engineers that some apps are able to get around the new permissions and do some fishy things. Particularly those that have screen overlay permissions. And that’s something we’ve expected, is that Google will continue to work on the new permissions features added in Marshmallow.
Now we’ve heard from the HTC Perfume smartphone, that Android 6.1 would be available in June 2016. We also heard from the Google Pixel C team that the split screen feature would be coming in Android 6.1, from their AMA last week over on Reddit. The Pixel team said that they are also working on some new features for Android N. And typically a new codename comes with a new UI feature, which could quite possibly be the split screen feature. And that’ll likely be detailed at Google I/O in the summer.
If this rumor is to believed, this will be the first time in a few years that Google have announced and released an update to Android around Google I/O. Currently, Google I/O dates have not been announced, but the developer conference is typically around the end of May (although one year it was delayed until June). So we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this rumor and seeing what else we can uncover on Android 6.1. Hopefully it’s not too far out for the most of us, as we are always anxious for a new version of Android.