Google’s Nexus Event: What to Expect

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Google is hosting a hardware event in San Francisco Tuesday where it’s expected the search engine giant will unveil its latest Nexus smartphones and reveal when Android Marshmallow, the latest edition of its operating system, will be released to the public.

If history is any indicator, Google will continue its fall tradition of releasing new Nexus smartphones. Also expect to hear more about how the tech giant plans to roll out Android M, the operating system update that was first previewed at Google’s I/O conference in May.

What makes Android M stand out from its predecessors (also named for desserts, including the most recent KitKat and Lollipop) are performance enhancements, including an easier way to find information in apps and updates to Google Now, the Android virtual personal assistant.

A power saving mode called Doze will help keep the system in a sleep-like state in order to conserve battery life. Another feature is an app’s permissions system, allowing users to approve or deny security settings for an app on a case-by-case experience.

Google is of course keeping its agenda a secret until the festivities begin at 12 p.m. ET Tuesday and it’s possible we’ll also see some other new devices.

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