Android Mascots At The Google I/O Developers Conference
Android mascots are lined up in the demonstration area at the Google I/O Developers Conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, May 10, 2011. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Google's I/O conference is just around the corner with more expectations brewing on the Android M update. The company's posting mistake gave the market a glimpse of the upcoming firmware. According to latest information, users should prepare for a more robust or secure Android interface promising better privacy controls including voice access and proximity-based communication. Can Google come up with a winning OS?

It appears Google is intent giving users more control over the type of information their apps can access. Sources familiar with the matter said that Google's upcoming update may be able to allow users to set or specify information access including location, contacts and photos. The sources refused to be identified as details remain confidential. If the search engine giant can pull off such plans on its upcoming OS then Android will be more like Apple's iOS.

Likewise, if Google can proceed with such plans then users will be able to choose how their apps interact with their devices including their personal settings and files. The move may also be part of the company's bid to attract more users as iOS shares rose in the current year jumping from 18.6 percent to 20.3 percent.

The Google Android M update has also been linked with two other features including Voice Access and Nearby. Voice Access will allow users to control their devices and possibly their apps better through voice commands alone. It is not clear yet if the feature will be exclusive to the Android M interface. Likewise, Nearby is linked to proximity-based communication allowing Android users to connect more conveniently to other people with similar systems. Google’s I/O schedule has been posted already but the company remains mum about other things. People will have to wait for final OS confirmation during the event.

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