New Delhi: US search giant Google Inc has unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its annual developer's conference Google I/O. Known as Android 'M', the next iteration of Google's mobile OS will succeed Android Lollipop when it launches later this year.

Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer.

Google Android 'M' OS
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Google’s next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable.

The upgrade will give Android’s personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may be greeted as a great convenience to some and a tad too creepy for others.

The annual changes to Android and iOS are becoming increasingly important as people become more dependent on smartphones to manage their lives. Android holds about an 80 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market, with iOS a distant second at 16 percent, according to the research firm International Data Corp.