Google has officially announced that the next iteration of its Android mobile operating system will be called Marshmallow with version 6.0, previously codenamed simply as Android M. The new Android version which was announced in May this year at Google’s I/O conference, is set to release this fall and will be the successor to Android Lollipop (5.x). In addition to the announcement, Google has also released the official Android M 6.0 SDK and the final developer preview software of Android M for its nexus devices.
Speculation arose on what the M could stand for in ‘Android M’ with many projecting it to be referring to M&M’s. As part of tradition, Google has also launched the respective Android Marshmallow statue in its campus.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with a lot of under-the-hood changes aimed at boosting performance, increasing battery life and providing you with more control of your device and settings with a more advanced App Permissions system. Google had also announced that Android M will be bringing Android Pay and support for the much anticipated USB Type-C (can be found in the new OnePlus 2).
Google, now a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, tends to showcase their new Android OS with a new Nexus device. This year, Google is expected to launch two new Nexus devices, one from LG and the other from Huawei.