Putting months of speculations and crazy rumours of Malai Burfi, Mutton Chops, Milkshake and Mango to rest, Google has officially announced that its latest Android OS, Android M version 6.0 will be named Marshmallow.
We suspect the folks up at Google were getting splits in their sides from the funny guessing games splashed all over the internet and Dave Burke, Android’s VP of Engineering, finally took the wraps of the new Android OS by announcing it on Twitter. The announcement was simultaneously made on the Android blog. The statue of a giant Android clutching a white marshmallow for dear life was also unveiled at Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Seems pretty apt considering the previous Android versions of Cup Cake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice-cream Sandwich, Jellybean, KitKat and Lollipop! Hungry anyone?
The new Android Marshmallow 6.0 is expected to debut first on the new Nexus range of devices to be released later this year, followed by OTA upgrades and then on other gadgets, phones and tablets. The completed version of the Android 6.0 SDK for developers has also been released as well as a third preview of Android M. With the new Android Marshmallows, users can expect features like the new
- Tap on Now
- Android Pay
- Finger-print scanner support
- App permissions
- Doze to conserve battery
- USB Type-C standard support
- 64-bit ARMv8 architecture native support
- Performance and stability enhancements
Talking about their newest ‘sweet’ Android, Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android said, “Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them. Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we’ve enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we’re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.”