Android M is officially Marshmallow. Have fun writing that one out for the next year.
At its Mountain View campus on Monday, Google unveiled a statue of an Android figurine holding a single marshmallow, finally confirming the name of its next update. So, yep, you guessed it: Android M is Android Marshmallow. Everyone’s favorite puffy white treat—good for bonfires—is now a part of the tech lexicon.
It’s not quite as tasty as a Lollipop or KitKat, but Marshmallow just might be the most important Android release yet. This year Google focused a lot on the underlying experience, giving users control over app permissions and native support for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture.
We’re also expecting Now on Tap, which looks set to be one of the coolest mobile features ever. Google Now is already a major part of the Android experience, and it’s getting even smarter and more ever-present than before. Other features include doze, which reduces background activity, native support for fingerprint recognition, and a standard API for implementing fingerprint-based authentication in third-party apps.
According to the latest SDK, Android Marshmallow will be Android 6.0; we’re expecting the update to officially be available as a free update this fall.