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August 18, 2015

Google Announces Android’s New Name: M is for Marshmallow

Google has finally unveiled the name for its next Android operating system — and M is for Marshmallow.

Android MarshmallowAndroid M (Marshmallow) is one in a long line of sweet names chosen by the company for new versions of its mobile OS. The announcement of the name came alongside the release of the final developer tools for the upcoming release.

“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,” Android product manager Jamal Eason said in a post on the Android Developers blog.

“The final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio.”

Android Marshmallow is mostly geared toward improving user experience, but also adds new features.

One of the key changes is the control of app permissions. Users will be able to choose to grant permission for apps to run, meaning developers will be able to have their apps operate faster once a user gives the sign-off.

Marshmallow will have the ability to detect if a phone has been left on while not being used and will feature native fingerprint support allowing Android Pay users to confirm a purchase with their fingerprint. Fingerprint can also be used to unlock devices and make purchases on Google Play.