Last weekend, Google teased us with a number of names for its next version of Android OS and finally, the wait is over. Last night, it finally revealed that the ‘M’ in Android M stands for Marshmallow. In addition to improving performance, battery life and security, the new features include Native tap-to-wake support, Dismiss all button, Backup service, Standalone Calculator app, Night mode, as well as offline mode.
This follows Google’s traditions to name Android versions after desserts, starting from the first version called Cupcake. This was followed by Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and now Marshmallow
In a blog post announcing Android Marshmallow, Android Product Manager Jamal Eason wrote,
Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, 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.