Google: Android M is Marshmallow as statue is rolled out on the lawn; new build starts with Android 6.0

Google: Android M is Marshmallow as statue is rolled out on the lawn; new build starts with Android 6.0
Google has made it official. Android M is Marshmallow and a statue of the Android mascot carrying a marshmallow has been rolled out onto the Google lawn. It joins the other statues that have been placed on the lawn that memorialize past Android builds. Marshmallow will start with Android 6.0.

The tradition of naming Android builds after desserts in alphabetical order started with version 1.5, named Cupcake. Subsequent updates included Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb (tablets only), Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be rolled out starting this fall. The Android 6.0 SDK is now available (API 23) for developers. In addition, the final Developer Preview for the new build has also been released today by Google.

Among the new features of Android Marshmallow are a Doze feature that will double standby times by putting your phone into a deeper sleep when not in use. This will obviously improve battery life. Also, the new permissions model makes it easier to install and update apps. And a new fingerprint scanning feature will become native with the update.

Ever wonder how the Android lawn statues were made, or why Android uses dessert names to distinguish different versions of the open source OS? Don't forget to check out the video below, produced by two Googlers named Nat and Lo (Hey, that rhymes!)





source: Google, @davey-burke, @Tojiro, Natandlo

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62 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I like the new name & like the new android statue, android holding a marshmallow is nice. They could have make the android with a white body but I guess too many people would not get the marshmallow reference.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Why do I want a s'more right now? +1

19. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

(I give you this http://tinyurl.com/p6byody ) Name suits to a minor update perfectly: 1% sugar 99% pure air

20. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Enough with the candies already. I crave Moussaka :P

34. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Brings a new meaning to the term "sticky keys".

15. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The next disaster, as if Lollipop wasn't enough...

16. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Don't worry Bobby, not even Google can outdo Apple and the catastrophe that is iOS 8.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's right though. Lollipop was a disaster and iOS 8 was pretty rough.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31346; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Respect the honesty bro.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google and Apple have both been slacking in the os area.

41. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Sorry. I use both. Lollipop destroyed my Nexus 7. Air 2 doing much better.

42. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My Nexus 9 is working great! Depends how they optimize it.

53. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

After the latest update on my iPad Air. It takes 4 seconds after pressing the button for it to wake up. Good times! Lol

17. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Better than IOS 8, though - and it had all the new features of IOS 10.

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Hey jakelee, one question. Is Android 64-bit ready?

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not to worry groupie girl. Nothing is worse than your precious iOS8 disaster. That thing was utter crap.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"was"? what's the "was" nonsense? Their Apple Music update is currently crippling iPhone battery life and GPS functionality. Every new update is a downgrade in performance.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31346; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're not lying there bro. Before I downloaded iOS 8.4.1 I made a note of all the bugs in 8.4, and every single one of them are still present and now I get even more app crashes than before.

31. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Don't worry Bobby apple will copy some of M's features soon.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31346; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lollipop was no where near as bad as iOS. Google and Apple had sucky software this year. If Google sucked like a tornado, then Apple sucked like a supermassive black hole.

50. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lmao. You fool.

51. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Marshmallow means booobs right? I know dah much!

52. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Now I'm even more excited!!! .... man, I'm never going to grow up...

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Just finished side loading Marshmallow and it's got a new boot animation :] The little things

5. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Also, something I have just found. To enable system UI settings, hold down the settings button on the pulldown bar. It spins around super fast, then let go, and you can enable again :)

33. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Is there a new easter egg? Or is it still this one:http://www.phonearena.com/news/This-is-the-And​roid-M-Easter-egg_id69808?

60. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

It's still the same shrug of the shoulders for now

61. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

what is system UI settings?

3. LIBERALSrSHlT

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

They should of used the Stay Puft marshmallow man holding the little green android.

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