Android 6.0 Marshmallow Revealed

The release of Android Lollipop (version 5.0) saw one of the biggest updates to the operating system to date, not only visually with a large splash of Material Design but also through the introduction of numerous backend functions and refinements.

While Android 4.0 finally unified the Android experience on smartphones and tablets, Android 5.0 sowed the seeds for Android powering a whole raft of new devices including smartwatches, televisions and even in-car technology. So what will the next version of the operating system bring?

 

What will Android M be called?

Google has finally taken the wrapper off the next version of Android and revealed it will be known as Android ‘Marshmallow’. More importantly, it’s also been given the version number 6.0, rather than the point update many of us were expecting. The announcement was made in a blog post on the Android Developers Blog. The blog post also announced the final software development kit (SDK) for Android 6.0 is now available for developers to get stuck into ahead of the autumn release of Android Marshmallow. For the brave and curious, preview system images are also available for many Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Developers can begin uploading their updated apps to the Google Play Store in preparation for the wider roll out in a few month’s time.

Google has also released this behind the scenes video of how the Marshmallow name came about as well as a look at how those famous lawn sculptures are made to commemorate each new Android release:

 

Android Marshmallow release date

We got our first proper look at the new version of the operating system at Google’s annual developer conference – Google I/O. Android 5.0 Lollipop was debuted at a similar time of year and so we can make some pretty accurate presumptions about how things will pan out from here. An early summer announcement provides plenty of time for developer previews over the next few months and a full release probably around November, likely alongside a new Nexus device.

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