Android M has a name…

August 18, 2015

It is safe to say that regardless of how innovative Google Inc. (soon to be referred to as Alphabet Inc.) is as a company, when it comes to desserts, they’re pretty old school. Many speculated Android M would be M&Ms or Marzipan… but secretly everyone knew what the most likely choice would be. So here it is. The next Android version is going to be Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new Android update was first previewed at the company’s I/O conference a few months ago, and is set for a fall release. At the time of its preview, the company held off on announcing the name of the version, possibly to build up more buzz and anticipation. However, yesterday, the announcement regarding the droid’s name was made, along with the very public unveiling of the campus statue… a green droid, lifting a massive marshmallow. So what else is new? Well, besides the name Google also released the finished version of the Android 6.0 SDK, as well as the third (and final) Marshmallow preview, loadable upon Nexus devices. According to the company blog post, preview images are near the final stages, but are not intended for consumer use. The post went on to suggest the when Marshmallow is made public, Nexus users will need to manually re-flash their devices to a factory image, in order to receive OTA updates on said device. According to our knowledge, Marshmallow would have a simpler approach to user permissions. That said, users will be given better and more granular control of what information different apps are accessing. Also a part of Marshmallow are Google’s new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, USB Type-C support, and a bunch of minor yet significant improvements throughout the operating system. Rumor has it that Google has different plans for the Marshmallow showcase. According to leaks that occurred over the weekend, the company is currently working on not one, but two Nexus smartphones — one from Huawei, and a Nexus 5 sequel from LG — to showcase Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is likely that both phones would come with built-in fingerprint scanners, as a security measure to log into apps. Are you excited about Marshmallow? We are. And we can’t wait for it to be rolled out to new devices —devices that you can always find your old content on… thanks to SmartIO.

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