Google names Android 6.0 M ‘Marshmallow’, to release in autumn

This new version was originally known as Android M but was then changed to Android Marshmallow, following on from other delicious sounding names as Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.


This would be the third Android M developer preview released by Google, but it’s also the last to be made available before the final build gets launched this fall. As a result we can kiss goodbye to some of the more irritating but undeletable stock apps such as Google+, the social network time forgot, and Google Newsstand, the news app so rubbish it doesn’t even cite The INQUIRER.

The phone design is expected to go through major overhauls as new and improved buttons, and payment systems will be added along with the USB C compatibility and various other camera related improvements.

Apart from the software development kit, Google also released Android Support Library allowing developers to provide the features included in Marshmallow.

On Monday, online security firm Trend Micro revealed yet another Android media handling bug which Google has since patched. Most of the applications on the Play Store are heavily dependent on Google’s Services.

They said that uninstalling the crashed app or desisting from the website that caused the crash is a viable option and that a fix would come with all future OS. Unlike the current implementation, where users have to agree to all app permissions on first install and also for updates, in Android M, users will get notifications asking for permissions only when they are using a particular function in an app. Google committed to providing Nexus devices with operating system updates for a period of two years, and security updates for a period of three years. If the phone is not in use, the operating system will automatically put the device into a sort of power saving mode.

The latest mobile operating system of Android – Marshmallow – is the latest in the long list of sweet treat names used by Google.


Recognizing the problem, Google has committed to push security updates directly to its Nexus devices, but they doesn’t solve the security problem for the rest of the Android devices out there, i.e., most of them.

The new Nexus 5     Image courtesy Marcus Brownlee