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Android M's name is Marshmallow

The Verge logo The Verge 8/17/2015 Chris Welch
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Google has revealed what the M in Android M stands for: Marshmallow. The Android 6.0 update, set for release this fall, was first previewed at the company's I/O conference in late May. But as it's done before, Google held off on announcing the full name to build anticipation around the software. It's safe to say the company went with the obvious choice. Sorry, M&M's fans.

Android Marshmallow includes a simpler approach to permissions (while giving users more granular control over what apps can access), Google's new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, USB Type-C support, and a number of tweaks and improvements throughout the operating system. It succeeds Android 5.0 Lollipop, which brought significant user interface and visual changes to the software last year.

It's believed that Google is working on two new Nexus smartphones that will be used to showcase Android 6.0 Marshmallow — one from Huawei, and a Nexus 5 sequel from LG that leaked over the weekend. Both phones are likely to include built-in fingerprint scanners, as Android 5.2 now natively supports the security measure as a way to log into apps.

Update August 17th 1:25PM ET: The article has been updated to reflect that Android M's official version number is 6.0, not 5.2.


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