Android shares next version’s new, sweet name
NEW YORK – Google shared some sweet news on Monday.
The next version of its mobile operating system will be called Android Marshmallow.
After the first two versions were called Alpha and Beta, nearly every version of Android has been alphabetically named after a candy or dessert, starting with the letter ‘C.’
“Some people think they’re dessert-themed, but it’s really technically tasty treats,” said Android’s vice president of engineering.
The Marshmallow announcement isn’t as surprising as ‘Kit Kat,’ when the rumor was Key Lime Pie but Google struck a last-minute deal with Nestle, or as controversial as ‘Honeycomb.’ But, Android M was widely believed to stand for ‘Macadamia Nut Cookie.’
“A lot of people throw in their ideas – internally, as well as externally,” Lockheimer said.
A French pastry association even sent Google a treat as a name consideration for Android K – a kouglof.
Developers got a first look at the new operating system back in May, during Google’s I/O conference.
Google gave the final version of Android Marshmallow to developers on Monday, and it will launch to the public in the fall.
Android Marshmallow focuses on subtle improvements to the user experience, including squashing a ton of bugs and overhauling basic features. The biggest addition is Android Pay, Google’s latest take on mobile payments. It’s pretty similar to Apple Pay and a big improvement over Google Wallet, the companies earlier attempt at a mobile wallet.
Other Android M improvements include a new permissions tool that gives users more control over what data they share with apps. There are also battery saving features as well as a new tool that lets you open Chrome browser tabs directly inside apps instead of asking users to choose between Chrome and an app.
To date, Android’s sugary names are Cupcake Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, Lollipop and, now, Marshmallow.