'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

Is Google telling us Android is soft, insubstantial, very good toasted but easily burned?

Android 6 Marshmallow Logo

Alphabet's search, ads, cloud and mobile business Google has revealed that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called “Marshmallow”.

Google gives each version of Android the name of a sweet and also advances each new Android by one letter of the alphabet. Hence Android's current version is Lolliop, the previous version was KitKat and the one before that bore the name Jelly Bean. Statues depicting Android's titular android alongside the chosen confectionery are then placed on Google's lawns.

Google's veep of engineering (Android) David Burke tweeted Marshmalow the news and the pic below on Monday, US time, to let the world know that the soft, insubstantial and easily-burned confectionery had been selected as the name for the new version of the operating system.

The largest and most profitable subsidiary of the sprawling technology concern also announced a new version of the Android SDK. In the post announcing the new SDK and API the company detailed what it calls “fairly incremental” changes including a “new permissions model that streamlines the app install and update process.” Improved fingerprint acquisition and detection features have also made it in to this release.

Ap developers are urged to get their heads around both, the better to ensure their apps play nice with Marshmallow once it's cooked. ®

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