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Google confirms Android 6 is called Marshmallow, reveals it likes to Troll

Google has revealed that the latest version of its Android operating system is called Marshmallow. Set for release in the next few months, Google teased the new operating system — code-named M — some time ago. As it has done with the previous few Android releases though, Google kept the name under tight wraps.

Along with the name, and an official lawn statue, Google also announced that the launch of the official Android 6.0 SDK and opened Google Play up for publishing apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.

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Alongside those updates, Google released the third and final preview of Marshmallow for release on Nexus devices. “The preview images are near final but they are not intended for consumer use,” the technology giant said in a blog post. “Remember that when Android 6.0 Marshmallow launches to the public later this fall, you’ll need to manually re-flash your device to a factory image to continue to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device”.

Behind the naming process

As Marshmallow gets closer to a public release, Google has also released a video explaining the Android naming process. It turns out that the process is just as light-hearted as the names suggest.

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If the video is to be believed, then the idea for naming Android versions after tasty treats came about due to overworked developers craving junk food.

It also turns out that Google isn’t exactly averse to trolling people when it comes to Android builds.

Tomfoolery and jokes aside, Google will be hoping that Marshmallow is adopted much faster than its predecessors.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More

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