M is for Marshmallow: Google quietly announces the official name for Android 6.0

Google's latest "sweet treat" name for its mobile operating system is the safe and predictable choice.

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Every year, Google names its next version of Android after a sweet treat, working its way through the alphabet from A to Z. Typically, the company announces it either the day it launches a new product, or in a cleverly-written blogpost. This year, we found out about the next version of Android through Twitter first.

Google unveiled the statue for Android Marshmallow at its Mountain View headquarters this morning. The statue is a green Android figurine holding a giant marshmallow. Honestly, we were expecting a mascot along the lines of the Stay Puft marshmallow man

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A statue for Google's Android Marshmallow operating system sits on the Google campus in Mountain View on August 17, 2015.

While the new mascot looks delicious enough to smother in between two pieces of graham cracker and a chocolate bar, the real news is at the official Android Developers blog. Android Marshmallow will be Android 6.0 and the SDK is now available for all you developers out there. There’s still no word on when to expect it to arrive to your Android devices, though. With so many users still waiting for Android 5.1, and even 5.0, I wouldn't hold your breath about getting a 6.0 update anytime soon. Your best bet to get the new version of Android, as always, will be to buy this year's latest Nexus phone. 

Here's a little sample of some of the features that await you in Android Marshmallow, based off the developer preview.

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