Free Marshmallow, anyone?
It’s official! Android M, which chiefly refers to Android mobile operating system, is now called Android 6.0 Marshmallow. M is for Marshmallow after all.
There’s nothing surprising about the name though. In fact, we will be surprised if Google will name it with something else. Since 2007, Google’s fond of naming its operating system with confectionery codes.
Update version begins with Cupcake 1.5 and followed by Donut 1.6. Versions 2.0-2.1 is known as Eclair and versions 2.2 and 2.2.3 is called Froyo. Version 2.3-2.3.7 is called Gingerbread. The third wave of versions is known as Honeycomb while the fourth wave of versions is called Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0-4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3.1) and KitKat (4.4–4.4.4 and 4.4W–4.4W.2). The fifth version is called Lollipop (5.0-5.1.1).
There are many names that came into play such as Muffin and Milkshake. It was also called Macadamia Nut Cookie internally. Speculations ended when David Burke, VP of Engineering at Android, tweeted about a green droid holding a giant marshmallow in front of the firm’s Mountain View headquarters.
Marshmallow, which will be released this September (more likely), is the 11th update and a major one at that – not just a five-point-something.
Web developers are allowed to pre-test the beta version of Marshmallow at the Google IO 2015. A preview for android developers in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world is available now.
What makes Marshmallow so sweet
[The Android platform changes and API change]
1) Among its many features, there are two which stand out. These are the fingerprint support and the voice control, which devs can integrate into the apps that they are developing.
2) Aptly called Doze, motion detection feature to save power is also available. Aside from the long battery life, Marshmallow also allows for faster charging.
3) Likewise, it features an enhancement to Google Now that Android calls Now on Tap whereby users may access their information anywhere they are on their Android device.
4) App permissions are more intuitive now than before. Users are given the option to allow or deny one app at a time, so they don’t need to accept the permissions at once.
5) Volume controls are simplified as well. The system allows for a more granular control of your device’s audio settings.
6) Inputting text is also more intuitive compared to the last versions. There’s a floating menu that allows cutting, copying and pasting text at one’s fingertips.
7) Chrome custom tabs are also possible so users may take advantage of dedicated buttons.
8) Finally, Marshmallow allows the use of memory manager. You can view which among the apps are consuming the most RAM thereby slowing down your gadget.
Just like any other Android update, Marshmallow is also free. So, yes, you can say that Android is giving out free Marshmallow!
Sources: Android Developers Blog | TechRadar | Wired