Android announce Marshmallow!

18 August 2015

android marshmallow So, Android fans - the next big update you'll be doing on your phones and devices, is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sadly, the image on the right is not the official logo for the Google's new mobile OS, but it should be.

Dave Burke, Android's VP of Engineering, showed off the new service on Twitter last night. In addition to that, Google even put a statue outside their Mountain View HQ of the green robot holding a massive marshmallow (which you can see here).

"Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn't like marshmallows? We definitely like them," wrote Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android in the blog post. "Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we've enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we're introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow."

Bitterwallet isn't keen on marshmallows, but that's beside the point we're guessing. One thing we do like is the needlessly flashy boot screen that comes with the update, which you can see on this video.

Whether it'll be still considered fun when our phones get stuck in a reboot, is another matter entirely.

So how is this going to be different from Lollipop?

Well, apart from the fancy loading screen, it isn't promising too much in the way of new features. Mainly, Marshmallow will want to make everything more stable and perform better.

There is some new stuff though - mainly, there's going to be a load of contactless payment things, such as Android Pay, Tap on Now, as well as other things which aren't very exciting at all. It'll be available in an update later this year, but there's no concrete date as yet. Start thinking about which apps you'll want to delete, as the new OS will invariably want more of your memory, which is already groaning under the weight of bloatware you get with a lot of Android phones.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile

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