Android 6.0 now has a dedicated statue at Google’s headquarters.
Google has announced that the M in Android M stands for Marshmallow, and that the next version of the OS will carry version number 6.0. The internet giant has also released the final developer preview version of Android M for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which will offer developers a “near-final” platform to test their apps, and a finished version of the Android 6.0 SDK.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been one of the more unstable iterations of the green robot, and the jump to 6.0 is expected to make things better. Battery life has been improved thanks to a new feature called Doze, native fingerprint sensor support is included, and Android 6.0 will also introduce Android Pay. Other changes include deeper control over app permissions, better memory management, and support for USB Type-C.
Android Marshmallow will debut on two Nexus devices in the fall, one made by LG and the other by Huawei. Both devices have been in and out of the rumor mill for a few weeks now, with the LG-made Nexus 5 2015 having leaked in the flesh over the weekend, and an official launch of the two should be accompanied by the release of Marshmallow’s source code and updates for existing Nexus smartphones and tablets.