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Google unveils Android M's official name

Not only have we learned the new Android's codename, but also the version number.

Since April 2009 and version 1.5, every major Android release comes with a codename related to confectionery, with initial letter following the previous one in the alphabet. The last major update, Android 5.0 Lollipop, has become officially available on November 12, 2014. Since shortly afterwards, there has been a lot of speculation about which sweet or dessert will the next version be named after. Just minutes ago we learned the answer to this question.

Each codename was reflected by the Android statue at the lawn in Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Today, the green robot could be seen holding a Marshmallow, which can be treated as an official confirmation of the codename for the upcoming version of the OS. It was made public via Twitter by Google's VP, Dave Burke.

However, there’s more! Shortly after the news broke, Google has released the updated SDK (Software Developer’s Kit) for the new Android. The document clearly states that the new version of the system will bear the number 6.0. That’s contrary to what recent rumours suggested about the next version getting the 5.2 number.

The full, official name for the new version of Google’s mobile operating system is: Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Below is a brief history of Android names, starting with version 1.5:

  • Cupcake (1.5)
  • Donut (1.6)
  • Eclair (2.0–2.1)
  • Froyo (2.2–2.2.3)
  • Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7)
  • Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)
  • Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)
  • KitKat (4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2)
  • Lollipop (5.0–5.1.1)

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Arkadiusz Piasek, 2015-08-17 (Update: 2015-08-17)