Android M is for Marshmallow

Android M

Android M is for Marshmallow

Google have officially announced the name of its Android 6.0 release: Android Marshmallow.

While Android M has been on the table since the Google IO 2015 Conference this year, the name has only now been announced.

Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android


The Versions of Android

Android 1.1

Android 1.5 Cupcake

Android 1.6 Donut

Android 2.0 Éclair

Android 2.2 Froyo

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 6.0 Marshmallow


The main features of Android Marshmallow are:


App Permissions

Ability to choose the functions an app has access to. This includes location information, contacts, address book, call history, images and more.


Track Memory

New tab for Memory allows you to see how much memory each app is using. It also allows you to see how often apps are running.


Quick Finger Print Access

Support for finger print access means faster logging into platforms such as the Google Play Store but also for unlocking the handset.


Auto Backup

Offers automatic backups of app user data and settings to Google Drive of up to 25MB per app.


Power Saving

More efficient use of battery power including a sleep mode after periods of inactivity.


Like all Android updates it will take some time before this rolls out to handsets and at this stage there is no clear idea when that will be for Australia.

Samsung have created a useful infographic which outlines the key features of Android M.

Android M

To find out more about the features of Android M take a look at our article “What’s New from the Google IO 2015 Conference“.

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