Why did Google call Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

Find out why Google has called the new Android Marshmallow and some other juicy bits in our rumour round up…

09 Sep 2015


Everyone loves marshmallow, right?

Now there’s another reason to like the gooey treat – it’s the name of the next version of Google Android.



What is Android?

Android is the Google-designed operating system that runs on smartphones and tablets. If you’ve not got an iPhone or an iPad then you’re likely to be running Android. It powers more than 1 billion phones and tablets, according to Google.

Phones from Samsung, Sony, Motorola and HTC all run Android.

The previous version was Android Lollipop.

What’s with sweetie names?

Because Google has a history of naming its versions of Android after naughty-but-nice sweet treats. We’ve had Donut, Éclair and Gingerbread. And more recently Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat. Feeling hungry? 

At Google Towers there are sculptures dedicated to each of these goodies. So if you ever find yourself at Google HQ in California don’t be freaked out when you see a giant donut or a statue of a gingerbread man dotted across the grass.

But why Marshmallow?

Because as Google says, ‘who doesn’t like marshmallows?’

A blogpost on the Android Developer's Blog stated ‘whether straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior or with a molten centre’ the bods at Google definitely like them.

So what do we know about Marshmallow?

At the moment, not much. We know it’s called Marshmallow – until recently it was known as Android M. And we expect it to launch in the autumn.

Here are a few features we’re expecting to see:

  • Now on Tap: get useful info when you need it by accessing Google Now at the push of a button. It suggests things based on what you’re doing and where you are.
  • Fingerprint security: apps can make use of built-in, sophisticated fingerprint technology for signing in and out etc.  

What the experts say

 ‘It's amazing that just the name of the new version of Android can feel like such an occasion, but Google like to make something of a ceremony of it,’ says Martyn Landi, Press Association tech reporter.

Don’t expect the same kind of overhaul as was seen between KitKat and Lollipop though.

‘Marshmallow is set to be something of an incremental update given the major overhaul Android was given last year in version 5.0 Lollipop,’ says Martyn. ‘But it will have Android Pay, and some smarter Chrome features too - so the update should bring some interesting new tweaks to the platform.’

See our guide to Android Marshmallow 

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