Android 6.0 dubbed 'Marshmallow'

Google continues tradition of naming its mobile OS versions after sweets

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Android 6.0 dubbed 'Marshmallow' The new OS is set to become available around October
By  Tom Paye Published  August 18, 2015

Google's next mobile operating system, Android 6.0, has finally been given a name. Like every version before it, the new OS is named after a sweet - in this case, Marshmallow.

The announcement was made in a YouTube video posted up by a couple of Google employees, who also went into why each version of Android is always named after a sweet.

Apart from the name, Android 6.0's features are pretty much well known by this point. It's expected to be a major update, with system-level support for fingerprint scanning and something that Google calls Direct Sharing.

The point of Direct Sharing is to allow users to share content to targets, such as contacts, within other apps. So, the direct share target might launch an activity in another social networking app, allowing the user to share content directly to a specific friend in that app.

In regards to fingerprint scanning, a number of Android handsets have already dabbled in the technology, but system-wide support for it is expected to encourage more applications to use the feature. That said, each app must authenticate the user's fingerprint independently - which helps from a security perspective.

The new OS is set to become available around October, though, as is the way with Android, it will be up to the individual phonemakers to roll it out to their users.

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