Android M’s software features have already been announced, but what hasn’t been announced is what the ‘M’ stands for. In our early poll, you decided Marshmallow was the most likely choice, and that’s what Google’s gone with. Earlier today, Jeff Sharkey shared a photo of the covered statue on Google Plus, and now the tarp is off! It’s our favorite green robot clutching on to a Marshmallow.
The fully unveiled statue was shared by @davey_burke (Android VP) on Twitter just a few minutes ago, and throws up no real surprises. As one of the most popular sweet treats in the world, and what seemed the most obvious to you (our readers), Marshmallow is the perfect choice. Although, some of us might have like something a little more obscure like Macadamia Nut, Macaroon or Meringue.
If you want to see what’s been going on behind the scenes, Google employees Nat and Lo have filmed a short video to show us the Marshmallow Sculpture and “Android’s tasty naming tradition”.
Google has been teasing us for a few days. It started off the with a video from Nat and Lo published three days ago:
Then, the following image was posted on Google Plus. We initially thought it looked like the tarpaulin was covering a giant Milkshake. Zoom in close, and it almost looks like there’s a straw being hidden.
Regardless of what we thought was hidden under that blanket, we no longer need to guess. Marshmallow follows Lollipop like Ice Cream Sandwich follows Honeycomb. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be available to the public later this year.