Google has announced its next mobile Operating System will be named as Android Marshmallow. Earlier Google, at Google I/O 2015 in May, announced that its next OS will be Android M but did not reveal what the M stands for.
Google usually names its mobile OS against the names of sweets and the latest version of its Android OS is named as Android L or Android Lollipop which is the version 5.0 of Android OS. Google has given the release date of the fall of 2015 for the Android Marshmallow.
Android is the most used mobile OS of the smartphones and is running on more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. Famous mobile phone manufacturing companies like Samsung, HTC and Motorola use the Android OS for their flagship devices and have a very big share of smartphone market. While on one hand Android has huge database of apps made by third party vendors, free and paid, Google also utilizes the Android OS for its services like YouTube, Search, Google Maps etc.
Google at Google I/O 2015 announced that the Android M will have some decent new features like Android Pay, a competitor to Apple Pay and there will be improved Google Wallet version as well. Along with them there will be improved material design, better RAM and Android Theme Engine and you can read more about the Android M or Android Marshmallow features here.
Android Marshmallow is currently available as preview only and it is the third Android Marshmallow preview going to be available within few days. On the other hand the desperate news for Google is the low adoption rate of Android OS. The current version of Android i.e. the Android Lollipop 5.0 only runs on 18% of Android devices whereas 73% of the Android devices are running on Android Kitkat and Android Jellybean. On the other hand the iOS 8, released in last September runs on more than 80% idevices around the globe.