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Meet 'Marshmallow': Google's Next Version of Android Gets a Name

"Android M" no more.
Image: Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco on Thursday, May 28.Jeff Chiu / AP

"Android M" no more: Google's upcoming new version of its Android mobile operating system will be called Marshmallow, the company announced Monday.

Google announced the moniker in a post on its developer blog, and the company erected a Marshmallow statue at its Mountain View, California, headquarters.

Marshmallow is the latest in long line of sweet treat nicknames for new Android versions, which go in alphabetical order and include names like Kit Kat, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google previewed the upcoming software at its developer conference, Google I/O, in May but referred to it only as "Android M" at that time. The update will include the revamped mobile payment service Android Pay, a beefed-up version of the Google Now voice assistant and more new features.

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It's not clear when Marshmallow will be available to consumers, but the big statue and name unveiling typically signals that the software update is getting close to launch.