Google has unveiled an Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow.
The moniker for the 6.0 version of the dominant mobile computing system follows a tradition of using sugary treats for Android including Lollipop (5.0), KitKat (4.4), Jellybean (4.1) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).
Developers got a first look at the new operating system back in May, during Google’s I/O conference. Google gave the final version of Android Marshmallow to developers on Monday, and it will launch to the public in the fall.
Android Marshmallow will be making its debut on the next Nexus device and it’s currently rumored that there will be two handsets – one from LG and one from Huawei. Broadly speaking, they will be replacing the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices.
The latest android version includes enhancements including fingerprint sensors and an updated power-saving mode.
Android Marshmallow focuses on subtle improvements to the user experience, including squashing a ton of bugs and overhauling basic features. The biggest addition is Android Pay, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) latest take on mobile payments. It’s pretty similar to Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Pay and a big improvement over Google Wallet.
Other Android Marshmallow improvements include a new permissions tool that gives users more control over what data they share with apps as well as a new tool that lets you open Chrome browser tabs directly inside apps instead of asking users to choose between Chrome and an app.
Have a look for yourself in the official Google video below.
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.