Marshmallow: Next Android Upgrade for Smartphones, Tablets

Google’s next major update to its wireless operating system, slated for a fall release, will be officially dubbed Marshmallow (previously referred to as Android M). Key features of the follow-up to Lollipop (Android L) will include a new mobile payments system, support for fingerprint scanning, and updated functionality for digital assistant Google Now. Google also released the final development tools for the software. According to CNET, “The software powers more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, from manufacturers including Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The software is also a gateway for Google to get people to use the company’s services — like search, maps and video site YouTube — on their phones.”