Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Google Nexus 5
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Several major smartphone makers, including Samsung and Sony, are yet to roll out Android Marshmallow to their flagship devices, but talks of Google's upcoming operating system dubbed as Android N have already begun with its release date drawing close.

Google is expected to announce its new Android operating system dubbed as Android N at its I/O 2016, scheduled to take place between 18 May and 20 May, and its Developer Preview is expected to be made available at the event. The firmware is expected to come pre-installed in Google's next Nexus series, perhaps the successors of LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P, which are expected to be released in October.

Name of new operating system

Google has the tradition of naming its Android operating system after a sweet, be it Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop or Marshmallow, and in alphabetical order. So, its upcoming OS dubbed as Android N is expected to be named after a sweet too. Several names like Android Nectar, Nougat, Nutty, Noodles, Nutella, etc., have been doing the rounds of late, but it's mere speculation at the moment.

There were speculations on Android Marshmallow last year on what the letter "M" could stand for. Names like Marshmallow, Milkshake, Macaroon, Milky Way etc did the rounds before it was confirmed months later that it stood for Marshmallow. So, we don't know for now what the letter "N" in Android N will stand for.

Expected features

The Android Marshmallow successor will come with split-screen feature. According to a report by Android Police, Andrew Bowers, Google's Director for Consumer Hardware, revealed at the Pixel C Team's Reddit AMA session that they are working on lots of things for Android N and one of them is split-screen. It is also expected to come with several other features that upgrades performance and saves battery.