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Reader poll: What will Android M be called?

Vote in our reader poll to name Android M

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While Google I/O 2015 is still over a month away, we’re already excited for what the Mountain View tech giant may announce.

While there are rumours of everything from a new Chromecast to the return of Google Glass, one thing we can be sure to expect is the next version of Android, codenamed Android M.

But what will it be called? Google has a long and delicious history of naming Android versions in alphabetical order after desserts and other treats. So far we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

Here at Little Green Robot HQ we’ve narrowed it down to four options we think are most likely: Milkshake, Marshmallow, Meringue and Milky Way.

Milkshake and Marshmallow have both been popular names for Android M on fan forums and message boards for some time now, but they are also the only desserts  that we can actually imagine the Android robot being made out of for the official logo and lawn statue.

However, before Lollipop was confirmed as the name for Android L, everyone was convinced it would be called Lemon Meringue Pie. In retrospect maybe it was a bit too wordy, but there is still quite a lot of good will attached to the name, so maybe for Android M  they could simplify it to just ‘Meringue’?

Android KitKat was always a left-field choice for Google, being the first Android versions to be named after a branded product. Google insists no money changed hands and they just picked the name out of a love for the chocolate bar, but it led to KitKat producers Nestle and Hershey creating limited edition Android-branded KitKats. With all the free promotion this generates for Google and Android, what’s to stop them trying to do it again? Some have suggested Android Malteser, but we much prefer Android Milkyway – what goes better together than robots and outer space?

Now we’ve outlined our reasons, we want for you to vote for your favourite Android M name in the poll below. The survey will close on 28 April, with the winning name published alongside all of our other predicitions for Google I/O in Android Magazine issue 51, on sale 14 May.

Don’t like any of the names we’ve picked? Suggest your own in the comments section below!

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