Back in May during Google I/O, the M Developer Preview was launched much to the excitement of Android fans. On Monday, Google surprised its supporters by announcing the sweet, delectable treat that Android 6.0 will be known for. It’s Marshmallow, and it’s jam-packed with new updates and features.
In an official announcement in the Developers Blog, Android Product Manager Jamal Eason wrote that the final Android 6.0 SDK will be available to download via SDK Manager. Moreover, Android Support Library will be updated to v23, which “makes it easier to integrate many of the new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, in a backwards-compatible manner.”
Android Marshmallow will come with new platform features such as fingerprint support and the new Doze power-saving mode. Permission-obsessed users will be happy to know about the new permission model, which “streamlines the app install and update process.”
How do you get the update?
The same blog announces that to help with the testing, the Android emulator system images and developer preview system images were updated to support the following phones: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 & Nexus Player. The device system images can be downloaded from the developer preview website. Nexus devices that are supported will also receive an OTA update within the week.
Feedback is highly expected, so testers are encouraged to use Google Play’s beta testing feature.
Droid Life has posted a 35-second video showing the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow boot animation. The animation that plays before the phone starts showcases four circles playing with one another. The animation and colors look more fun, quirkier. Those looking forward to Android Marshmallow will have to wait for whatever visuals the new version would showcase in the near future.
While no specific release date has been given, it is most likely that Google will publicly release Android Marshmallow between October and November of this year.
Watch the boot animation here: