Android ‘M’ stands for Marshmallow, turns to Version 6

Posted on Aug 18 2015 - 3:23pm by Pavithra Manisha

Irrespective of whether the Marshmallow you like is straight out of the bag , slightly roasted to golden brown and yet molten in the centre or still in the fluffy form, everyone likes MarshmallowGoogle has now opened the secret behind the M in Android M and it stands for Marshmallow. This makes it Andorid 6.0 final update.

Android M- Marshmallow

Android M- Marshmallow

This version of Android Marshmallow is said to release this fall. The preview was featured at Google’s I/O  conference. To increase the excitement  among the users Google had held off from announcing the full name.  After finalising the name, Google also released the finished version of the Android 6.0 SDK and the third Marshmallow software preview can be loaded on the Nexus device. In the Google Blog Post the preview images are near final but not intended for customer use.  Also remember that when Android 6.0  Marshmallow Launches to the public later this fall, you will need to manually re-flash your device to a factory image to continue to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device.

Get your apps ready for Android Marshmallow

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Android M- Marshmallow

The final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio. With the Android 6.0 SDK you have access to the final Android APIs and the latest build tools so that you can target API 23. Once you have downloaded the Android 6.0 SDK into Android Studio, update your app project compileSdkVersion to 23 and you are ready to test your app with the new platform. You can also update your app to targetSdkVersion to 23 test out API 23 specific features like auto-backup and app permissions.

Along with the Android 6.0 SDK, we also updated the Android Support Library to v23. The new Android Support library makes it easier to integrate many of the new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, in a backwards-compatible manner. This release contains a number of new support libraries including: customtabs, percent, recommendation, preference-v7, preference-v14, and preference-leanback-v17.

Check your App Permissions

Along with the new platform features like fingerprint support and Doze power saving mode, Android Marshmallow features a new permissions model that streamlines the app install and update process. To give users this flexibility and to make sure your app behaves as expected when an Android Marshmallow user disables a specific permission, it’s important that you update your app to target API 23, and test the app thoroughly with Android Marshmallow users.

How to Get the Marshmallow Update

The Android emulator system images and developer preview system images have been updated for supported Nexus devices (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 & Nexus Player) to help with your testing. You can download the device system images from the developer preview site. Also, similar to the previous developer update, supported Nexus devices will receive an Over-the-Air (OTA) update over the next couple days.

Although the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the devices system images are still developer preview versions. The preview images are near final but they are not intended for consumer use. Remember that when Android 6.0 Marshmallow launches to the public later this fall, you’ll need to manually re-flash your device to a factory image to continue to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device.

What is New with Marshmallow

Compared to the previous developer preview update, you will find this final API update fairly incremental. You can check out all the API differences here, but a few of the changes since the last developer update include:

Android Platform Change:

Final Permissions User Interface — we updated the permissions user interface and enhanced some of the permissions behaviorr

API Change:

Updates to the Fingerprint API — which enables better error reporting, better fingerprint enrollment experience, plus enumeration support for greater reliability.

Upload your Android Marshmallow apps to Google Play

Google Play is now ready to accept your API 23 apps via the Google Play Developer Console on all release channels (Alpha, Beta & Production). At the consumer launch this fall, the Google Play store will also be updated so that the app install and update process supports the new permissions model for apps using API 23.

To make sure that your updated app runs well on Android Marshmallow and older versions, we recommend that you use Google Play’s newly improved beta testing feature to get early feedback, then do a staged rollout as you release the new version to all users.

Further Updates

This time the Android Marshmallow has included a more easier approach to permissions with Google’s new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, USB Type-C  support and a lot of other tweaks and improvements throughout the operating system . Android M succeeds Android 5.0 Lollipop that had brought in a huge change in the interface and visual effect of the operating system.

Further it is also rumoured that Google is working on two Nexus smartphones that are to showcase the Android 6.0 Marshmallow . These phones are from Huawei and a Nexus 5 suposedly. These Marshmallow phones are also likely to have finger print scanners as security measures to log into apps.

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