Android 6.0 will officially be called “Marshmallow” Google confirms
Information on Google’s next operating system for mobile devices was building up in the last few months, and finally Android M has an official name. Google has announced that the next Android 6.0 operating system is going to be called as Android Marshmallow, laying all speculations about Android Milkshake to rest. The final version of this OS is nearing completion and as a result 6.0 SDK final Developer Preview update is now available to developers (SDK Manager in Android Studio) for coming up with API level 23 apps.
In a press note Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android said;
Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them!
Android Marshmallow out for developers and will be released finally in Q3 2015 to general public
This final preview update comes right after the Preview 2 update that brought in the list of more new features to Android 6.0. And as expected this final update also brings with it some new unseen features that will give this operating system a definitive edge over its predecessors and also other competitors like Apple iOS 9.
As app permissions are going to bring more flexibility to the way your apps get access to hardware and other functions. This new update brings more stability to the app behavior when certain permissions are disabled. To make it easier for app developers, now the app can be tested by upgrading to API 23. The Android emulator system images and developer’s preview have been updated for Nexus 5/Nexus 6/Nexus 9/Nexus Player, and you as a developer can start testing right now.
Android 6.0 will come with fingerprint support for authentication to make purchases in Play Store and also for Android Pay services. The new API update makes sure for a better fingerprint enrollment experience with much better reliability.
For now the operating system is only available for developers to experiment with their apps and public release is slated for Q3 release. That date is going to extend when we talk about getting it in the hands of a normal consumer since the manufacturers also have to approve the update before starting rolling it out in their handsets.