With a tradition of naming Android versions after edibles or snacks to be precise, Android M has finally been unveiled and Google has decided to call this one Android Marshmallow. It comes just after Lollipop. Other past versions included doughnut, ice cream Sandwich, Kit Kat, Honeycomb among others. Last May, the software as previewed at its annual I/O conference and it is expected to feature an improved Android Pay and Google Now voice assistant.
In addition to this announcement , Google has released a preview version of the software and here’s how to access it.
“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.”
Here are the update notes for the final preview version of Marshmallow:
- Android Platform Change:
- Final Permissions User Interface — we updated the permissions user interface and enhanced some of the permissions behavior.
- API Change:
- Updates to the Fingerprint API — which enables better error reporting, better fingerprint enrollment experience, plus enumeration support for greater reliability.