Google introduced the newest version of Android at its annual developer summit. The preview was known as ‘Android M’ and the company did not reveal what M stands for. Today, Google has announced that the latest iteration of Android will be called as ‘Marshmallow’.
The Android Marshmallow will be the 6th major version of the mobile OS and will not be called Android 5.2 as rumored before.
Google has released the finished version of Android 6.0 SDK and the software preview can be loaded on compatible Nexus smartphones. According to the company, the preview images are near final, but they are not intended for consumer use just yet.
If you flash the software preview on your devices right away then you have to manually re-flash your devices to a factory image to continue to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device when Android 6.0 Marshmallow launches to the public later this fall.
Android Marshmallow comes with a slew of new features, but here are some of the notable ones –
- Users now have more control over what information applications can use.
- Integration of Android Pay mobile wallet platform.
- Native support for USB Type-C and fingerprint sensors.
Google is said to be working on two Nexus smartphones this year – one from Huawei and a successor to Nexus 5 from LG. It’s quite obvious that Google will be using these two devices to showcase its Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
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