In June this year, at Google I/O, we first heard of Android 6.0, or Android M. Now, we’ve finally learned about the original initial.
Since the first rumors of the next major version of Android, many have wondered what dessert Google will use to its name. The official response came today through the company blog post and by a new statue that found its place in front of the company headquarters in Mountain View. So we actually find that Android M is a reference to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
At the same as with the announcement of the exact name of the new operating system, people from Google have made some important gestures. First, a new developer preview version was released intended for developers along with a final version of the software development kit (SDK). The Android 6.0 SDK incorporates everything you need to grab your set of Android applications. On its official blog, Google has mentioned that the Android version released today is very close to the final that will be delivered to users, although it’s not intended for widespread use.
By the way, it is important to note that if you start using the preview version of Android 6.0, you will be forced to completely wipe your smartphone and install the new platform from scratch.
Among the features included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we can talk of the support for a new standard wireless payment, Android Pay; official compatibility with USB Type-C; a much more fine-tuned permissions for applications; and also performance enhancements throughout the operating system.
Developers are encouraged to prepare their applications in time for the launch of Android Marshmallow, but it is not yet clear if we get the new OS early this autumn or later, as we have become accustomed to in recent years. Those who seized the preview version revealed that it comes with a new boot animation for devices running the AOSP version, performed using graphics inspired by Material Design.