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Android M Is Officially 'Marshmallow'

Google has completed the SDK for its Android 6.0 update, officially called "Marshmallow," along with a final preview for Nexus phones.

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Gather 'round the campfire, readers. Google has announced Android M will be known as "Marshmallow" and the company has now also released the Android 6.0 SDK and final software preview.

Google has adopted the practice of naming Android OS releases after food that is bad for its users. While not quite as catchy as Lollipop, Marshmallow certainly beats Maple Syrup or Milk Duds.

We learned the details behind the newest version of Android at Google I/O earlier this year. Android M was released to developers at that time, with a public rollout expected in Q3 2015.

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A few months later, Google is almost ready to release Android Marshmallow to the public.

The third Developer Preview released Monday, Aug. 17, for Nexus smartphones delivers a couple of improvements on the last update, delivered in July. These include an updated permissions user interface and enhancements to the Fingerprint API including better error reporting, fingerprint enrollment experience, and reliability.

The Marshmallow preview is available for supported Nexus smartphones including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. These devices will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update over the next couple of days, Android product manager Jamal Eason writes in a blog post.

Eason also notes the preview images are almost final but still not intended for consumer use. When Marshmallow launches later this fall, Nexus users will need to manually re-flash their devices to a factory image in order to continue receiving consumer OTA updates.

The Android 6.0 SDK is also available for download today through the SDK Manager in Android Studio.  

With Marshmallow, Google has focused improving the core user experience, according to engineering vice president Dave Burke. Google is working to deliver more polish and better quality, similar to Apple's efforts for upcoming mobile OS releases.

(Image: Android Engineering VP Dave Burke via Twitter)

(Image: Android Engineering VP Dave Burke via Twitter)

Major improvements coming to Android include a new, simpler permission system that lets apps ask for permission when features are used, better mobile browsing experience, power and charging improvements, and support for mobile payments through Android Pay.

Marshmallow will also pack a few new features for enterprise environments. Android 6.0 has an API for owners of Work Profile to measure data used by work apps; a DevicePolicyManager API for getting devices up and running on corporate networks; and the ability for admins to set up non-editable WiFi configurations.

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tjgkg
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9/19/2015 | 12:23:38 PM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
My pleasure. By the way i have updated to iOS 9 without problems and i like the features. Now if they can get the watch OS2 working i could really appreciate my Apple Watch a lot more!
mak63
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mak63,
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8/19/2015 | 2:44:57 PM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
Thanks for that tjgkg. I'll skip Lollipop all together, and wait for Marshmallow.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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8/19/2015 | 10:41:43 AM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
That is interesting as i found earlier Android upgrades to be problem free. Lollipop surprised me with the overheating. I have a friend who has the S6 Edge and has the same problems. They really need to get everyone on board or there will be a problem going forward. I switched to Apple when my contract ended and have not had any problems with the two upgrades so far. I think iOS 9 is coming out next month but typically i have not had problems with the point upgrades either on any iOS device i have owned.
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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8/19/2015 | 5:54:34 AM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
I wish i had stayed on Kit Kat!!! Once i went to Lollipop my S4 started overheating and my battery lost power much quicker despite no change in usage.
mak63
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mak63,
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8/19/2015 | 2:48:05 AM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
I'm still on KitKat. I don't know if I suppose to be happy or sad about it.
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8/18/2015 | 2:11:29 PM
Re: Hope This Update Is Better
Sadly I think the issues with updates often comes from having to rely on third party hardware vendors to ensure they have the ability to support these new versions of Android.  There are many manufacturers that are barely supporting Lollipop, and it's causing a lot of issues with users who want to upgrade to the latest functionality of Android.  Not sure what the fix is though, as we still need the BIOS of these third-parties to support Android, but for Google, ensuring they can push their OS across as many platforms as possible is a very huge task.
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tjgkg,
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8/17/2015 | 7:54:20 PM
Hope This Update Is Better
The last few Android updates were not very good. In particular the phones tended to overheat and battery life was noticeably reduced. Fixing the permissions will be better and allow users to pick and choose what parts of the system the apps have access to.
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