Keeping to Google’s tradition of naming new iterations of their Android operating system for smartphones by using alphabetically arranged dessert names it was a big mystery for us to see what name would the next version of Android will be after Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop. So when Google started fueling the already ongoing speculation in their official G+ page yesterday morning it got everyone wondering that maybe we will be seeing a new name today itself.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 6.0 Marshmallow

And then without further ado, Google revealed their new mascot outside their offices along with the name Android 6.0 Marshmallow! This announcement also comes with the final builds of the developer previews for the Nexus line and detailed API support for the developers to start integrating them into their applications. A detailed post on all the changes in the API can be found here.

Most of the changes that were highlighted since the last update are:

  • 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 enrolment experience, plus enumeration support for greater reliability.

One thing that really did surprise everyone out there was the version bump from 5.1 to directly 6.0. A lot of early rumors and speculations had us convinced that maybe the next iteration of Android may take up the 5.2 namespace.

Nevertheless, its a welcome addition and I’m pretty curious to know what all extra goodies are exactly packed inside this new version. Hopefully at the anticipated and upcoming Nexus launch event we will get all the exclusive details about features, updates in more detail.

Till then stay tuned for more details from our side about the features, new updates in the final developer preview images and when exactly will those image files be rolled out for the Nexus line.

And for the time being do let us know what changes would you like to see in Android 6.0 Marshmallow over 5.1 Lollipop

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