Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Release Date and New Features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Release Date, Supported Devices and New Features

Few months after the release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, Android users are excited as the Android Marshmallow is almost ready with Google expected to unveil the final version of the OS before the end of the month. We’ll tell you what to expect from the Android 6.0 Marshmallow including release date and new features.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What will the New Android Operating System be Called?

After months of speculation and rumours, Google finally announced the version number and name of the next Android Operating System; Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

According to Google, “Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them! Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we’ve enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we’re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow”

Since the launch of the Android Alpha and Android Beta, Google has always named its Android OS updates in alphabetical order and after sweet treats. We have had the Android Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop which was the latest before the announcement of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Release Date

Owners of Google Nexus phones have been privileged to have a first-hand on the Android Marshmallow since the developer preview version is available now to users of Nexus phones.

You may like this: How to install Android M Developer Preview on your Nexus Device

The final version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will launch on the new Nexus 5 and new Nexus 6. Latest reports suggest that Google will unveil the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on 29th September, with the phones available to pre-order from 13th October.

For those who really want to get a first-hand on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS now, you can download the Android M Developer Preview if and only if you have a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or Nexus player.

Don’t expect to get the Android M on any other Android device apart from the Nexus until late 2015 or early 2016.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Supported Devices

For users with high-end devices from top-notch manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC or Sony, It is certain that an update will become available to your device. However, we must keep our fingers crossed till late 2015 or early 2016 when the updates are expected to roll out after it has first gotten to Nexus phones.

Other older smartphones, or those from smaller manufacturers, sadly may never get the upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

If you’re running Lollipop now then you might certainly get an upgrade to Android M. If you’re running KitKat or an older Android operating system, you probably might not be able to upgrade to the Android M.

This would sound good for HTC users as HTC has already confirmed that the HTC One M9, HTC One M9+ and HTC One M8 will all receive the Android M update.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: New Features – What to Expect

For the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google chose to concentrate on the following six areas: Power & Charging, Fingerprint Support, Mobile Payments, App Permissions, Web Experience and App Links.

In terms of power Google announced Doze, a new deeper-sleep state for devices running Android M that uses motion detection to learn when a device is not in use and puts them into a sort of ultra power-saving mode. Doze has the potential to bring up to two times longer battery life, while users still get important notifications as Google has shown to be the case with the Nexus 9 running Android M.

When the power finally runs out there will be Android M-wide support for USB Type C, or USB-C, which is a reversible-type connector that not only allows you to charge your phone or tablet three to five times faster but you can use it to charge another device.

Android M will also see the standardization for fingerprint sensors support. Not only will these be used to unlock and secure your phone, but they tie in nicely with the new Android Pay mobile payments system, which focuses on simplicity, security and choice. Android Pay is an open API, allowing developers to add it to their own apps.

For App permissions on the Android M, users will be requested to grant permission for activities the first time it is required rather the conventional permission request to use certain features at installation time.

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