Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview Now Available for Download
Google has finally put a stop to speculation over the exact name of its upcoming Android update. Dave Burke, Android’s VP of Engineering, took to the Twitter yesterday and announced that the next major update to Google’s mobile operating system is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
As a tradition, Google has also erected a statue of a green droid holding the new dessert figurine at the lawn of its Mountain View headquarters.
The company has also released the official Android 6.0 SDK for developers, along with opening up Google Play for submission of apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.
Unlike Android Lollipop release, which was packed with a number of enticing features, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is largely focused on delivering stability and performance improvements.
Though the update brings new features including Android Pay, Tap on Now, new app permissions model, built-in support for fingerprint scanner, as well as support for the USB Type-C standard.
In addition, Marshmallow offers native support for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture.
The stock firmware builds for Android M are now available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player via Google’s Android developer page.
Android M Developer Preview 3 downloads
Nexus 6: shamu-MPA44G-preview-6ad5fb56.tgz
Nexus 9: volantis-MPA44G-preview-7ff8343a.tgz
Nexus Player: fugu-MPA44G-preview-f9cc2862.tgz
After downloading the appropriate system image, follow this link; it will guide you through the steps to flash the Android M Developer Preview 3 on your Nexus device.