The suspense of Android M is finally over as Google has confirmed that the Android M stands for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Play Store will be unlocked for developers to publish apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.
Google has also announced the official Android 6.0 SDK (Software Development Kit) that will be accessible for download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio. It will bring access to final Android APIs and modern build tools.
In an official tweet from Android’s official Twitter handle confirmed the Marshmallow announcement.
— Android (@Android) August 17, 2015
In a blog post, Product Manager at Android – Jamal Eason said, “Today with the final Developer Preview update, we’re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play Store for publishing your apps that target the new Android API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.”
Google is well-known for its sweet tooth in naming its operating systems, starting with Cupcake, through frozen treat predecessors Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich, through the alphabet to Marshmallow’s forerunners Lollipop.
The Search Engine giant, Google has firstly announced the plans for Android M, the latest version of the mobile operating system at its I/O developer conference in May, 2015.
Needless to say, the newly announced Android 6.0 M (Marshmallow) OS comes with new features such as Fingerprint Scanner, Track Memory, Auto Backup and Doze Power Saving Mode. It also offers new permissions model.
This Is How Google Names Versions of Android
Android Pay, Google’s answer to Apple Pay, will also be the part of Android M, even though this will only work in newly launched NFC-enabled devices. Android Pay will use a virtual card number throughout the financial transactions and not the real debit/credit card number.
The final preview of the OS has been posted and now all we have to do is wait for the official release of Android M 6.0, which is likely to come along with the new Nexus devices.
You can be assured that the Android M update will come to the flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.