Android 6.0 Is Officially Called Marshmallow

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Google announced the final developer preview for the M release of Android, which was first launched in May. Today, it introduced the official Android 6.0 SDK and opened Google Play to publishing apps that target the new API level 23. Oh, and it's called Marshmallow.

Google says in a blog post:

The final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio. With the Android 6.0 SDK you have access to the final Android APIs and the latest build tools so that you can target API 23. Once you have downloaded the Android 6.0 SDK into Android Studio, update your app project compileSdkVersion to 23 and you are ready to test your app with the new platform. You can also update your app to targetSdkVersion to 23 test out API 23 specific features like auto-backup and app permissions.

Along with the Android 6.0 SDK, we also updated the Android Support Library to v23. The new Android Support library makes it easier to integrate many of the new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, in a backwards-compatible manner. This release contains a number of new support libraries including: customtabs, percent, recommendation, preference-v7, preference-v14, and preference-leanback-v17.

The update includes updates to the permissions user interface and enhancements to permissions behavior. The Fingerprint API also got an update to enable better error reporting, fingerprint enrollment, and enumeration support for better readability.

The consumer launch for Marshmallow will be this fall, when the Google Play store will be updated so the app install and update process supports the new permissions model.

More on how to get the new update here.

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