Android 6.0 Marshmallow : Final Developer Preview

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  This year at Google IO, Android M was introduced & just like the typical lollipop fashion, Developer preview's were released for a specific period, up until this week. As the final preview has landed, which gives us the official name of Android M as Android Marshmallow giving the version 6.0. Little do i know, same thing happened with Lollipop. Anyways, Google unveiled the Android Marshmallow statue earlier this week in their Android Lawn statue area. There's even behind the scenes video, as from where & how these statues are made. So what's in this third & final release of Marshmallow developer preview, let's find out.

Improvements in Marshmallow 6.0 Final Dev Preview :

Android 6.0 Marshmallow- Via Android

There aren't any additions, but refinements that are observed in this release. 
  • System UI tuner :
        Now instead of heading into developer options & turning it on, you can simply tap and hold the settings gear in the status bar(right after the double drop-down swipe), the settings icon will start spinning fast & there you have it : System UI tuner can now be accessed, below about phone section in settings.

    Quicknote You'll see a spanner icon right after settings gear icon. don't worry that's simply the indication that you've accessed System UI tuner.

  • A brand new boot animation :
        Now instead of those 4-5 dots flying around to form that android logo(Lollipop),  4-5 dots are kept in line where some material stuff juggles & eventually morphs into Android Logo, it's kinda cool. 

  • Inactive Apps :
        It is essentially the part where Doze is introduced as Apps go into idle mode when you don't use them, if you touch a specific app it goes active/inactive according to its current state, either way I'll keep you posted if i get more info on that.
  • No Easter Egg
     There isn't a easter egg out yet, as the thing shows up indicating : i don't know.
  • Now on Tap :
    Technically only animations have changed. Though now on tap cards cannot be used yet. I'm guessing they're keeping it for the official global release of Android Marshmallow 6.0 .
  •   Apart from that granular app permissions and changes to API level 23, which introduces stock fingerprint scanner support for Android 6.0 security changes are observed, homescreen can no longer be rotated in landscape orientation.

via Android Developers

    Finally let me make it clear that, this developer release is the last M Dev preview release & Google says in their blogpost that this final version is near perfect. It also brings with it the Android 6.0 SDK. Android Marshamallow Developer Preview 3 is now available for selected Nexus devices –  the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, you can find them on Google's Developer Preview site.
    Apart from that here's everything you need to know about first Android Marshmallow Dev Preview 1 & Marshmallow Developer Preview 2.


Google's official changelogs(Blogpost) :

   Compared to the previous developer preview update, you will find this final API update fairly incremental. You can check out all the API differences here, but a few of the changes since the last developer update include:
  • 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 enrollment experience, plus enumeration support for greater reliability.

  We might be closer than we think about the official public release as we can judge that by the speed that three beta's have came out so fast. Google says, "The preview images are near final but they are not intended for consumer use", so i'll recommend you flashing it on your secondary device, incase you're planning to do so.Ohh and incase you're wondering, it's not stagefright vulnerable.

Spoiler : When Android 6.0 Marshmallow launches to the public later this fall, you'll need to manually re-flash your device to a factory image  in order to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device.

By: Pratik Patil.

Editor-in-Chief and Founder. A curious soul who strives to make a difference in the world and make the most of life.

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