For as long as this operating system existed, it was either codenamed or officially named for candies. Thus, it is no surprise that Google is yet again going for the sugar candy name for the Android 6.0, which is scheduled to debut soon. Called Marshmallow, it will feature the next step in the evolution of the mobile system, designed to provide speed, ease of use and advanced features for the users.
“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.” – Google SDK Blog
Along with the new platform features like fingerprint support and Doze power saving mode, Android Marshmallow features a new permissions model that streamlines the app install and update process. To give users this flexibility and to make sure your app behaves as expected when an Android Marshmallow user disables a specific permission, it’s important that you update your app to target API 23, and test the app thoroughly with Android Marshmallow users.
More importantly, Marshmallow brings a sea of improvements, such as support for multiple 4K resolutions (device display plus MHL/HDMI output), new audio features geared towards professionals, as well as productivity tools with Android for Work.
While the actual release date is yet unannounced, the winter timeframe will probably be the best educated guess, compiling the useful resources and information available about it. We will keep you updated about the Android M or the Android 6.0 (if you wanna call it either way really) in the future as well. That would fit nicely with the new Nexus 6, rumoured to be manufactured by Huawei and Nexus 9 tablet, rumoured to be manufactured by Lenovo. Exciting times ahead.