Every release of Google’s operating system so far has taken the name of a sweet treat. So while the next version of Android is officially known as release 6.0, you and I should just call it Marshmallow. In the video above, a couple of Googlers reveal the name and give some insight into the company’s obsession with sugary naming conventions.
The new mobile OS will roll out to supported Android phones later this year (October or November, most likely). Also, it’s important to note that this is version 6.0, not 5-point-something, so this will be a substantial update. If you’re a developer, you can download the preview SDK, and start testing your apps. New features include direct sharing between Android devices, as well as system-level support for fingerprint sensors.
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.