Google has finally unveiled its latest sweet Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the world. As the tradition goes, the Marshmallow statue now stands tall in Google’s Mountain View headquarters’ lawn outside Building 44. Google has also released the final preview of the new operating system, and Nexus device can install the preview version right away. Also Read - Google pulls down Android distribution chart on the web: Here's how you can still see itAlso Read - Google Sound Amplifier app now available for smartphones running Android 6 Marshmallow and above
To start with, you need to have a compatible device. The preview is currently available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or Nexus Player. Head to the Android developer preview site and download the images depending on the device. Google has uploaded separate images for each compatible Nexus device. Also Read - Google may have discontinued security updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
After finishing download, unzip the file in a safe place. Then just follow the instructions on the Google Developers page, on how to flash the image on the Nexus gadget. Make sure you follow all instructions perfectly to prevent your phone from bricking.
It is important to note that the preview images are for developers, and not for commercial purposes, hence once Android M goes official, you will again need to re-flash the device to receive regular OTA updates. The latest preview version, might be more refined, but may still have bugs. So if you’re a novice at flashing, we recommend you to wait it out.
With this preview, the company has updated the permissions user interface and enhanced some of the permissions behavior. It has also integrated some updates to the fingerprint API which enables better error reporting and better fingerprint enrolment experience for greater reliability.
Google took the wraps off Android M at I/O earlier this year, and it brings improved performance, battery life and security. A bunch of new features like Native tap-to-wake support, Dismiss all button, Backup service, Standalone Calculator app, Night mode, as well as offline mode have also been introduced.