Just after Google unveiled that the next version of its mobile operating system will be named Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the tech giant has now released the developer preview 3 for upcoming OS.
It is said that the third developer preview for what was once known as Android M is close to the final product, and this version of the mobile operating system should be stable enough to be used as a daily driver while waiting for the final release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow later on in the year.
Users that had the Developer Preview 2 version installed will be receiving an over-the-air notification that will allow them to simply download and install what seems to be the least developer preview for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Developer Preview 3 will also be compatible with the same devices that supported Developer Preview 2, specifically the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.
Users that did not have Developer Preview 2 installed but would like to have a sneak peek into Android 6.0 Marshmallow can try it by installing the software through system images that Google uploaded to the Android Developer website.
In addition to the Developer Preview 3, Google has also launched the new SDK for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The bump up from Android 5.1 Lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a somewhat surprising one, as it was previously thought that Android M would only take the operating system to Android 5.2 Lollipop. With the update being named Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it seems that Google is looking at it as a major upgrade to the operating system.
Users now also gain access to the latest APIs and almost final codes for testing purposes, along with an emulator that can test Developer Preview 3 for users that do not own any of the Nexus devices that can run the software. Developers can acquire these through the SDK Manager of Android Studio or any development environment available.
For the general public, it looks like it will only be a short wait until Android 6.0 Marshmallow is released for all compatible Android devices. The new operating system will bring new features and improve upon existing ones, starting with a new boot animation upon the startup of devices.