Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 GA release

Published on June 10, 2016

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Android Marshmallow

We are glad to deliver the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 GA release for all our platforms: BD-SL-i.MX6 (SABRE Lite)Nitrogen6x, Nitrogen6_Max (Quad and QuadPlus), Nitrogen6_SOM, Nitrogen6_SOMv2Nitrogen6_Lite, Nit6_SoloX and Nitrogen6_VM.

This release went under the same testing as our previous releases which is why we now recommend this release for new designs.

For the impatient

You can download images from here:

As usual, you'll need to register on our site and agree to the EULA because it contains Freescale content.

Update 20170224 changelog:

Update 20161129 changelog:

Update 20160811 changelog:

Update 20160620 changelog:

  • Adds basic OV564x autofocus support

The image is a 4GB SD card image that can be restored using zcat and dd under Linux.

~$ zcat m601*.img.gz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=1M

For Windows users, please use Alex Page's USB Image Tool.

What's new?

This section will only describe the changes brought either by the OS update itself or modified/added features.

OS update

Here is a non-exhaustive list of noticeable changes between Android 5.1.1 and 6.0.1:

  • Security enhancements
    • SELinux policies more strict
    • Adoptable external storage
      • Enabled for external SD-Card only on our builds
    • App permissions now selectable
      • Will ask you during first use of the app:
      • Also able to change it through Settings > Apps menu:
  • MultiWindow mode
    • Still experimental in Marshmallow
    • Needs to be enabled manually in Settings > Developer options

Google also provides a list of notable changes for developers:

For a more complete changelog between the two versions, we invite you to look at the very nice Opersys website which lists all the different commits between every version:

Same as before, TiWi-BLE offer the WiFi-P2P feature (also called WiFi Direct) but its firmware has proven not be stable. In case you want to disabled that feature to have a more stable connection, enter the following command line:

~/$ adb shell 'setprop persist.sys.wifidirect disabled'

Linux Kernel 3.14.52

Just like Android 5.1.1, this release is based on a 3.14 kernel. The only notable change since 5.1.1 is the use of the latest (and greatest) Vivante graphics libraries (v5.0.11 p8).

If you haven't used Android with a 3.14.x kernel yet, please make sure to update U-Boot.

U-Boot changes

As said in the previous section, using a Linux Kernel >= 3.14.x now requires to have a U-Boot version >= v2015.07 due to our new display detection mechanism.

More information on those U-Boot changes on a previous blog post:

As of this writing, the latest version we support is the 2016.03. You can download binaries directly from this webpage:

Then, you need to set a uboot_defconfig variable which is unique per platform:

  • nit6xlite1g for Nit6xlite with 1GB of RAM
  • nitrogen6_max for Nitrogen6_MAX
  • nitrogen6q for Nitrogen6x/BD-SL-i.MX6
  • nitrogen6sx for Nit6_SoloX

Below is an example for Nitrogen6x.

U-Boot> setenv uboot_defconfig nitrogen6q U-Boot> run upgradeu

Miscellaneous additions

  • Support of data encryption
    • Requires to setup a PIN password in Settings > Security
    • Needs to be enabled in Settings > Encrypt tablet
    • A new partition (9) has been added to store the keys
  • ExFAT, NTFS and Ext4 are supported for all external media
    • BUT requires SELinux to be disabled or permissive due to new more restrictive AOSP policies.
  • Fastboot support improvement
    • Requires to use latest U-Boot v2016.03 
    • Works with both sparse and regular images
    • However, latest fastboot doesn't look for unknown USB product ID so you now need to specify it as follows:
~/$ adb shell reboot bootloader ~/$ fastboot -i 0x0525 flash boot $OUT/boot.img finished. total time: 3.762s ~/$ fastboot -i 0x0525 flash recovery $OUT/recovery.img finished. total time: 3.402s ~/$ fastboot -i 0x0525 flash system $OUT/system.img finished. total time: 52.153s ~/$ fastboot -i 0x0525 continue resuming boot...
  • Camera HALv3 is now being used
    • Note that our auto-focus support has been integrated in version 20160620 of the Nitrogen6x image.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Dual display demo
  • SuperUser removal
    • Since the Koush app isn't supported in Marshmallow and that new SELinux policies prevent its use

Source code access

For the newcomers, please make sure to read our "Android Getting Started Guide" since it contains all the information you need to download, build and flash an Android image.

For those already familiar with our releases, here is a condensed version to get the source code:

~/$ mkdir myandroid ~/$ cd myandroid ~/myandroid$ repo init -u git:// -b boundary-imx-m6.0.1_1.0.0-ga ~/myandroid$ repo sync ~/myandroid$ source build/ ~/myandroid$ lunch ... choose nitrogen6x / nit6xlite / nitrogen6sx from the list of boards ~/myandroid$ make 2>&1 | tee build.out


As always, let us know your experiences (both good and bad) when you test out this image.