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Cordova Android 5.0.0
09 Nov 2015

We are happy to announce that Cordova Android 5.0.0 has been released.

With this release, there is now support for Android Marshmallow permission checking in plugins. Due to the nature of the recent Android changes, the major version has been incremented to reflect the new API changes. Only plugins that use certain permissions as defined by Google are affected by this change. The following core plugins needed to be updated:

  • cordova-plugin-camera
  • cordova-plugin-geolocation
  • cordova-plugin-contacts
  • cordova-plugin-file
  • cordova-plugin-media

We are in the process of releasing these plugins to npm. If you decide to update to cordova-android@5.0.0 before we release the plugins, please install these updated plugins via git for now.

cordova plugin add

Information on how to use the new Android Permission APIs can be found in the Cordova documentation, which can be found here.

To upgrade:

npm install -g cordova
cd my_project
cordova platform update android@5.0.0

To add it explicitly:

cordova platform add android@5.0.0

What's new in Android platform

  • CB-9909 Shouldn't escape spaces in paths on Windows.
  • CB-9870 updated hello world template
  • CB-9880 Fixes platform update failure when upgrading from android@<4.1.0
  • CB-9844 Remove old .java after renaming activity
  • CB-9800 Fixing contribute link.
  • CB-9782 Check in cordova-common dependency
  • CB-9835 Downgrade properties-parser to prevent failures in Node < 4.x
  • CB-9782 Implements PlatformApi contract for Android platform.
  • CB-9826 Fixed test-build script on windows.
  • Refactor of the Cordova Plugin/Permissions API
  • Bump up to API level 23
  • Commiting code to handle permissions, and the special case of the Geolocation Plugin
  • CB-9608 cordova-android no longer builds on Node 0.10 or below
  • CB-9080 Cordova CLI run for Android versions 4.1.1 and lower throws error
  • CB-9557 Fixes apk install failure when switching from debug to release build
  • CB-9496 removed permissions added for crosswalk
  • CB-9402 Allow to set gradledistubutionUrl via env variable CORDOVA_ANDROID_GRADLE_DISTRIBUTION_URL
  • CB-9428 update script now bumps up minSdkVersion to 14 if it is less than that.
  • CB-9430 Fixes check_reqs failure when javac returns an extra line
  • CB-9172 Improved emulator deploy stability.
  • CB-9404 Fixed an exception when path contained -debug or -release
  • CB-8320 Setting up gradle so we can use CordovaLib as a standard Android Library
  • CB-9185 Fixed an issue when unsigned apks couldn't be found.
  • CB-9397 Fixes minor issues with cordova requirements android
  • CB-9389 Fixes build/check_reqs hang