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Cordova Android 6.0.0 Released!
24 Oct 2016

We are happy to announce a major release forCordova Android 6.0.0 has been released!

Run the following command in your project to save your currently installed plugins into config.xml:

cordova plugin save

To upgrade:

npm install -g cordova
cd my_project
cordova platform update android@6.0.0

To add it explicitly:

cordova platform add android@6.0.0

What's new in Android

This release adds significant functionality, and also introduces a number of breaking changes. Some of the changes to the code base will be of particular interest to third party webview plugin developers.

Major Changes

  • Primary bridge is the EVAL_BRIDGE, which tells the WebView to execute JS directly. This is more stable than the ONLINE_EVENT bridge
  • Full Support for Android Nougat (API 24)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Support has been deprecated. Minimum Supported Android Version is Jellybean (API 16/ Android 4.1)
  • Plugin Installation now CLEANS the build directory, this speeds up gradle build times and allows for CLI develoment to be more predictable

Changes For Third-Party WebView Developers:

  • executeJavascript method added and is an abstract method that must be implemented
  • the EVAL_BRIDGE must be added to the WebView

Curated Changes from the Git Commit Logs, check release notes for a more complete list

  • CB-11083: Fix to deal with custom frameworks with their own Gradle configuration
  • CB-8722: Move icons from drawable to mipmap
  • CB-11964: Call clean after plugin install and mock it in tests
  • CB-11935: Does a best-effort attempt to pause any processing that can be paused safely, such as animations and geolocation.
  • CB-11640: Changing requirements check to ask for Java 8
  • CB-11907: Bumping Gradle to work with Android Studio 2.2 and the Android Gradle Plugin
  • CB-11078: Empty string for BackgroundColor preference crashes application This closes #316

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