This is a feature release to provide SDK bindings and IDE support for Android 6.0 "Marshmallow".
If you find any new issues in this release compared to the previous Stable versions, please do file a quick bug report, and then feel free to add a note on this thread with the bug number. Thanks!
You can downgrade back to the previous Stable version by manually reinstalling each old package. See the KB article on downgrading. If you have a Trial or Starter subscription (or simply would prefer an email with all the installer links you need), feel free to contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to request the older versions.
Older Mono package versions are not currently listed on https://store.xamarin.com/account/my/subscription/downloads. But no new Mono package was published for this release. The "126.96.36.199" Mono package from September 29 remains unchanged.
Mac Build Host
Reason for release: SDK bindings and IDE support for Android 6.0 "Marshmallow".
Release date: See https://releases.xamarin.com/.
The remaining known issues from older release threads ("Cycle 5 – Service Release 4" and earlier) are unchanged.
EDIT Oct 20: Remove Mac-only Android Bug 35006 from XamarinVS announcement.