Google has announced Android 5.0 Lollipop which is designed to meet the diverse needs Android users. Lollipop is the largest release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all devices and to be customized the way users see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.
“With this latest release of Android Lollipop, we’re excited to continue working with our developer community, hardware partners, and all of you. More ideas and more creators is what gets us all to better ideas faster. And since everyone’s invited to the party, we hope you’ll join in the fun by creating and sharing an Android character that captures a little bit of who you are—one of a kind”, said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps
Android 5.0 Lollipop, is available on Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. It will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.
Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17. Nexus 9 will be in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November.
Lollipop is made for a world where moving throughout the day means interacting with a bunch of different screens—from phones and tablets to TVs. With Lollipop, it’s easier than ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones.
As you switch from one screen to another, the experience should feel the same. So Lollipop has a consistent design across devices—an approach Google calls Material Design. Now content responds to your touch, or even your voice, in more intuitive ways, and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
Lollipop also gives you more control over your device. You can now adjust your settings so that only certain people and notifications can get through, for example, when you’re out to dinner or in the middle of an important meeting. And when an important notification does come through, you can see it directly from the lockscreen.
There’s a new battery saver feature that extends the life of your device by up to 90 minutes—helpful if you’re far from a power outlet. There are multiple user accounts and guest user mode for keeping your personal stuff private. And you can now secure your device with a PIN, password, pattern, or even by pairing your phone to a trusted device like your watch or car with Smart Lock. But this is just a small taste of Lollipop. read more