After making us wait for quite some, after its preview at Google I/O back in June, Mountain View has finally launched the latest version of its Android OS for general public. Dubbed as Android L at preview, people were trying to guess its name. You no longer need to do that as the latest version will be known as Android Lollipop. Yes, L for Lollipop.
Android Lollipop will be the fifth major version of Google’s smartphone OS with version number at 5.0. As far as the changes are concerned, Android Lollipop brings revamped UI with Google’s new design philosophy known as Material Design. Android Lollipop also brings in tighter privacy controls that let you block people and notifications. Android Lollipop also enables full multi-account and guest user mode. It’ll also come with new battery saver option too which Google claims, will extend battery life by up to 90 minutes.
Obviously, it will have plethora of performance upgrades, so you should just relax. For developers, there are over 5000 new APIs. Google says the latest major version of the OS is made for all different sizes and types of Android devices.
Now here’s the crucial question. Which all devices are going to get this update? Google officially states Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and other Google Play edition devices which run pure Android, as eligible of new Android update. Since Google haven’t specified it, it’s safe to assume that both Nexu 7s (2013 & 2013) will get the update.
As a tradition, Google has also launched three new devices running Android Lollipop. Nexus 6 by Motorola is the phablet running the latest OS while the Nexus 9 which is a tablet, is made by HTC and Player by Asus.