Google officially announces Android 5.0 Lollipop



If you were betting on “Lollipop” as the name for Android 5.0, it’s time to collect your winnings. Google has officially announced Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google previewed Lollipop (then known simply as Android L) back at Google I/O. The Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player will all be the first devices to come with Android 5.0. Current Nexus devices will receive it in the coming months.

So what’s new in Android 5.0? The obvious new feature is the Material Design language that was shown off at I/O. It’s a completely new look and feel for Android. New colors, icons, and animations remove the last remnants of the Tron-esque ICS design. The multitasking menu has been completely revamped, and it now includes tabs from Chrome.

Under the hood Android Lollipop brings over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Most of these APIs are geared toward making devices work better together. Lollipop also adds new notifications controls, a battery saver mode, trusted Bluetooth connections, and even guest user modes. We’ll see 5.0 on the new Nexus devices first, followed by current devices in the coming weeks. Are you excited?



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Joe Fedewa
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  1. Cant wait to get this in 3 (hopefully sooner) months on my OnePlus One! I used to have a Nexus 5, and this is the only thing I regret about upgrading to the OnePlus One. Oh well, I can still enjoy it on my Nexus 7 until it gets to my OPO.

  2. Motorola said the Moto X would have this within a month of release…let’s see if they stick to that.

  3. I would really like to get excited for this, but I know it’s going to take some time to reach my Verizon htc m8. Didn’t htc promise to have L released a month after its release?

    1. Yea to their unlocked model. Hopefully in a few months we’ll have it on carrier m8s

    2. I would expect it to be on the Verizon HTC One M8 about 90 days after release everywhere else. That’s pretty much the standard “delay” that Big Red imposes (probably to ensure that the new OS works with its infested bloatware). It’ll be out on Sprint and AT&T well prior to that, and the developers will have Lollipop versions out well prior to that for those of us rooted/unlocked/S-OFF.

    3. 90 days for carrier branded devices.

  4. The real question is will I get it on my N5 before I buy the nexus 6

    1. This indeed is the real question.

    2. It’s safe to assume that the Nexus 5 will get it. It’s the second best Nexus phone after the Nexus 6. It would be a very bad decision on Google’s part to not update it.

      1. Nonono I know it will have it I’m already on the preview build. Just wondering if the factory image will be released before the nexus 6. After posting this I just saw google will be updating the developer preview on the 17th so that partly answers the question

        1. Oh goccha! I misunderstood your question. I’m not sure of the date, but doesn’t Google generally release updates to Nexus devices within a month of releasing any new Android updates?

    3. Should be soon. It’ll probably drop for us N5 users when the N6 is released. I think thats how that otter company did it. Release the new Gumby phone with the new os and then push it for everyone else.

  5. Come on, baby! Update for Moto G!

  6. Pixturez or it didn’t happen.

  7. Android Player? Is it something completely new, or have I been living under a rock?

  8. Cyanogen and oneplus one should work on it.

  9. On the brighter note. At least they didn’t use the word “lemon” anywhere in the name. Would have been a PR nightmare and not to mention all the commercials that fruity company could have conjured up.

  10. I have mixed feelings about this announcement. It’s great that we get to experience and use the next full iteration of Android. But, I don’t want to update my N5 yet because it means losing the wonderful tweaks afforded to me by Xposed. Though, in the end, I suppose it’s a good problem to have.

  11. love ya google!

  12. So, when is Google pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop source code to AOSP ?

  13. And then it sucked when I left my N4 and 5 behind for OPO. I hope we get it soon.

    1. I still have my N4 and 5. My N5 is in the drawer (soon to be my daily driver) and my N4 has a cracked screen.

  14. Screw Material design. I’m more interested in the new runtime to replace Dalvik and the battery enhancements. I like my black Nexus 5 to have a Tron styling to it, TYVM. :-)

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