Android L

Google officially announces Android 5.0 Lollipop

Oct 15th - 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.

Google developer posts screenshot with Android Lollipop debug icon

Oct 14th - Android Lollipop debug icon makes a surprise appearance in Chromium Issue Tracker. This doesn't mean it's official -- Google's been known for throwing everyone for a loop (remember Key Lime Pie?).

What we know about the Nexus 6

Oct 14th - As the excitement reaches a fever pitch for this highly-anticipated smartphone, let’s step back and take a look at what we know about the device so far and what we expect to come as part of Google’s official announcement.

Nexus 5’s battery draining camera bug will finally be fixed in Android L once and for all

Oct 7th - Haven't seen this since Android 4.4.2, but if you're still getting that battery draining camera bug on your Nexus 5 good news -- Android L should finally kill it once and for all.

This is Android L with TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S5 [VIDEO]

Oct 2nd - It's not often we get an early look at new firmware, but the folks at SamMobile have acquired a Samsung Galaxy S5 loaded up with Android L and what will be the latest version of TouchWiz once the duo finally arrives.

Recent Android L builds looking a lot more mature with tweaked system UI [VIDEO]

Oct 1st - Android L might not look totally different when it makes its way out of the oven compared to what Google first showed at this past year's I/O, but Google isn't against changing a few things up ahead of its official release.

Google provides new details on Android Auto – talks about design, architecture, and development process

Sep 29th - Android Auto is one of the most exciting features in the upcoming Android L release. Today, Google is providing developers with new information on getting their apps ready for Android Auto compatibility.

Android L spotted being used on Nexus 4 by Googlers

Sep 22nd - Well, isn't this interesting. It appears the Nexus 4 won't be left behind when Android L makes its way to handsets later this year. A recent bug report entry in Google's issue tracker mentions a Nexus 4 running a build of Android L.

Official: Android L will have encryption turned on by default

Sep 19th - Android is about to get a whole lot more secure. The Washington Post is reporting that Android L will automatically encrypt user data out of the box. This will make it much more difficult for law enforcement officials (a.k.a NSA) access your personal private data.

Fresh out the oven: Google apps extracted from the latest Android L update (LPV81C)

Aug 7th - We've extracted all the apps from the new Android L Preview build (LPV81C). For those interested, you are free to harvest whatever you like.

Android L Preview updated to build LPV81C, now available for Nexus 5 and 7 2013 [DOWNLOAD]

Aug 7th - Well that was unexpected. Seems Google has just uploaded new Android L builds for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi). Build LPV81C for the Nexus 5 weighs in at 431MB and although we’re not sure exactly what’s new, you can be sure we’ll be flashing it to our phones in the coming […]

Multiple user accounts coming soon to Android smartphones, will no longer be exclusive to tablets

Aug 6th - Multi user accounts are officially headed to Android smartphones. Should be included in a future release although a specific version number wasn't given (of course).

Motorola’s Punit Soni confirms the Moto X will receive Android L (as if there was any doubt)

Aug 4th - Will the Moto X receive Android L? According to Motorola, "Yup."

This is how Instagram could look with a Material Design makeover [VIDEO]

Aug 1st - It'll be a while before many of our favorite Android apps are given the Material Design treatment, but that doesn't mean we can't dream. One concept artist has decided to put together a reel of what he thinks Instagram's app could look like with the new design language.

Android Wear watch face API is on the way, developers urged to hold off until then

Jul 17th - We've already seen tons of great watch faces for Android Wear smart watches pop up in the Google Play Store, but Google says developers should hold their horses before going a bit too crazy. Wayne Piekarski revealed that the company is working to bring an official API.