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?