Android 5.0 changelog shows an incredible amount of changes from KitKat to Lollipop


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Yesterday we watched as the Lollipop was uploaded to AOSP and while the Nexus community still anxiously awaits the release of Android 5.0 factory images, we now have a little bit of downtime. Taking a look at Lollipop running on the Nexus 5 and it’s pretty easy to see how big Android 5.0 is from Android 4.4 KitKat. Because seeing is believing, you might be curious to take a look at every, single, change made to Android code in Lollipop — outside the major changes already public on

Today the folks at Funky Android have once again compiled a developer changelog of all the changes made from KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop using a modified version of a script written by ex-Googler Jean-Baptiste Queru. The initial changelog for 5.0.0_r2 is pretty substantial, weighing in at just over 128,680 commits. Yeah, Android 5.0 Lollipop is huge.

Expect the changelog to be updated as bugs are discovered and patched in future updates, so goes the story with initial software releases. As far as those factory images go, Nexus 9 is now live (but expect smartphone images to launch sometime in the coming weeks).

[Funky Android]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Cliff hanger! “Android 5.0 Lollipop is a huge…”

  2. Where’s my red pen?

  3. When will AT&T Sell the Nexus 6?

  4. @ChrisChavez What the heck is all that junk on your desk? A credit card, scissors, two tylenol and a bunch of paper scraps? What do you do all day?

    1. My girlfriend also uses it to craft things >.<

      1. pic or it didn’t happen

        1. Of…. my girlfriend? O_o

          1. Lol Chris. This anxious waiting for the Lollipop OTA has made me more delusional than usual!

  5. How many commits did the other big versions have? Now we don’t have a comparison.

  6. Too bad only 30% of phones will have it my this time next year. By that time, Google will be thinking Mocha or Nachos or whatever is coming up.

    1. That’s not as important anymore in terms of what apps run. Google Services APIs are regularly updated all the way back to Android 2.3 so nearly all active Android devices will run recent apps as long as developer uses those APIs.

      If you want the new OS features, then yeah it’s about what devices port to it. But in terms of apps, older devices run most recent apps just fine. This is not the case with iOS and older iDevices.

    2. If you must have the latest version of Android immediately, stick to Nexus devices.

      If you insist on buying a cheap, carrier-specific phone, don’t come crying to us when updates take months and months or never come at all.

      1. Yep yep agreed

      2. What if you buy flagship non-nexus devices and plan to keep a $600 device for more than one year? What if you don’t like non-expandable limited storage and non-removable batteries that have limited life to begin with, and which necessitate a new phone every year.

        1. Flagships *usually* get updates relatively fast. Don’t give your money to companies that don’t… simple as that. And there’s always GPE devices (assuming that they do continue the GPE line).

          As for non-removable batteries necessitating a new phone every year… baloney. My N5 is a year old and is doing just fine. I have 3 and 4 year old tablets with non-removable batteries that still work (albeit I rarely touch them anymore). The original batteries from my OG Droid and GNex lasted me two years of actual use, and still work even now (again albeit I rarely turn them on anymore). Batteries in today’s phone last far longer than you seem to think.

          1. Agreed. The excuse of not liking non removable batteries is getting old and lame. lol

          2. If necessary, most popular devices get cases with a battery built into it, so you can simply use one of those to get increased battery life to negate the glacially decreasing battery life on the built in battery.

        2. If you go on T-Mobile and sign up for their JUMP program you can change your phone every 2 years, or every 2 weeks. So if you dont like a particular phone for whatever reason you can just get a new one….simple.

  7. Yes Linux kernel 3.14!

  8. Android 5.0 Grants Full SD Card Access To All Third Party Apps

    Check Here –

    1. I’ll have to see this in practice but this is great news

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