Wait is now finally over, after teasing for around more than a year Google launches latest version of Android Lollipop 5.0 officially. However we have already seen the preview of the Android version 5.0 earlier at Google I/O. Google is claiming that Lollipop is its largest Android release till date.
Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared, Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps at Google
As mentioned earlier, this latest Android will come with new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. These devices have also been launched along with the OS.
Let’s talk about the the Lollipop in details, based on Google’s new Material Design, Android 5.0 offers a number of new features and improvements over Android 4.4 KitKat. According to Google, Material Design offers a cleaner look with bold colors and is the company’s attempt to unify Android’s look and fell across devices.
Note: Android Lollipop 5.0 SDK for developers will be available from October 17th.
Highlights of Android Lollipop 5.0
- Native battery saver feature that extends your device battery backup by up to 90 minutes
- One Android version for all devices – phone, tablet, smartwatch, TV and even car
- Guest mode & Android Smart Lock
- Improved graphics and improved audio, video, and camera capabilities
- Better overall performance with ART (New Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness)
- New ways to control when and how you receive notifications
- New quick settings
- Synced experience across devices: Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
- Support for over 68 languages including Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu