Android 5.0 Lollipop made official

Android 5.0 Lollipop made officialGoogle confirmed its existence at the end of June (as if there was any doubt that a KitKat successor would touch down in autumn), and since then we’ve been referring to it simply as Android L or Android 5.0.

Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP) appeared to be the internal codename, and I had my suspicions that it might be Android Lion (as in the Nestle chocolate bar), but it’s officially now Android 5.0 Lollipop. Death to corporate sponsorship, I guess.

We learned quite a lot about Android 5.0 Lollipop back at Google I/O in summer, so we knew, for example, that one of the headline features was Material Design, which introduces a consistent design experience across all Android/Google products.

There’s also Project Volta, which aims to make Android more battery efficient, and a new battery saver feature that offers – we’re told – a further 90 minutes of use.

In its Android 5.0 Lollipop blog post, Google also details seamless use as you change devices, whether you’re searching or playing a song or watching a video or looking at photos; big G wants you to “pick up where you left off”.

Other Android 5.0 Lollipop features include fluid transitions, a filter that only allows notifications you’ve deemed important (say you’re out to dinner or in a meeting), multiple user accounts, guest mode, and the ability to pair your phone or tablet with a “trusted device” like your car or watch.

Inevitably more features will become apparent in the coming days, at which point we’ll pen some sort of Top 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop features type feature. Or something. EDIT: here's the full rundown of Android 5.0 Lollipop features, straight from Google.

Of course, the software wouldn’t mean much without the hardware to debut it on. As expected, Google lifted the lid on the Motorola-built Nexus 6 and HTC’s Nexus 9; I’ll get to those presently.

Oh, and if you own a Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, Google says Android 5.0 Lollipop will be with you “in the coming weeks”.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2014 at 18:33

From that Google link we gain such fantastic insight like:

Content responds to your touch in an intuitive way. LOL

Okay, there's more info, but it's pretty PR fluff....

Why am I pointing this out: because the moment L is out we'll talk m, n, o.....
Android is like the local Tesco or Walmart that changes 'content', rearranges shelves, and redecorates regularly... NOT to maybe one day have the ideal setup, but to confuse, oh, oops, intrigue for a few weeks. The Beta kings. I don't want to begrudge the happy Android fans who like that... But: you have to understand that it's not for everyone. Some people like their progress with a hint of consistency and familiarity.

kitechker  Oct. 15, 2014 at 19:28

They mention something like a 'battery saving feature' every year though there are slight improvements it never really delivers. I hope this android version does. On the Nexus 6, from looking at the pictures it is HUGE, and looks bigger than the iPhone 6 plus. And it looks like it will be costing more than the £300 mark we are used to with the previous versions. Not as excited as I have been previously.

JanSt - you mention 'pretty PR fluff..' seriously? Apple are the kings of that! :)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2014 at 21:18

They mention something like a 'battery saving feature' every year though there are slight improvements it never really delivers. I hope this android version does. On the Nexus 6, from looking at the pictures it is HUGE, and looks bigger than the iPhone 6 plus. And it looks like it will be costing more than the £300 mark we are used to with the previous versions. Not as excited as I have been previously.

JanSt - you mention 'pretty PR fluff..' seriously? Apple are the kings of that! :)
No, Apple are the kings of vacuous statements that anyone can fill with whatever they want it to mean... big difference. Heck, bigger than bigger, even :p

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