Google 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”.