Back at the I/O 2014 conference Google showed off Android L which brings some radical new updates for the company’s mobile platform. By Google’s own admission this is its most “ambitious release” to date with more than 5,000 new APIs for developers. The company has designed Android 5.0 to be flexible so that it works on all supported devices and is easily customizable by users. The official moniker has been confirmed today. This release will henceforth be known as Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android 5.0 Lollipop expands on Google’s vision of making the user experience consistent as users switch from one screen to another, and for this purpose it has something called Material Design. It makes transitions between tasks more fluid and makes content seem like its responding to your touch and voice.
Advanced settings give you more control over your device. For example it allows users to adjust settings so that notifications and only select people can get through, and when a notification does pop up, it can be viewed directly from the lockscreen.
Lollipop also brings a battery saver feature which Google promises extends the device’s battery life by up to 90 minutes. Support for multiple user accounts and guest user mode is also present. The entire list of features included in Android 5.0 Lollipop is available here.
Google confirmed today that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available on Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Google Play Edition devices “in the coming weeks.” Other Android devices will receive the update as well but the release will depend upon manufacturers as well as carriers.