The much awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been officially announced by the Google Blog. This new version, what Google calls, its most ambitious Android update, features a new Material Design philosophy with tactile surfaces, bold graphics and fluid animations.
Initially, the update will be provided to Nexus device holders. Nexus 5 will be the first one to receive the update over the air followed by Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013 and 2012) and Nexus 10. Android One smartphones should be next in line to receive the update. However, no information is available about which regions will be the first to get the update.
Here is what Nicholas Jitkoff,an Android Designer at Google, posted via official Google Blog –
If you’re like me, you jump between a number of different devices throughout the day—reading a magazine on your tablet, checking the time on your watch, chatting with your friends on the phone, even plotting your route in the car. More and more, our screens work together, each helping make your life a little bit easier. But if the design is the way they communicate with us, it often feels like each one is speaking a different language. That’s why we unveiled material design earlier this year: one consistent design language flexible enough to span devices across mobile, desktop, and beyond. Design is a major focus for Lollipop—the latest version of Android—which begins to roll out today.
Android 5.0 Lollipop features an improved notification system; Kill Switch and improved security; a new messenger said to be a simplified version of Hangouts; device sharing with Guest user mode; ART Android runtime for improved application performance and responsiveness; support for 64-bit devices and SoCs; native 64-bit apps; improved hardware keyboard accessory support (including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords), support for 15 new languages; improved accessibility features; improved audio, video, and camera capabilities, and improved Internet connectivity.
Apart from Nexus devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop is confirmed to arrive on HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z series, LG G3, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5, OnePlus One, Motorola devices, GPe Devices and Android One phones so far.