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Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop unveiled by Google
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android L is now officially known as "Lollipop" and has been unveiled next to the new Nexus lineup which also includes Nexus Player, the first device running Android TV.

Google Android L finally has a name, and we are not talking about rumors this time. Sundar Pichai announced "the sweetest Android release yet" on the Official Google Blog earlier today, next to a triad of Nexus devices that will ship loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop in November - Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

Android 5.0 Lollipop comes after the following sweets: Angel Cake (1.0), Battenberg (1.1), Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1) and the current version, Android 4.4 KitKat. The new version brings these highlights:

  • Material design: realistic shadows and lighting, support for natural motion
  • Notifications: answer to messages from lock screen and other enhancements
  • Performance: the first version with support for 64-bit processors, including ARM, x86, MIPS-based, next to the NVIDIA Tegra K1 powering the new Nexus 9 slate
  • Improved battery life
  • Device sharing: multiple accounts on smartphones as well
  • Sharing between devices
  • Android TV: Android 5.0 with an interface optimized for TVs

In addition to the above, Android 5.0 Lollipop also offers reduced audio latency, as well as support for OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics and HEVC video for ultra HD 4K 10-bit video playback. For more information, please check the official blog post.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-10-15 (Update: 2014-10-16)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.