Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, was officially announced by Google only roughly a week ago. Alongside the newest iteration of the world's most popular smartphone OS, the tech giant also announced three new Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player media streaming device. But soon after Google's announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the question that popped in most people's minds was: When is it going to be available? Well, it appears that Android fans may not have long to wait. Google has recently sent out an announcement on the Android Developer Console, which is what developers use in order to distribute apps. In the announcement, Google is effectively advising developers to get their apps ready just in time for November 3rd, the day Android 5.0 Lollipop becomes available to consumers.
Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, just last week. Android fans are no doubt excited to experience the newest iteration of the world's most popular smartphone OS. But which devices exactly are getting the latest Android system? For now, here is what we know.
Not only did Google release Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, the tech giant also unveiled three new Nexus products: the highly-anticipated Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player media streaming device. The Nexus 6 smartphone is made by Motorola and co-developed by Google. One of the things that makes the Nexus 6 unique is that it is the first smartphone to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop. And of course, it is difficult to ignore the device's aluminum frame and especially its 6-inch display screen, which comes with Quad HD 2560 by 1440 resolution, making it the biggest high-profile smartphone in recent memory (Apple's iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches while Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch screen). The phablet also features a 13-megapixel rear camera that has built-in optical image stabilization (OIS). It packs a Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7 GigaHertz processor and a 3,220 mAh battery. Other features include twin front stereo speakers, and a Turbo Charger that provides six hours of battery use with just 15 minutes of charging time.
Google has announced the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the newest version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the whole world. Formerly referred to as Android L, the latest Android OS will be debuting in no less than three Nexus products, namely the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player media streaming device. In the following weeks, Android 5.0 Lollipop will also be made available in the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices. Perhaps the most interesting new feature of Android 5.0 Lollipop is Material Design, the collection of improvements on the mobile operating system's interface and visual design. The newest Android OS version now sports smoother animations, a cleaner and more bold-colored look, an overhauled multi-tasking menu, and voice interaction capabilities. Some of the newer aspects of Material Design can be seen in the latest updates that Google has made for its own Android apps (like Google+, for example). The overall aim of the new Material Design is provide a more unified, consistent design and identity to Android, whether it is used on a smartphone, a tablet, a media streaming device, or any other mobile handset. Visual aesthetics aside, Android 5.0 Lollipop has more than 5,000 new application program interfaces (APIs), which means developers should have a field day tapping into them and exploring more ways to enhance the Android user's experience.
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