Android 5.0 Lollipop Announced

So its official – the next iteration of Android is version 5.0, it’s a Lollipop, and apparently a peaceful one too judging by the statue on the Google lawn.

The announcement came today along with 3 new Nexus devices – the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Android TV based Nexus Player.

There has been no word on an official release date for Lollipop as of yet but I’m assuming it will be on or around November 3rd when the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player hit retail stores (the Nexus 6 is coming at some unspecified point in November).

I’m not going to get into all the goodness of Android 5.0 on here as it’s been all over the web for some time now, but if you want a quick refresh take a look at the full changelog.

The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10 are all slated to get the update at some point – which is awesome news – and shows Google are eager to get as many devices on to Android 5.0 as soon as possible. It also means my 2012 Nexus 7 may become useable for longer than a week at a time again! :D

Google are also releasing new build images for 5.0 on the October 17th, in the usual place, along with the new SDKs. The images will still be preview builds but you have to assume they will be pretty close to the final thing. Especially when compared to the current Android L versions.

Launch Devices

There is plenty of articles all over the web at the moment if you want some more depth info about the specs of the new Nexus’, so this is just a quick run-through of the launch details.

All the data I have found has been for the US not the UK, which sucks a bit but hopefully we’ll get more details soon. I will update you when I know more.

Nexus 6 (Motorola)

Available online and in stores now.
Prices are from £499.

Nexus 9 (HTC)

Available online and in stores now.
Prices are from £319.

Google also announced the Nexus Player running Android TV which I’m really looking forward to playing with. I love the Chromecast and this is a logically extension to that (as well as doubling as a cast device itself) but unfortunately I don’t think we’ll get a sniff of it on this side of the pond for a while yet, we never do with Music or TV related tech because of the licensing issues. Here’s the details anyway, I can still hope…

Nexus Player (Asus)

Available to order online in the United States now.
Price is $99.99.

Well there you go, all that waiting and it everything happened during my journey home from work! Hopefully we will find out more in the coming days but for the time-being I’ll leave you with all the different launch videos/commercials, just in case you need a bit of a giggle on this quite special #UpdateWednesday.

Good night.

Source: Google, Android Central