When we reviewed Motorola’s new Moto X last month, we didn’t mince words. All things considered, the second-generation Moto X was and still is the best Android phone on the planet. The customization options are unparalleled, the hardware and build quality are top notch, the display is beautiful and the performance is impressive. It really is the total package. The best things about the Moto X may be the great voice controls and other convenience enhancements Motorola added to Android on the Moto X, and now one of the coolest features from the Moto X is apparently coming to all top Android phones in Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. More →
Google on Friday issued to developers the full release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, updating Lollipop builds for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 in the process, with the actual release of Android 5.0 set to follow next month. While developers can easily install these Lollipop builds on supported devices and enjoy all the new features, other Android users will still have to wait until their devices get Google’s latest OS and its gorgeous Material Design. However, until that happens, they can already download some of the Lollipop apps and resources thanks to the joint effort of various xda-developers members. More →
Google is going to update its Gmail Android app to version 5.0, which will bring Material Design as well as new features. Among them, Android Police has already discovered one that may be of special interest to many smartphone users. Gmail 5.0 will not only support multiple Gmail accounts, but also email accounts from various competing companies, including Outlook or Yahoo. More →
As previously expected Google on Friday made the final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK version available to developers, who have already thoroughly inspected it, pulling out various apps and other Lollipop elements (wallpapers, fonts and boot animation) for other Android users to enjoy. Among the things users who installed the SDK looked at is the usual Easter Egg Google hides in every Android OS version, finding a pleasant, and strange, surprise. More →
Google was shameless about teasing us all about what the “L” in “Android L” stood for until this week when the company finally revealed that its latest software build would be called Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Android Developers Conference has written a humorous post that details some of the “rejected” Android L names and logos, although the site notes that none of these were ever under real consideration by Google and that it made all of these concepts up just for fun. More →
There are a lot of great new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop but one that’s gone rather unheralded has been the addition of a kind of “kill switch” that can be used as a major deterrent to would-be smartphone thieves. Forbes reports that the new feature, dubbed “factory reset protection,” essentially prevents anyone from wiping and resetting your device if it’s stolen. If thieves can’t factory reset your device, then they won’t be able to successfully resell it since it will be obvious that the device has been stolen. More →
Google is finally done putting the finishing touches on Android 5.0 Lollipop, as the company revealed when it unveiled the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet earlier this week. Both new devices represent a big departure from Google’s previous-generation Nexus phone and tablet, which both focused on affordability. With the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, however, Google and its partners built premium devices at premium prices.
But you don’t need to pay those steep prices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop’s awesome new look. More →
Google finally announced Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier this week alongside new Nexus-branded devices, but the company did not actually say when the Lollipop update will be available to download. All Google said was that a new Lollipop preview version will be made available to developers on October 17th, with the final release supposed to hit in the coming weeks. The company also confirmed that all 2012 and 2013 Nexus devices will be updated to Lollipop, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both generations), and Nexus 10, but it looks like the update won’t be released at the same time for all supported smartphones and tablets. More →
The announcement of a new update is always bittersweet for Android users. Android 5.0 Lollipop could be the most significant visual and structural overhaul the mobile operating system has ever seen, but many users won’t have access to it for months. Fortunately, Google has been working to cull fragmentation in the Android ecosystem and it looks like the biggest smartphone vendors are jumping on board. More →
Google on Wednesday revealed the official name of Android L, announcing new Nexus-branded gear in the process, but the company did not make Android 5.0 Lollipop available for download to users immediately. Instead, the company said that 2013 and older Nexus devices will receive the Lollipop update at an unspecified time in the coming weeks, with the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 supposed to launch with Android 5.0 on board in early November. More →
Google on Wednesday announced three new Nexus devices, including a first Nexus phablet, a tablet and a media player, alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the company did not launch a smaller Nexus handset that some fans would have wanted. However, that doesn’t mean that a smaller Nexus version capable of running Lollipop won’t be available from the Google Play Store this year. More →
There can’t be a major Android release without an official statue going up on one of Google’s front lawn, and the recently announced Android 5.0 Lollipop is no exception. Android Central found the Lollipop statue en route to the lawn outside Building 44, and the site snapped several pictures of it in the process.
After Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop on Wednesday, confirming that many older devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will be updated to its latest mobile operating system in coming weeks, Motorola has also revealed that all of its 2013 and 2014 handsets will be updated to Lollipop. More →