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Android 5.0 Lollipop name reportedly confirmed

Published Jun 25th, 2014 9:05AM EDT
Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Google will unveil its next Android update on Wednesday during its annual Google I/O conference, and Bulgarian blog Nixanbal has learned from a “reliable source” that Google’s Android L release will actually be called Android 5.0 Lollipop, although the publication isn’t revealing any details about it yet.

Recent leaks have revealed various features coming to Android L release, with Google posting a series of new Google Now press renders that indicated it’s next Android version will be Android 5.0 rather than Android 4.5, as it was previously believed.

However, it wasn’t clear what desert will replace KitKat in Android L, even though the Lollipop name was unofficially used more than once in reports.

Even HTC appears to be curious about Google’s next Android name, having asked fans on Twitter what they think Android L stands for next to a picture with various suggestions including Lady Fingers, Lollipop, Lava Cake, Licorice, Lemonade and Lemon Meringue.

What’s certainly confirmed is that Google wants to unveil its next major Android release at Google I/O, rather than in late 2014, to give OEMs time to prepare for it. Android L is expected to bring a complete design overhaul, a new runtime, support for 64-bit, kill switch functionality and integration with wearable, TV and home devices.

An early May Nexus 10 log Android L leak has also been discovered ahead of Google’s Android L announcement.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

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