Tonight Google has finally released the biggest update to Android in years. Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ as it’s called has been announced alongside new hardware in the form of the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone. The operating system was first announced back at June’s Google I/O conference, and is one of the most hotly anticipated Android updates ever. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a major departure for the mobile OS, with a completely redesigned interface, more fluid animations, a renewed focus on improving battery life and, for the first time, compatibility with 64-bit processors.
Android 5.0 Lollipop will go up against iOS 8, which along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will give Apple devices a major boost. Google has been drip-feeding new features and announcements about Android 5.0 Lollipop over the past few months, so we’ve already got a lot to go on, even before the announcement.
We’ll be regularly updating this article with all the latest updates, so keep checking back for the latest news.
Android 5.0 Lollipop release date
Revealed today, Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available first on Nexus 9, which can be pre-ordered from October 17th and will be available from the 3rd of November. The mysterious Nexus PLayer will also follow those dates. The Nexus 6 will follow a week or two later with pre-orders in ‘late October’ and on sale in ‘late november’.
Those with older Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (plus Google Play Edition devices) will receive updates to their devices ‘in the coming weeks’. We’re pleased to see the older Nexus 10 supported here, but otherwise there are few surprises.