Saturday, November 01, 2014

Google Android 5 "Lollipop" launches on Monday, November 3

Google officially rolls out Android 5 "Lollipop" the latest version of the mobile operating system to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 smartphones and tablets on Monday, November 3 via an over the air update.   Google is also shipping the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablets with Android 5 pre-installed,  Android 5 will rollout to additional devices (e.g. Samsung) over the coming weeks and months.

Android 5 was announced at Google I/O in June and includes a number of new features including:

  • Improved user interface.  Google calls it "Material Design"
  • Expanded notifications
  • Improved battery management
  • Integration with Chromebooks similar to what Apple has done with iOS and Mac OS/X Yosemite (Continuity)

I've been running a beta version of Android 5 on my Nexus 7 (2013) tablet with good results.   I've been testing both consumer and enterprise applications as part of IBM's internal upgrade plans.  With over 100,000 mobile devices in use including both corporate-owned and bring your own device (BYOD), IBM is a mobile business.

Androidpit has a great video with an overview of the new features

Update 5 November: While Android 5 is now available for Nexus 5, the update for Nexus 7 and 10 are delayed until November 12

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