Android 5.0 Lollipop unwrapped

by XB on 15th October 2014

in Android, Videos

Lollipop ForestGoogle has today officially announced that the next major version of Android will be called Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google describes this release as the company’s “most ambitious release” with over 5,000 new APIs for developers.

Google says that Lollipop is designed to work on all devices, making it easier to pick up where you left off. Google’s Material Design will be carried through all devices, bringing a similar experience.

The Lollipop release gives greater control including the ability to adjust settings so that only certain people and notifications are flagged. You can also respond directly from the lockscreen. This also extends to incoming phone calls which won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing.

Google is also flagging a battery saver feature that will extend your device by 90 minutes and multiple user account on phones and guest modes. There is also Android Smart Lock that can secure your device by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car.

Lollipop also brings support for 64 bit devices and on the camera side there is support for raw formats such as YUV and Bayer RAW. For a full list of features click here. On the developer side, Google has announced that the Android 5.0 SDK will be available on October 17th.

Android L: Licorice? Lemon drop? ….

Lollipop is here

Thanks @Aisback, @omar3tman and XperiaZ1Guy!

  • Felipe Pimenta

    If we apply the same time frame for the last two Q1/Q2 flagships from Sony (Xperia S and Xperia Z), The Xperia Z4 will recieve the 5.0 update in mid-late June, 2015, after 8 months from the OS announcement.

  • RememberMe

    I’m hoping the Sony Xperia Z series will get 5.0 even though the 18 months software support has ended. The Sony Xperia Z series was undoubtedly very popular, and there are still issues to be solved with the current software. Let’s hope!

  • Sam Albalushi

    Sony i want this for my zr

  • Alex Baloch

    Sony, the nexus devices from 2012 are getting android L. The Samsung Galaxy s4, Htc One m7 and lg g2 are getting android L. Please give it to the Xperia Z. Yes, you need to update it to many smartphones, but please make it the last update for us. We don’t care if you give it to us months or even a year after the update is released. As long as we are getting it, we will be satisfied.

    Xperia Z users (and ZL, ZR and Z Ultra)

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Z Ultra will have it. It doesn’t share the 1, but it is with the Z1 family.
    Also, don’t forget the Tablet Z :)

  • Sami Dawood

    Maybe I know what Sony is thinking now:

    Sony: Android 5.0 is selling point for Z4.
    So, we don’t update some old z series until we launch Z4 and we don’t need to add IR blaster, usb type-c and 32 GB storage.
    Me: I will keep my Z much longer or I am done with this and It is time to swich to another company.

  • nick

    Fast release hope now . Would be the best Android version :-)

  • MXNB

    I hope they release earlier because the Lollipop are already available for developers.

  • Eddy Eddy R

    ZL really hope….

  • Eddy Eddy R

    ZL pleaseee

  • User2080

    licorice sounds better. lollipop either sounds childish or gay

  • adam

    Wait, didnt sony update all the xperia z to 4.4.4, which is the latest software?

    If so, why are you complaining

  • Anukul

    In the second video that Indian guy is wearing a Laddu suit :D

  • Sami Dawood

    I didn’t complain about Z. I am talking about Sony strategy, which we see it before. So now I am talking about Z4 and android 5.0 for other Zees especially Z3,Z2 and Z1. And it is good if you ask me that the Z will receive 5.0 because Google will update old nexuses and I am sure that other company will do the same .

    I will replace my Z with Z4, but If it is only has:
    – IR Blaster. Look at all these four Z. Z,Z1,Z2,Z3 no one has IR Blaster !!!
    – USB type C
    – 32 GB storage. It is not very important for me, but it is important for others. So, I can skip this.

    Otherwise I will keep my Z and wait for other new Z or I will look for other device from other company.

  • Kevin B

    Do you think that other Companies are better? HAHA They are all the same

  • Booboo

    I hope Xperia SP gets this update. Please Sony make it. I don’t care if it’s the last update you’ll be giving to SP but at least try to do it T.T

  • AsadMulla

    Your making decisions based on speculation. Then your complaining???????

  • Lara Croft

    That’s it, I’m saying bye bye to Xperia, and getting the 2014 Nexus 6. It has everything I wanted (minus great Xperia Stereo Speakers) in the Z3. Awesome 5.9 2K screen, 805, great value for money, battery life etc. Lets see what they do with Xperia Z4.

  • Dan Vafidis

    IR Blaster? dude are you still in year 2000 ?
    USB Type C doesn’t mean shit, it’s just a double-face connector,
    iPhones don’t have 32gb, so why Z4 ?

  • Dan Vafidis

    Guys please, who cares about Android 5 ? OK it has better look on STOCK, but here we have sony style, with themes etc. we don’t need android L, ok if it comes we will update, but we don’t really care as Sony’s Android 4 has stuff that you can’t find in android L, the only thing I’d like Xperias to have is ART. for the rest I’d better get improvements for the sony software like Camera etc.

  • xperiafan324

    Have you heard of The wise men of Gotham?

  • JP

    Well just by a 32, 64 or a 128GB microSD ;) Done!

  • ^ noob

    I soooo hate these comments from noobs talking about buying SD cards.
    You can’t fkin put games on sd cards, moreover don’t you know the restrictions on SD card on 4.4 and above :@ ?

  • JP

    First of all yes I know the restrictions – but in my mind large memory capacity is for storage of pictures, films, music etc which can be stored on SD and be views without problem.
    The person in question didn’t state what he/her was gonna use the extra space for.

  • ^noob

    i have 64 GB memory card on my Z only 7 GB is occupied.
    but i can’t put games on my phone cuz it’s 700 MB left on phone memory.
    Among giants, Sony is the only company that doesn’t have a 16+ GB global phone. Rest everyone provides an option between 32 64 GB.

  • Mohammed Khired

    “it’s just a double-face connector”


    aren’t you tired of checking the micro usb connectors if it’s fit or not ?

    kinda big deal you know…

  • Mohammed Khired

    who are you talking to ?!!

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