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Google Unveils Android ‘Lollipop’

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After teasing Android ‘L’ for months, Google officially announced version 5.0 - Lollipop.

Along with a slew of new Google toys like the Nexus 6 or the Nexus 9, you can expect to see Lollipop on a number of older devices, such as the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Moto X, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx.

The developer preview will be available this Friday, October 17th. Here’s an overview of some of the new features:

 - ART (Android runtime) will be officially replacing Dalvik. Most apps should continue to function as normal, but to be sure, check here

- Support for 64-bit systems and other preview NDK APIs

- Material design support

- Notifications have been vastly improved, adding extensive lockscreen capabilities as well as a more intelligent way of displaying these notifications

- Better enterprise provisioning

- More energy usage controls, giving users the ability to prioritize resources

For a full overview of the API, click here.

The Nexus 6 will ship in November, meaning we should see Android L launch at the same time.

Following the release of the developer preview, we’ll have a full write-up on all of the new features. Keep checking back here throughout the next couple weeks for all of the latest news on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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