After a long testing and preview period, the Internet searching giant has finally unveiled new operating system Android L, its latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device — and will be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks.
“Lollipop’s most obvious new features come in the form of visual enhancements and user interface changes, which Google has dubbed Material Design. The platform has new, more fluid animations, a cleaner design with a bolder color palette, a revamped multittasking menu, and offers new ways to interact with your voice,” The Verge reports.
“Many of the new Material Design features can be seen in the recent updates that Google has released for its own Android apps such as Google+. The Material Design initiative is meant to unify the software’s look and feel across various form factors, whether that’s a tablet, smartphone, home media streamer, or something else.”
Lollipop is considered to be a big release for Google — it’s the most significant visual update to Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw the world back in 2011, and it lays the foundation for Android to grow as a platform outside of smartphones and tablets.
The company demonstrates clearly the tactics of pushing its platform as the software for the future, and it wants Android to be on every connected device we interact with. Lollipop is the first step to getting there.
As far as the just announced tablet is considered, it should be noted that was built by HTC. The device has and 8.9-inch IPS (in-plane switching) LCD screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Similar to the Nexus 7, which was made by Asus, the Nexus 9 has a soft-touch backside, but it also has a brushed-metal edge.
The tablet features a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, and its GPU is a Kepler DX1. It has 2GB of RAM and buyers can choose between 16GB or 32GB of storage. Both Wi-Fi and LTE versions will be available.
The Nexus 9 will go on sale Oct. 17, starting at the price tag of $399. Google will also offer a keyboard case, which looks like a combination of an iPad Smart Cover and a Surface Type Keyboard.
The Nexus 6, was created by Motorola, is the first smartphone to run the updated platform. It has a 6-inch display with Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a robust 3,220 battery that can charge quickly (15 minutes gets you 6 hours of battery life) with the included Turbo Charger.
“Available in “midnight” blue or “cloud” white, the Nexus 6 will be up for pre-order in late October from the Google Play Store for $649. All the major carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular — will offer it for a lower price with a contract or an installment plan,” Mashable says.