Google has unveiled a new generation for its Android platform, the Android 5.0 version to go by the name Lollipop. With 5,000 new Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for developers, the company said Lollipop has an improved performance of up to 4-times.
Lollipop has been designed to be used in a world where there is constant interactivity with different screens, from phones and tablets to Television sets. The Android 5.0 allows for ease when the user wants to pick up from where he or she left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from your android devices can be enjoyed across other ones.
In the case you as a user forget your phone at home, logging into another device running on Lollipop will allow you access to the messages and contacts on your phone.
Designed for flexibility and to be used on all devices, Lollipop allows the user to choose how the OS should be customised for their best fit and will feature sharing like other Android versions. Also with Lollipop, an incoming call will not interfere with what you were doing.
The OS also features a Material design, which is consistence across devices to make sure the experience when switching from one screen to another feels the same.
A new battery saver feature has also been incorporated to extend the life of devices running the android by up to 90 minutes, with an option to pair your phone with any other trusted device like your watch or car through Smart Lock for better security.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes installed on the three Nexus additions, will also be made available on the existing Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 as well as Google Play edition devices.
Here are the new Nexus devices running Lollipop:
Google has in recent times partnered several hardware companies to develop the Nexus devices. With this new launch of Android 5.0, the company has unveiled the Nexus 6 in collaboration with Motorola, the Nexus 9 in partnership with HTC and Nexus Player through Asus.
The Nexus 6, which features a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13MP camera comes with a contoured aluminium frame, and two front-facing stereo speakers that promise to deliver high-quality sound, making it great for movie watching.
This new addition to the Nexus family features a turbo charger which Google says gives six hours of charge with only 15 minutes charging.
Then there is the Nexus 9, a new tablet that has been built in partnership with HTC and is powered by a 64-bit processor, making it the first device of its kind in the Nexus family.
The Nexus 9 tablet features an 8.6-inch screen with brushed metal sides and can easily be carried around in one hand as it is not bulky.
Nexus 9 will come with a specially designed keyboard folio that will magnetically attach to the tablet and folds into two different angles, resting securely on the laps just like a laptop.
And in collaboration with Asus, Google has launched the Nexus Player, a streaming media player for movies, music and videos.
The Nexus player gives you the opportunity to play Android games on your HDTV by use of a gamepad as well as on your phone while you’re on the road. The device comes Google Cast Ready allowing the user to cast entertainment from any Chromebook, Android, iOS phone or tablet to your TV.