Google has released Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has released Android 5.0 Lollipop last week and made its source code available to the developers and distributors. It's official launch will be tomorrow on November 12, 2014 for select devices that run distributions of Android and that are serviced by Google, including Nexus and Google Play edition devices. The major focus of Android Lollipop is the user interface and design experience across multiple screens. However, It will require developers to deliver that promise. Google also dropped Android emulators and a series of tools for developers to focus more on the actual devices rather than emulators.

Material Design - A responsive design language

One of the most significant changes in the Lollipop release is a redesigned user interface built in a responsive design language referred to as material design. The notable differences in the design are tactile surface, fluid motion and bold graphics. An important aspect of the mobile when its in your hand is how it feels in your hand i.e. the sense of touch. Touch is one of the main elements of material design which is inspired by real life materials like paper and ink. An other important change in the design is good graphic design, using strong colors and bold typography to create clear hierarchy and focus attention on content.

Motion brings the material and the graphic together, explaining how the system works, and adding moments of delight that move you through the system, easily and fluidly.

News about Device Manufacturers

Here's where and when you can probably begin to expect to see Lollipop on your device: HTC has said that they'll release it within three months of Google's release. That means around mid of February 2015. Motorola has announced about the devices that will get Lollipop such as Moto X and Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini but no information about when it will be available. LG also has not announced any plans yet. Sony's plans are to start the upgrade at beginning of 2015 for the core Xperia series and then bring it to the rest of the family. Samsung has remained silent, but as has been in the past, they will announce sooner about the devices (such as Galaxy series) that will get Lollipop hopefully before the new year.