Written by Bella Dalima
16 Oct, 2014 | 4:32 pm
Google is to begin rolling out version 5.0 of its Android operating system, codenamed Lollipop, on Friday.
The company describes the update as a “quantum leap forward”, thanks to its revamped design and new features.
Android already has an 84.7% share of global smartphone shipments, according to research company IDC.
But engineering chief, Hiroshi Lockheimer, told that among his team’s goals was making Android more appealing to the business sector.
For most users, the stand-out change in Android Lollipop will be its new look.
Google calls its new paradigm “material design”, and it places fresh emphasis on graphical animations and colour changes in response to the device owner’s actions.
Google will release the software development kit and system images for Nexus 5 phones and Nexus 7 tablets on Friday via the Android developers site- allowing app creators to test their software.
On 3 November, Android Lollipop will become available to the public when the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player go on sale.
Other manufacturers and networks will have to test the software before they release it alongside updates of their own software for their machines.
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