Google caused quite a stir at its I/O Conference in June when it unveiled the beta version of the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, then codenamed Android L.
Featuring a wealth of security upgrades and a reworked user interface, Android 5.0 Lollipop was, even in its beta form, widely viewed as one of the biggest updates to the platform in recent memory.
Interest in Android 5.0 Lollipop peaked at its unveiling in October, as tablet and smartphone users across the globe clamoured for fresh information on the OS.
To answer questions about Android 5.0 Lollipop we've collected all the key information you need to know, including the main features and the devices currently confirmed to get an update.
Having thoroughly tested Android 5.0 Lollipop for our in-depth review, we're pleased to confirm that the OS does live up to the hype.
One of Android 5.0 Lollipop's most interesting features is its reworked Material design user interface. The design cleans up the UI and gives Lollipop a flatter look more akin to that seen on Apple's iOS than past Android versions.
This, combined with Android 5.0's improved camera API, in-built battery saver mode and wealth of security and management updates, earned the OS V3's hallowed five-star ranking,
The Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone are the first devices to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed.
Google has yet officially to confirm the Nexus 6 release date, although Carphone Warehouse has pledged to have the device on sale and in store from 1 December.
The Nexus 9 went on sale on 3 November. Currently the 16GB versions in black and white are listed as being 'dispatched from warehouse in 1-2 business days'.
Google has begun rolling out Android 5.0 updates to older Nexus devices, including the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and Nexus 5.
LG is set to be the first smartphone maker to push out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to non-Nexus devices. LG began updating its G3 handset to Android 5.0 in Poland earlier in November.
A number of other manufacturers, including HTC and Samsung, have confirmed plans to roll out Android updates "soon".
For a complete list of the handsets confirmed to receive an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop check out V3's when Google's latest OS will arrive on your phone feature.
Android 5.0 Lollipop offers a number of design, performance and security updates. On the user experience front Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with a reworked design and notifications system.
The reworked notifications system adds a heads-up form of notification designed to let users know something urgent has come in without interrupting what they are doing, and instant access to notifications from the lockscreen.
Key productivity upgrades include a battery saving mode that squeezes an extra 90 minutes out of any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and support for 64-bit processors.
On the security front, Android 5.0 Lollipop turns on encryption by default and adds enhanced sandboxing and multiple account management powers.
For a more in-depth look at Android 5.0 Lollipop's most interesting features check out V3's top 10 break down.
How to download it
Users should be alerted automatically when an Android 5.0 Lollipop update is available for their smartphone.
Those who wish can also manually check to see whether an update is available in the settings menu of their Android smartphone or tablet.
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