Soon after announcing the latest version of Android - the Lollipop or the v5.0 along with a Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet, now Google has officially released the SDK (software development kit) for recently launched Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android developers will finally be able to test out their applications on the final version of Android 5.0 and make use the 5000 new APIs introduced with the version. Previously, the search engine giant had released the Android L SDK preview at the Google I/O event.
In order to get the latest Android SDK, users will need to head to SDK Manager and select the Tools section followed by SDK Tools, SDK Platform-tools, and SDK Build-tools. They can select everything under the Android 5.0 section, then click Install packages. Finally accept the licensing agreement for the packages, then click Install.
Google, via a blog post wrote, "The Android 5.0 SDK includes updated tools and new developer system images for testing. You can develop against the latest Android platform using API level 21 and take advantage of the updated support library to implement Material Design as well as the leanback user interface for TV apps."
"Although the APIs for Android 5.0 are now final, the system image for end-users is not available yet. So the following preview system images are available for you to test your apps on a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7," Google mentioned on the Android Developers website.
The final and stable version of Android 5.0 for the regular users will be released for Nexus devices starting next month over-the-air.
Anyways, if you are worried about whether or not your smartphone will get the Android 5.0 update, don't be, here is a list of devices that will get the update soon.
These include Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S4, Moto G, Sony Z Ultra, Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO, Karbonn Sparkle V, Moto X, Moto X 2nd Gen, Moto G, Moto G 4G LTE, Moto G 2nd Gen, Moto E, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact. Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, HTC One mini and HTC One mini 2.
In the Indian context, You can check out the sliders below to find out the top 5 smartphone series that will get the update soon:
The Google Nexus 5 comes with a 5-inch full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 445 ppi. Other specs include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 clocked to 450MHz, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing shooter, WiFi (24G/5G), 3G/4G LTE and NFC (Android Beam) and houses a 32GB of internal storage capacity. The handset draws its energy from a 2300mAh battery.
Motorola Moto G Dual SIM sports a 5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection offering an HD resolution 1280 x 720 pixels. Other specs include 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing snapper, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, Dual SIM support, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot and 2070 mAh battery.
The Xperia Z3 sports a 5.2-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Other specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 4G LTE modem, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, Android 4.4 (Kitkat), 20.7 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash, 2.2 MP front-facing snapper, 16GB on board storage, 128 GB microSD support, 4G LTE, aGPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC, USB, Wi-Fi, 3100 mAh battery.
The HTC One (M8) comes with a 5.0-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and it features a Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection as well. Other specs include Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, Android 4.4 (KitKat), Sense 6.0 UI, UltraPixel primary rear camera with dual LED Flash, BSI Sensor,F/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, 5 MP front-facing shooter, 16GB native storagea, 128GB microSD card slot, 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec, NFC and GPS with GLONASS and 2600 mAh battery.
The Motorola Moto X comes with a 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Other specs include: a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 2MP front-facing snapper, 16/32GB memory, 3G, WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and a 2300 mAh battery.