What is Android Lollipop? - The version 5.0 of Android

Android Lollipop - version 5.0 of Android

Android Lollipop the version which got released after the Android KitKat. Android Lollipop was unveiled under the code name AndroidL on 25th June 2014 at Google I/O 2014.

1. What is Android Lollipop?

Android Lollipop was the android release version 5.0 which got released after the android KitKat. Since due to the changes done to the core android APIs the initial version of android is recognized by the android as the API 21 version of Android.

There were four releases which were published after the initial release publishing of android 5.0 or the initial version of Android Lollipop.

Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
API 21
Android Lollipop
12th November 2014
5.0.12nd December 2014
5.0.219th December 2014
API 22
9th March 2015
5.1.121st April 2015

2. Features of Android Lollipop

The android Lollipop is a version of android which is focused on mostly on the refining and making an elegance user interface with optimized power features to the core of the operating system. Android Lollipop does have lot of features which were bundled with the previous versions of android and made lot of refinements and upgrades.

2.1 Features of Android Lollipop version 5.0

The version 5.0 of Android or the initial release version of android Lollipop was released on 12th November 2014 and android does recognize the version release under the API 21 of android.

  • Capability to access android run time or ART with ahead of time or AOT.
  • Capability to experience the improved garbage collection.
  • Capability to access trace based just in time also known as JIT compilation instead of Dalvik.
  • Capability to support 64 bit CPUs.
  • Capability to OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension pack also known as AEP on supported GPU configurations.
  • Capability to view recent activities screen with tasks instead of the apps which shown previously.
  • Capability to vector drawables without losing definition.
  • Capability to support print previews for wireless printing.
  • Capability to experience material design to experience restyled user interface.
  • Capability to experienced refreshed lock screen.
  • Doesn't support widgets on lock screen.
  • Capability to experience the revamped notification tray with quick settings pull down from the top of the display.
  • Capability to improve battery life by using project Volta.
  • Capability to perform searches within the system settings for quicker access to particular settings.
  • Capability use lock screen to access shortcuts of the apps and notification settings.
  • Capability to create a guest login and multiple user accounts.
  • Capability to input and output audio by using the USB devices.
  • Capability to apps to change, read, write and modify data on any external storage like external memory cards.
  • Capability to pin an app's screen for restricted user activity.
  • Capability to remember the apps which used before even after a restart.
  • Capability to update default webviews by using the Google Play store for better security.
  • Capability to the android OS by using new 15 languages which includes Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (HK) Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil and Telugu.
  • Capability to migrate device by using Tap and Go feature via Bluetooth or NFC to transfer google account details, configurations and user data with installed apps in the device.
  • Capability to use the Flashlight default app to use the Camera Flash to use as a flashlight.
  • Capability to customize priorities for app notifications according to the user preference.
  • Capability to use the smart lock feature.
  • Capability access SELinux in enforcing mode for all domains.
  • Capability to access the updated Emoji.
  • Capability access improved accessibility support.
  • Capability support Block Based Over the Air also known as OTA.

2.2 Features of Android Lollipop version 5.0.1

The version 5.0.1 of android was released after the initial version of the android Lollipop on 2nd of December 2014 under the API 21 spec of android.
  • Bug Fixes for video playback.
  • Bug Fixes for Password failures handling.

2.3 Features of Android Lollipop version 5.0.2

The version 5.0.2 of android was released after the version 5.0.1 release version of android on 19th December 2014. And release version done based on the API 21 specification.
  • Bug fixes for TRIM support.
  • Changed how alarms wake the CPU and how alarms compete for system resources.

2.4 Features of Android Lollipop version 5.1

The version 5.1 of Android was released after the 5.0.2 of Lollipop version. Due to the API changes, android does recognize lollipop version 5.1 as on the API 22 version of android. The release version 5.1 was published on 9th March 2015.
  • Bug fixes to the screen and display.
  • Capability to join WiFi networks by quick settings.
  • Capability to access and control paired Bluetooth devices by quick settings.
  • Capability to support multiple SIM cards.
  • Capability support device protection when the device is stolen.
  • Capability to support high definition voice calls via 4G LTE and between the devices which runs android 5.1.
  • Capability to access the notification priority system. 

2.5 Features of Android Lollipop version 5.1.1

The version 5.1.1 of android was released after the version 5.1 of android under the API 22 of android. The release of version 5.1.1 was published on 21st April 2015.
  • Bug fixes to the operational flow of the back-end.
  • Capability to support native WiFi calling capability.