Android L: The L Stands for Lollipop (it Powers the new Nexus 6 and 9)
Article by George Norman
On 17 Oct 2014
Until now, Android 5.0 was known as Android L. Google just revealed that the L in Android L stands for Lollipop. The 5.0 version of the Android mobile operating system carries the codename Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop powers the new Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the new Nexus Player.

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Google always uses confectionery-themed code names for its Android releases. Android 4.0 carried the codename Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, and the brand new Android 5.0 carries the codename Lollipop.



“Lollipop is made for a world where moving throughout the day means interacting with a bunch of different screens—from phones and tablets to TVs. With more devices connecting together, your expectation is that things just work. With Lollipop, it’s easier than ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones,” commented Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps

Android 5.0 Lollipop – Main Features
  • Material Design – redesigned user interface and consistent design across devices.
  • Notifications – access notifications from the lock screen; set it so that only certain notifications get through.
  • Battery – there’s a new battery saver feature that can prolong battery life by up to 90 minutes.
  • Privacy – multiple user accounts and guest user mode will help you keep you protect your privacy.
  • Secure your device – you can secure your device using a PIN, password, pattern, or by pairing it with another device (your smartwatch for example).
  • Android Runtime (ART) – ART officially replaces Dalvik for improved application performance.
Additional information on Android 5.0 Lollipop is available here.


Android 5.0 Lollipop powers the new Nexus 6 smartphone, the new Nexus 9 tablet, and the new Nexus Payer.

Nexus 6 – Main Features
  • Body, size & weight – contoured aluminum frame; 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm; 184g.
  • Display – 5.96” 2560x1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi) and Adreno 420 GPU for brilliant graphics.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 - Quad Core 2.7 GHz.
  • Camera – f2.0 lens 13 megapixel rear camera that can capture 4K video at 30fps; 2MP front camera.
  • Speakers – dual front-facing stereo speakers.
  • Battery – large 3220 mAh battery that offers over 24 hours of use from a full charge.
  • Turbo Charger – up to 6 hours of use with 15 minutes of charge.
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, barometer.
  • Storage – 32GB, 64GB.
  • Colors – Midnight Blue, Cloud White.


The new Lollipop-powered Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order late October.

The new Nexus 6 smartphone will go on sale in November.

Additional information on the Nexus 6 is available here.



Nexus 9 – Main Features
  • Body, size & weight – brushed metal sides and thin bezel; 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm; 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE).
  • Display – 8.9” IPS LCD, QXGA (2048x1536), Gorilla Glass 3, 4:3 aspect ratio; 192-core Kepler GPU.
  • Processor – 2.3GHz 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver processor.
  • Camera – f2.4 lens 8MP rear camera; 1.6MP front camera.
  • Speakers – dual front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers.
  • Battery – 6700mAh battery.
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer, ambient light sensor.
  • Memory & storage – 2GB of RAM; 32GB, 64GB of storage space.
  • Colors – Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand.
  • Keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9 and folds into two different angles (sold separately)


The new Nexus 9 is available for pre-order starting October 17.

The new Nexus 9 smartphone will go on sale on November 3.

Additional information on the Nexus 9 is available here.



The Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet were developed in partnership with Motorola Mobility. I remind you that Google purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion back in 2012. Early 2014, Google decided to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion; the sale has yet to be completed.

Alongside Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the new Android 5.0 Lollipop powers a brand new device developed in partnership with Asus: Nexus Player. This is the first device that runs Android TV. It is a streaming media player for movies, music and videos; it is also a first-of-its-kind Android gaming device.

Nexus Player – Main Features
  • Size & weight – 120mm x 120mm x 20mm; 235g.
  • Processor – 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom processor.
  • Memory & storage – 1GB of RAM; 8GB of storage.
  • Ports – 18W DC power, HDMI out, micro-USB 2.0.
  • Wireless and Bluetooth.
Nexus Player is available for pre-order starting October 17. It will go on sale on November 3.

Additional information on the Nexus Player is available here.





Tags: Google, Android 5.0, Lollipop, Nexus 6, smartphone, Nexus 9, tablet, Nexus Player
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