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What is "Android 5.0 Lollipop"?

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the successor to Android 4.4 KitKat and was released by Google on November 12, 2014, like its predecessor it brought sweeping changes to the Android platform. A new responsive design language called Material Design was introduced that aimed to mirror and expand upon the card motif look first seen on the Google Now virtual assistant. Material Design was an aesthetic overhaul that changes the look of Android and can be used on builds as low as version 2.1 and up via the v7 appcompat library.

Many feel Google regressed by removing lock screen widgets on Android Lollipop, although the new notification tray and quick settings menu were widely praised. Other changes included battery improvements through Project Volta, app shortcuts in the lock screen, support for 64-bit processors (a first for Android), and 15 new language packs.

Also known as: "Android 5.0", "Lollipop"

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