Google has made a big step forward with Android Lollipop. A lot of developers has been waiting for the code to be ready to download, and now it’s finally available. Google started to upload the code to the Android Open Source Project on Monday, and it needed several hours to be completed.
The oficial release tag for the Nexus 9 is android-5.5.5-r1 (built number LRX21L) and the corresponding one for the Nexus Player is android-5.0.0_r2 (built number is LRX21M). The repositories for all the Nexus family will be rolling out in the next days.
Originally, the company had announced that all the devices not older than the 2012 Nexus 7 will have the new software ready, so the files will be appearing gradually for all the members of the Nexus family. Keep an eye on the news to see when the repository for your device has already been released. The factory images and binary files will also be rolling out in the next days. Currently, the first ones are already starting to appear on the developer’s page.
If you want to know exactly all the new information hidden under the code, you can always check the changelog posted by Al Sutton from Funky Android. In this changelog, there is all the information regarding all the changes that the new Android version brings. However, as it is a major release, it’s going to take some time to get through all this information.
As Google had already announced, this update is the biggest that the Android Team has ever released. In the changelog, you can find the astonishing amount of 128,680 commits, and the corresponding html weighs over 20 MB.
With all this new information, it will take quite a long time to really understand all the deep changes that Android 5.0 implies. Over the next weeks, we will get more details regarding all the subtle differences that we can expect when we have Android 5.0 Lollipop ready for our device.