Android 5.0 Lollipop source code is out - OEMs, start your engines

Android 5.0 logoWith Android 5.0 debuting on the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, Google has pushed out the newest Android source code to the public Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository. Anyone who wants to download the source code of the Lollipop platform is now free to do so.

Next up on the docket after the AOSP code drop should be system images for Nexus devices, but it's hard to tell if Google will hold those until after the release of the upcoming Nexus 6.

Android 5.0 Lollipop source code is out - OEMs, start your engines

HTC has taken this code drop as a starting point for its Android skin, and the company has announced on Twitter that it will be updating the HTC One M8 and M7 within 90 days. Last year, the company missed its self-imposed 90-day deadline, but hopefully it will make good on that promise this time around.

Samsung seems to have a jump on everyone. Android L-based TouchWiz builds have been leaking out of the company for a month now. Depressingly, it looks exactly like the KitKat builds of TouchWiz, so it looks like Samsung will be wiping away most of the design improvements in Lollipop.

Motorola won our KitKat update survey, but the company is also going through an ownership transition from Google to Lenovo. Its future performance is up in the air and Moto has been quiet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, OSes

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