It has been the hot thing to make kill switches for phones recently. Carriers have been asked by government agencies to do it, states are passing laws to require it, Apple did it, and now Google is implementing it in Android 5.0. Lollipop will come with an opt-in "Factory Reset Protection" option that keeps a thief from being able to wipe your phone, making it a less appealing target in the first place.
There were rumors earlier this year of a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but nothing happened at Google I/O, and there's been hardly a peep since. SamMobile noticed something interesting in an image on the Android site, though. There's a Galaxy S5 running stock Android 5.0 in one of the images. How very suspicious.
There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger. We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go? Well, first things first: Hangouts isn't actually going anywhere (except maybe to the app drawer or a folder). SMS and MMS, though, are getting a new default home in Android 5.0: the Messenger app.
We've just received official word from the Googlers on high that the 2012 Nexus 7, albeit burdened with crappy, crappy NAND storage and an aging Tegra 3 processor, will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop as an OTA update. Rejoice.
Just how the 2-plus year-old tablet will fare on 5.0, we don't know, but the fact that it's getting it at all is reassuring. Google may be getting more committed to giving Nexus devices longer update lives, something we can all be happy about.
Wondering what the Nexus 6's box looks like? Wonder a little less - a T-Mobile employee just posted an unboxing of his test unit phone on Vine (given that he's a social media evangelist, I'm guessing he got the OK).
— Des (@askdes) October 15, 2014
It's a phone, and it's inside a box.
Are you super-anxious to get your hands on Android L, now that it's been officially revealed as version 5.0 with the Lollipop name? Well tough noogies - it looks like we'll have to wait for the releases of the new Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet before the older Nexus and Google Play Edition devices get their updates. But if you have a Nexus 5 or a Wi-Fi Nexus 7, you've already got the Android L Developer Preview builds as an option.
Many T-Mobile users rely on Wi-Fi calling to use their mobile number without needing access to the mobile network, but they aren't Nexus 5 owners. That handset, due to its lack of carrier modifications, didn't support T-Mobile's nifty feature. With the Nexus 6, things will be different. The carrier has already announced that it is bringing Wi-Fi calling to the handset.
T-Mobile says it will deliver Wi-Fi calling via an over-the-air update at some point in early 2015, thanks, it says, to enhancements in Android 5.0.
Rumor has it tomorrow is a big day for the Android world. Of course officially, Google hasn't made a peep about potential new devices, their announcement date, or Android's upcoming L incarnation, but we've heard plenty about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (and its accessories), and L itself.
Sundar Pichai, however, has shared a video clearly meant to tease the Android community (already stirred to a fever pitch) at least one more time, following the story of the L casting call, where various desserts audition for the role of L's official mascot.
Google's Building 44 is the home of the Android team, and its lawn is the home of the iconic Android statues. Each version gets a place on the lawn, and the newly announced lollipop is no different. Although, this time it's a less abstract take on the mascot—the bugdroid is holding a giant lollipop.