You can now download Android 5.0 SDK to give your apps an early taste of Lollipop! Google has finally come around to releasing the final SDK for Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing all the final API changes to it. The SDK will bring all of the promised additional APIs which means, developers can now port their apps to the new Material Design UI. Not only that, it would also allow for us to test this new version of Android straight on our PCs. And for you Nexus 5 and nexus 7 (2013) users, download Android 5.0 Developer Preview!
Android 5.0 is a major revamp for Android since the Holo theme came out with an all new Material Design this time. All things have been redesigned and rethought to make an even better mobile experience. For the completion of this move it is essential that all major developers and companies start following this strategy. In order for them to do so, SDK is needed and finally, it has been released. Android Lollipop has it’s own set of features for the consumer and we have discussed that but now let’s focus on Android 5.0’s offerings for developers.
Android 5.0 SDK Features
Let’s take a look at what new features does this Android 5.0 SDK download comes with:
Android 5.0 brings Material design to Android and gives you an expanded UI toolkit for integrating the new design patterns easily in your apps. New 3D views let you set a z-level to raise elements off of the view hierarchy and cast realtime shadows, even as they move.
Android 5.0 provides a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience. Android now runs exclusively on the new ART runtime, built from the ground up to support a mix of ahead-of-time (AOT), just-in-time (JIT), and interpreted code. It’s truly cross-platform and is supported on ARM, x86, and MIPS architectures. It is also fully 64-bit compatible.
Notifications in Android 5.0 are more visible, accessible, and configurable. Varying notification details may appear on the lock screen if desired by the user. Users may elect to allow none, some, or all notification content to be shown on a secure lock screen.
Android 5.0 introduces a redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) that’s more versatile and useful for multitasking. New APIs allow you to show separate activities in your app as individual documents alongside other recent screens.
Tools for building battery-efficient apps
New job scheduling APIs allow you optimize battery life by deferring jobs for the system to run at a later time or under specified conditions, such as when the device is charging or connected to Wi-Fi. A new
dumpsys batterystats command generates battery usage statistics that you can use to understand system-wide power use and understand the impact of your app on the device battery. You can look at a history of power events, approximate power use per UID and system component, and more.
Download Android 5.0 SDK
You can download the new Android 5.0 SDK from the Android Developers website here: Download Android 5.0 SDK.