Google has finally rolling out official Software Developer Kit for the recently launched Android 5.0 Lollipop. In addition to SDK, the company has also updated preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) smartphones.
Originally, the Android L SDK preview released back this year at Google I/O. Lollipop version comes with 5,000 new APIs and to get the latest SDK, Android users need to navigate to the SDK Manager and select the Tools > SDK Tools > SDK Platform Tools > SDK Built-tools. Select everything under Android 5.0 category, and then click “Install” packages. Finally, by accepting the lisencing agreement, click Install button.
Notably, this is the release of the final APIs level 21, which infact means that developers can start to create new apps based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as updating existing Android apps which can support the OS’s Material Design and etc.
“The Android 5.0 SDK includes updated tools and new developer system images for testing. You can develop against the latest Android platform using API level 21 and take advantage of the updated support library to implement Material Design as well as the leanback user interface for TV apps.”
posted Google on a company blog post.
Google although confirmed that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first smartphone and Tablet to run the new mobile operating system and also planning to roll out to other supprted Nexus devices around the timebeing, which apparently includes Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 / 2013), and Nexus 10.
You can now download Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK from here