The first phones and tablets with Google Android 5.0 Lollipop software should begin shipping in early November. But ahead of that launch, Google will release the final Android 5.0 software developer kit.
It’s coming on Friday, October 17th. That’s when developers will be able to download the latest tools to help polish their apps for Android 5.0. But it’s also when the first preview images of Android 5.0 should be released for at least some recent Nexus smartphones.
- Android 5.0 SDK arrives October 17th
The preview builds for Nexus phones won’t be quite as easy to install as an over-the-air update, but if you don’t want to wait a few weeks for Google to roll out an update, it’s nice to know there’s a shortcut. Oh yeah, and I guess this is good for developers too. [Android L Developer Preview]
- Google Glass gets Android Wear-like support for *all* notifications from your phone
Sure, you could already get *some* notifications, but only from apps that officially supported Google Glass. The update brings pretty much any notification from your phone to your eyeball. [+Google Glass]
- Report: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 NOOK tablets on the way
How do you follow up a 7 inch Samsung tablet with B&N NOOK branding and software? With a 10 inch model. [The Digital Reader]
- Google is internally testing a “reader mode” option in Chrome Beta 39 for Android
It looks like Google is “dogfooding” the feature, which means it’s being tested internally and it wasn’t supposed to be shown to the public yet. But it showed up briefly in the latest Chrome beta build. Now it’s gone. If and when it comes back, it’ll provide a streamlined interface for reading web content in a browser. [Droid Life]
- Acer Aspire Switch 11 hits the FCC
This upcoming convertible tablet has an 11.6 inch display, a keyboard dock, and a choice of Intel Atom Bay Trail, Core i3, or Core i5 Haswell processors. Prices should start at $379. [FCC]
- These Motorola phones will be updated to Android 5.0
Motorola may not be a Google-owned company anymore, but that hasn’t stopped the phone maker form being one of the first to announce which of its recent devices will be upgraded to Android 5.0. They include the first and 2nd-gen Moto G and Moto X phones, the Moto E, the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini. [Motorola]