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Android - 5.0 Lollipop has arrived!

(Updated 19 November 2014)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Android 5.0.0 is now rolling out to existing devices and some of these updates have the issues originally logged against the developer preview. At the moment usage is still low but we now advise all our customers to update their Android Pugpig apps as soon as possible to ensure your users are supported when they update their device.


Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop has arrived and will debut on two new Nexus devices first:

  • Nexus 9 tablet (available to buy since 3rd November)
  • Nexus 6 smartphone (due for sale on or around 18th November)

Lollipop features a redesigned user interface referred to as Material Design, along with improvements to the lock screen and notification menu. The update also delivers improved battery life and performance.

Lollipop, otherwise know as Android L was first announced in June 2014. Since then we've kept our eye on the announcements and testing Pugpig on beta releases.

Developer API vs Shipped Release

After an extended testing and preview period, Google revealed the final API developer preview a few weeks ago and unfortunately with it introduced some new problems - we found existing Pugpig Android apps would crash. We worked quickly to resolve the major issues in our latest Pugpig SDK (Android v2.4) and product releases. 

The good news is that after purchasing the new Nexus 9 which shipped with the official Android 5.0.0 version pre-installed, we can confirm that our Pugpig apps function fine without crashes. We found performance was poor with older Pugpig apps that haven't upgraded in the last year so we will contact those clients urging them to update.

What next?

There are still some known issues with Pugpig on this OS including page flickering but we are working to improve this in our next release.

If you manage app development in-house please notify your developers and teams of this important change. We recommend updating your Pugpig apps in Google Play and Amazon, especially if your live app is running with a Pugpig SDK version that is older than the last two release cycles. Developers can download the latest frameworks from our website here: http://pugpig.com/downloads

There is still some time before Android Lollipop rolls out to a large number of users and we have no visibility on whether Google will release incremental versions with quick fixes in the next few months but we will monitor and notify you in Announcements of any important changes.

If you wish to discuss this further or have more questions or concerns please contact support@pugpig.com

 

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