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Google outs Android 5.0 Lollipop source code

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Google outs Android 5.0 Lollipop source code

Google is pushing out the source code for its Android 5.0 Lollipop OS software, meaning the final edition is now game for devs to tinker with.

Every single line of Lollipop code is being dumped onto the Android Open Source Project, making the software available for anyone to access.

It’s not an unusual move, in fact it’s expected – the AOSP is Google’s way of getting devs to join in on the fun, and create new and exciting software based on the code.

The downloadable build is tagged up as ‘android-5.0_r1’ and comes authored from the big G itself.

There’s also device-specific file dumps for recent Nexus hardware, right back to the Nexus 7 launched in 2012.

While it’s good news for devs eager to start hacking away at the code, it’s also exciting for your average joe consumer – any hidden info or easter eggs should now be uncovered tout de suite thanks to source access.

It should also allow the uber diligent to scour for bugs and glitches within the code, an undoubted boon for Android’s dev team.

Of course, the size of the source files is assuredly huge, so it’ll be quite a while before everything of note will be unearthed.

Google finally launched its Android 5.0 Lollipop OS last month, with the software due to roll out across most recently-released smartphones over the next few months.

New features include 64-bit chip support, improved cross-platform functionality, boosted battery life, and an aesthetic overhaul dubbed 'material design.'

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Via: Android Police

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