Rumors concerning Android 5.0 Lollipop's release date on November 3rd for Nexus devices have been confirmed by an internal document obtained by tech site Android Police.
While the release date hasn't been officially confirmed from Google, this November 3rd release date is said to apply to all Google Nexus devices, including the Nexus 9, the Nexus 6, and the aging Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10.
The Nexus 9 is Google's newest tablet that sports an 8.9-inch display and comes available in 16GB or 32GB models. The Nexus 6 is Google's latest flagship smartphone that boasts a 6-inch quad HD screen and an improved 13-megapixel camera. Both devices will launch on November 3rd.
The document obtained by Android Police was sent to app developers as an instruction in regards to the currently available Software Development Kit for Android 5.0 Lollipop. "Starting November 3rd, Nexus 9 will be the first device available to consumers that will run Android 5.0," the note reads. "Therefore, it is a great time to publish on Google Play, once you've updated and tested your app. Even if your apps target earlier versions of Android, take a few moments to test them on the Android 5.0 system images, and publish any updates needed in advance of the Android 5.0 rollout."
With a record-breaking 5,000-plus new APIs being supported at launch, Lollipop is said to be the most ambitious version of the Android OS to date. This open nature of the operating system is its biggest advantage, allowing developers from all over the world to improve the Android experience for phones, tablets, and wearables.
While the brief note doesn't name any other devices than the Nexus 9 and 6, Android Police mentions previous reports that both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will see Lollipop's over-the-air update on the 3rd. The Nexus 4 and 5 were both reported as dropping "in the coming weeks," but it's believed that all Nexus devices may unlock the OS update on the same day.
But as with every other OS update, Android 5.0 Lollipop is expected to roll out to certain users and certain carriers in stages. Then, after the Nexus devices have had their updates, all other Android manufacturers are expected to follow through. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will both launch with the operating system installed, and will be the first to contain the new Android update.