Review #3: Android 5.0 on Google Nexus 5

I have been following and using Android phones since the first public release of Android 1.5 on the Android Dev Phone 1 manufactured by HTC.

Android 5.0, dubbed “Lollipop”, is the fifth release of Android and is now available for Google Nexus 5 devices. (Android 4.4.4 source code is available in the branch tagged ‘android-4.4.4_r1’ on android.googlesource.com, part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).)

There are also the Firefox OS and Jolla mobile platforms for phones, but I haven’t tried either yet. These are at least four different operating systems for phones now, competing with each other.

Apple’s iOS is a proprietary software platform built on a proprietary hardware platform, Apple’s proprietary hardware, while Android, Firefox OS and Sailfish OS are source code platforms.

Long live source.