If you have been following the news over the last twenty fours hours then it has been an exciting time for android users. After months of speculation and waiting, yesterday, Google went and dropped the Android 5.1 (Lollipop) bomb on everyone by finally and officially announcing the release of the latest Lollipop update. Not to mention, this was quickly followed by the beginning of various Nexus factory images making their way online and available to download and install.
This was then followed today by Google announced the launch of a few new APIs which were landing with the Android 5.1 update. These included an API for multiple SIM-card support, an API for enhanced enterprise for Android for Work and a new API for Carrier Services. Well, along with the newly released APIs, Google also made publicly available the new SDK for Android 5.1. This, of course, will not be that useful to most android users but for those interested in developing for Android 5.1, then the release of the SDK will be a welcomed addition. The Android 5.1 SDK is noted as API level 22, which follows on from the API 21 for Android 5.0 and the earlier API 20 from Android 4.4 (KitKat).
If you are interested in developing for Android 5.1, then as well as the Android SDK, Google have also released an updated Android Emulator which will allow you to see your developed 5.1 apps running in an emulated environment and both the SDK and emulator are available now to download. Of course, if you already have apps available for android, then you will probably also want to give the new SDK and emulator a whirl to make sure your current apps function correctly and properly on Android 5.1 and without any major issues. If you prefer to test run the apps in a real-world setting, then as long as you have one of the Nexus devices for which the 5.1 factory image has already been released then you can just grab the image and test your apps that way. Either way, you can read all the details of the updated SDK, emulator and API’s by clicking the source link below.