Google announced on October 15 Android L is officially called Android Lollipop.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
After much testing, Google has announced the release of Android L, its latest version of the world’s most popular Android mobile platform. Android L, or its official title, Android 5.0 Lollipop, as brought a raft of new changes is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device — and will be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks.
Head of Android, Sundar Pichai, has proclaimed that Android 5.0 Lollipop one of the biggest upgrades to Android yet. , Android L was first announced as Android 4.4 KitKat’s successor back in June during the company’s annual Google I/O developer event. At that time, there was no official confirmation by Google of an Android L release date or a name.
Android 5.0 Lollipop release date
We know most of you may be wondering when you will be able to install this new update on your phone. Well for most of you will you will have to wait a little longer. While Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 have had access to early builds since June 26, for the rest of us Google has said it will be available for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks – so some users should be seeing it show up come November, if not before.
Android 5.0 Lollipop Features
So what puts Android 5.0 Lollipop above its predecessor Android 4.4 KitKat’s? Here are Android 5.0 Lollipop Features
Android Lollipop Material Design
As with every update, the first thing everyone will be looking for is a change in design. Google has a “new design language” for Android Lollipop which is called Material. Google new Material Design changes the way it looks, and feels and will not only affect mobile phones but also tablet, TV screen, watch and even the car.
This new design is flat, but at the same time is heavily based on making every animation, every ripple, every shadow look real, which is something that most brands are shying away from. Android’s latest update will be more intuitive which will allow more shadow gradients, 3D tiles that slide over one another and most importantly: access for developers to use this for themselves on their apps. The home, back and multi-tasking window buttons on Android 5.0 have also been refined, which allows interface to be cleaner, more intuitive-looking
This new update, we believe, will bring consistency to the app world regardless of device.
Enhanced Notifications and New Lock Screen
Android L makes notifications even better. The new upgrade will show only the more relevant information about your apps. Notifications, which has been merged with lockscreen will be shown on lock screen, can be adjusted to display notifications from the most important people and apps at certain time, for example when you are in a meeting or during certain hours of the day. Since the notification panel is being merged with the lockscreen you can see what’s going on as you pick up the phone, and a simple swipe to unlock the phone.
Notifications will flow over the screen at the top so there will be less intrusion. For example if you are doing something very important on your mobile and a call comes in you will see a pop up at the top, asking if you want to take it.
The lockscreen on Android 5.0 is also being improved. For example if you’ve got a specific location set up, or are wearing a Bluetooth device, the phone will recognize you and unlock without a PIN.
New Multi-tasking Interlocking apps on Android Lollipop
The new Android Lollipop brings a Google Now card style layout for apps. This will allow apps that have been open to flow on a sort of carousel and can be swiped off to either side to close them as before. Some apps, for example chrome, will be able to have multiple cards in recent apps. Android Lollipop will show a separate card for each open tab.
Moreover, apps will be able to communicate with each other. For example, using Chrome browser, which has an API that other apps can take advantage of, to search for a restaurant location you will be taken to Google Earth directly, rather than the mobile site.
Faster, better looking and more efficient
Google did this by creating a new way of putting the platform together when you’re using the phone which will make everything slicker, faster and more efficient.
Android Lollipop battery life
A better battery life is what everyone always wanted on Android phones and Android Lollipop is delivering just that. Google dedicated battery saver mode added to Android Lollipop will give up to 90 minutes of extra use per charge (using the Nexus 5 as a test case). Project Volta allows developers to identify how their apps are using battery so they make improvements. Project Volta is Google’s new way of showing why and how a phone’s power pack is running down.
With the Lollipop announcement came a surprise new product: Nexus Player. This new product will be called Android TV and has already had many big names signing on including Sony, Philips and Sharp. This means users will be able to get contents such as games, films, TV shows etc right using Android TV onto your big screen.
Search is well-integrated too (through the mobile phone… or even an Android Wear watch), with Android TV very much powered by voice. When a search is made for anything, for example Fast & Furious 6 on your phone (when connected to the Android TV) it will show you the option to watch it on Google Play or any other compatible app installed.
Multiple user accounts
There will a multiple user accounts features to Lollipop which will allow you to setup multiple accounts on your phone and will limit what others will be able to access on your phone.
This feature also comes with a default “guest” profile that allows someone to use the device without seeing any of your personal data.
Security – personal unlocking
According to Google, security is very important for Android and its users. It is because of this why Android Lollipop comes with a new feature which will enable users to unlock their smartphone when in close proximity using a device such as Android Wear smartwatch.
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