Today marks a significant day in Android’s history, with the announcement of multiple new Android products as well as a new version of Android. Android 5.0 Lollipop is Google’s biggest revamp of Android in several years. It brings in a new design, new consistency and marks a new era of Android that’s all about diversity and creativity. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The largest change is Material Design, Google’s new design and style language for all of Android and even the web. Material Design focuses on vivid splashes of color and clean, easy-to-view interfaces. Large, high-res images are encouraged and the interface should grab your attention and be easy to use. Responsiveness is improved with natural motion animations, better animation feedback to touch and subtle shadows and lighting effects that make it seem more real. Android 5.0 Lollipop with Material Design is a massive visual overhaul of Android.
Notifications and settings have been tweaked and rebuilt to provide a better, more convenient experience. Notifications are now available to see and interact with on the lock screen. They’ve also become far smarter with less disruptions; for example, phone calls will no longer interrupt your game or video, but will give you a pop-up that allows you to choose to answer or not. Priority mode allows you to only receive notifications from select services and people, minimizing small distractions. Settings have also improved with notifications and far better quick settings as part of the notification shade.
Battery life and performance have both been improved as well. Project Volta has increased the battery life for Lollipop and has added in a power saver mode to eke out even more battery life. Performance is getting a major boost with ART (Android Runtime) becoming the new default runtime and boosting performance by up to four times. Android 5.0 Lollipop also supports 64-bit processors, allowing for even more powerful hardware.
Other improvements include audio, camera performance, security, mobile payments, language support and others such as Tap & Go, which allows you to set up your new Android device by simply tapping it against your old Android device and creating an NFC connection. Android 5.0 Lollipop is designed to improve everything throughout Android and make it the most polished version to date, and that’s something that Android has needed for a long time.
Android 5.0 Lollipop ships with the new Nexus devices and Google has announced that the Nexus 4, 5, 7 ,10 and Google Play edition devices will see the update within the coming weeks. Manufacturers will release their own update schedules in time, though HTC and Motorola have both given some details.