Oct 15 AT 4:28 PM Nick Sarafolean 14 Comments

Let’s take a look at Android 5.0 Lollipop

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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.

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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.

Source: Google Android

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Kevin Marriott

    When will the Galaxy series Ie S4,S5 Get the update??

    • qewr

      Touchwiz deserves to die.

      • olaola

        Touchwiz is what Google copies in future Android according to Google new features ;)
        thanks to Samsung there are at least some features in pure (dumb) Android

      • BlazeHN

        You know I also hate Touchwiz, but coming from Samsung for like 5 years then switching over pure Android you realize that not everything of Touchwiz is junk but instead it is actually some kind of enhacement over pure Android, dont get me wrong, I know it adds more stress over the system resources but it also adds some nice features that are missing when you have pure Android instead and no Apps or adds can really replace them. Kinda hard to explain I guess hehe.

  • Petra

    Apple has 8.0 already, just saying

    • Gazellen

      Apple Safari is 11 years old and only in version 7.x.
      Google Chrome is only 6 years old and in version 38.x
      …Just saying

      • Gazellen

        You can’t compare version numbers between Operating systems or browser for that sake

        • kynan

          And you can absolutetly not compare a company that make you pay at least 800 euros for a phone who introduce as a new feature the possibility to have a third party keyboard ( just to take one) to a company who want to put some reel new features like the chipset, the screen or the battery life for 350 euros (yes im talkin about the nexus 5 for an example wich is as faster as a iphone 6, when you know that it’s “the best iphone they ever maid”.. i’m currently asking my self some serious questions about how the brains of iphone buyers works to make the choice to pay for a iphone.. Am i alone ? anyway..
          (don’t take it as an attack and dont take it the wrong way it’s just an opinion)

          • olaola

            sorry, but Nexus 5 is much faster than iPhone 6

      • BlazeHN

        Also more updates means they are really working on improving and enhance the system, adding new, curious and really original features instead of just slacking off and ignore the permanent need for improvement.

    • Kyle Peterson

      And Apple’s OS still sucks!

    • Ovivlion

      If you go by that, then lollipop should be version 10 if you start cupcake and end with lollipop, 12 if you go with the 2 unreleased versions of a and b.

      • SGB101

        My g1 came with what would of been B, 1.1. Iirc Novrmber 2008 I got it.

  • jamal adam

    I’m excited for lollipop to come to my Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 5. Lollipop sure looks every bit the sweetest version of Android yet.