Android Lollipop is an immense update, where Google has taken up its mature platform even higher. There has been a great deal of debates over what the new version of the Android would be called. From “Lemon Meringue” to “Licorice”. Delightedly, the winning “Lollipop” won out, however the name is hardly all that has been improved since the last version. Google has fastened up nearly every element of its mobile platform, refining the look and feel of Android across the board, as well as brushing up back-end tools and protocols to make the platform even more adequate.
Here’s precisely how Android 5.0 stacks up to Android KitKat.
The Android Lollipop is one of the most hefty changes to Android in a while, finally knocking Google’s O S (Operating System) up a full notch to version 5.0. The new change is packed with huge changes, however the most obvious improvements are visual.
Google has been working on getting its new creative ‘Material Design’ out for month, to present it to the world. Lollipop is Googles’ new pinnacle. One of Androids biggest failings up to date – including the KitKat design – has been that the design language had never felt complete, and with the new Material Design, Google is hoping to fix that.
Material Design shows this with the clean, bold lines and colours that revolutionise and alter with fun animations. At its best, it lets you sense the depth behind the interface, even when its at rest and appears flat.
This prolongs from app icons, fonts and interfaces to more simple elements like the new navigation buttons and notification bar icons, and one you get past the changes, you’ll start to agree that most of the things are looking much better.
The changed to Androids interface with Lollipop isn’t all visual. The voice commands with “OK Google” are more outstanding now as well, and it can even be used when the screen is locked and off on some devices. There are also tremendous improvements to notifications.
The notifications have been extremely modernised in the Android Lollipop. The O S lockscreens are no longer a static barrier that you have to get through to reach the good bit of your phone’s performance, but instead, it now has many elements of the KitKats notification panel and also more interactivity.
With Lollipop, you are able to see what notifications you have received and what is going on with your apps and contacts as soon as you pick up your phone, even before you unlock your device. You can even respond to messages from your lockscreen.
The way notifications are being displayed are changing too, they are now more slick, deceptive and interactive notifiers will pop up on top of what you are doing without interruption. So, you can reject a call or read a message without having to go off what you were doing whether it was playing a game, or writing an e-mail or text. Some of these functions were present in KitKat, however it was underdeveloped and inconsistent.
Lollipop new feature is a ‘do not disturb’ mode, which the Android KitKat and previous versions lacked. You can use it to silence your never ending buzzing phone during precise hours, or more importantly, to only let notifications that you want to come through.
The quick setting on Lollipop also have new options that KitKat so desperately needed. For example, easy buttons like the flashlight, hotspots and screenshotting. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the location options have also been expanded here too.
Connectivity and APIs
Google is now making connectivity is now a big focus with the Android Lollipop, not with the different handsets but with the different classes of devices as well. Android TV has been built into the Android Lollipop, which helps you navigate the big screens from a smartwatch voice command, phone gesture and much more.
Above all it means that your Android experience across all your favourite devices will be much more constant than it has been before, regardless if you are using a smartphone, TV, tablet or smartwatch.
Google wants Lollipops apps to interact with each other more than was previously the case on KitKat. For example, tapping links in Chrome and having them open in specific apps instead of having to take you to the mobile website.
Google is saying that Lollipops software is better at connecting to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Say for example, Lollipop devices won’t connect to a Wi-Fi network unless they can actually verify that there is a connection.
Safe and Sound
The Android Lollipop has new security features, like the capability to set geographical ‘safe zones’ where your device will not require a PIN to unlock.
You can do the same with specific Bluetooth devices, like Android Wear smart watches, where your phone or tablet with automatically sense and turn off its security barriers.
The Android 5.0 also has new settings that will let you hide sensitive and private information anywhere it might appear, despite all the changes to the notifications that will let you see and interact with them without unlocking your phone.
Having multiple user profiles on a single device, including temporary guest profiles, make it easier to share your phone with others whilst still maintaining control over your own stuff.
Reportedly, Google has put in a lot of effort to make the Android Lollipop run better under the hood. These phones will have more RAM than existing phones with KitKat and other operating systems that are cable of packing, which is a huge benefit that only the future generations of Lollipop handsets will be able to take advantage of.
Presently though, Google says that the Android 5.0 is a lot more power-efficient over its prior versions, and it has the same phones getting far more battery juice out of Lollipop than they did with KitKat.
Multitasking has also been updated with the ability to have multiple cards for the same apps that are open at that time which will let you have more than one document or website next to eachother. It is also much easier to switch the keyboards too, and the Android Lollipop supports RAW images.