Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android
Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties!
Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid.
Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing.
It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins.
New Quick Settings
The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no?
Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content you want to be seen and hide everything else. Great feature if you have kids in the house always messing around with your phone.
Android Run Time (ART)
So bye bye to Dalvik and hello to ART. This is an all new Android runtime, which improves the performance of the applications 4 times more than Dalvik. The UI becomes more smoother and visuals run smoothly without and any lag. It also allows the operating system to support 64-bit architecture processors, like the one found in the all new Nexus 9.
Other features include upgrades to media including professional photography options, USB audio devices such as microphones and speakers can be used on any Android 5.0 device. Android TV is also supported, with the help of the new Nexus Player. Now you can play visually stunning games like Modern Combat 5 on a big screen, console style. Double Tap to wale up your phone and a lots more.
The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first devices to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Devices such as Nexus 4, 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Google Play version devices will soon follow in the months to come. So, that is our first review on Google’s all new Android operating system. What did you think about it. Hit us in the comments section below.