Google officially introduces Android 5.0 Lollipop, the 5th major edition of Android

Google has made the official introduction of the 5th major edition of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a plethora of functional improvements to the mobile operating system, but that isn’t the complete extent of this update. One of the biggest enhancements that Lollipop brings has to do with its visual presentation, as Google has redesigned the user interface of the platform in a pretty thorough manner. In terms of UI structure – little has changed, but most visual elements have been tweaked to utilize Google’s new Material Design paradigm.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

In a move that aims to improve user experience and provide consistency across different form factors in the vast Android ecosystem, Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Material Design makes the platform look more mature and polished than ever. Not only is the graphical user interface supposed to look better, but the system’s overall response and fluidity have also been improved. The latter is also due to the new ART runtime, which is now the default one.

Lollipop is expected to make the multi-device experience a modern and seamless affair, as it’ll come with a “continuity” feature of sorts, which will allow you to “pick up where you left off”, as Google puts it, when working with more than one Lollipop device. Usually, this would mean a phone and a tablet, but it’s expected that this feature will exhibit a certain degree of implementation with other combinations, too, such as a phone and an Android Wear watch.

Android Devices

Even though Material Design is going to make Android look and feel more consistent across different devices, different device types (phones, tablets, watches), will rely on different UI solutions – ones that will try to get the most out of their respective assets. For example, the tablet UI will show more options and content than a phone, making use of the larger screen.

Notifications are also getting a huge revamp in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only will they work better than ever by neatly delivering the info straight to your lockscreen, but they will also give you some more flexibility to work with, as they will now let you reply straight from the lockscreen, as well as filter out some unwanted sources of notifications.

Another other notable addition is the new battery saver mode. While it doesn’t seem to be something like Samsung’s extreme Ultra Power Saving Mode, which disables most of the smartphone’s functions, Android 5.0 Lollipop’s power saving mode will aim to squeeze out up to 90 additional minutes of usage time. The power management aspect of the operating system will also benefit from some new data that’s going to be accessible from the battery settings screen. Namely, users will be able to see how much time the battery has left at their current battery level, as well as how much time is left before the device is fully charged, while connected to a charger.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will also come with over 5,000 new APIs for developers.

A new guest user mode that’s making a debut in Android 5.0 Lollipop has the purpose of letting you safely share your phone or tablet with another user, similar to guest mode on the LG G3. The idea here is to prevent that other user from seeing all of your private content when you give them a shot of your device.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available out-of-the-box on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, and will soon arrive as a free update to the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10, Google Play Edition devices, all versions of the Moto X and Moto G, as well as the Moto E. Of course, there will also be other phones and tablets updated to Android 5 in the following months, but any time frames are yet to be announced by manufacturers.
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