All new Android 5.0 Lollipop has arrived via Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 and now all the major smartphone manufacturers are releasing OTA updates for their respective devices. Android 5.0 is said to be the most ambitious and largest release of Android ecosystem till now. The most promising difference between previous releases and Lollipop is its Material Design User Interface with a layered architecture. The major key features of Android 5.0 Lollipop are as follows:
1. Material Design:
Google completely overhauled old UI of KitKat and gave the Google card more added depth and shadows in Android Lollipop. New on-screen software button icons are in there too, with a triangle replacing the Back arrow, a circle for Home and a simple square for accessing the Recent Apps multitasking menu. Material design is introduced to provide consistent design experience in all the Android devices and allows screen elements to dynamically shrink and expand.
2. Improved Notifications:
Improved notifications allows users to prioritize their notifications and receive alerts accordingly also user can access the notifications from the lock screen only without unlocking the phone. This feature also allows user to give priority to the games and screen apps so that incoming phone call won’t interrupt in between and all the notifications can also be viewed in on place by tapping on the top of the screen.
Google replaced the old Dalvik runtime with ART as default which promises better battery life, performance and application responsiveness. It supports 64-bit architecture which means that apps will be able to address more RAM than in 32-bit based processors as now Qualcomm also released its x64 based SoC Snapdragon 410 for mid range devices.
5. Google Fit:
Everyone’s getting into health and activity tracking, and Google is no exception. The new Google Fit framework in Android Lollipop will take Apple’s Healthkit head on, tying into sensors on phones themselves as well as connected accessories to collect data which will be ready for apps to use. Major partners including Nike, Adidas, Runkeeper, HTC, Asus, LG and Motorola are already on board. Google Fit could monitor physical activity and food intake as well as health indicators such as heart rate and breathing.
6. Improved Security and Quick settings:
Google introduces guest user mode and multiple accounts which can be used to securely share our device with others. New version has an encryption which is automatically turned on to protect user’s data and settings. SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware. Quick settings on notification panel has options like flashight, hotspot, screen rotation and screencast to improve accessability.
There are also minor updates in camera, video and audio experience and includes new services like Tap and Go and Pick up where you left adding to the user experience.