When Android first hit the market with their “Cupcake”, no one predicted it can penetrate so deep into mobile operating system market. From 2009 to now 2015, the journey has been tasty with lots of deserts and sweets all around the naming hierarchy of the OS.
The recent Android OS is known as Lollipop, after rumors of naming it “Liquorice” or “Lemon Meringue Pie”. Google finally settled for lollipop, enticing isn’t?
The Android L journey started just after Google I/O event, as after the event it was available for download. But, the developer version (currently available) is not for general users and is intended to target the developers.
Now, let’s discuss key features of Android Lollipop.
Notifications in Android Lollipop
Notifications are completely overhauled in the new Android L which signifies the biggest change in the newest version of mobile OS released by Google. The new notification system is based on Google Now’s card-based system which makes the User Interface more appealing to the users.
Notifications are displayed even after the device is locked, and tapping into one of them will lead the users direct into action. Furthermore, particular notification card can be expanded for more information.
The new notification is highly plausible and showcases the talent behind the Android team at Google. They managed to show notification and transmit the notification into seamlessly more detailed view with a single tap. The notification can also be removed with a single sweep of the screen.
Google new OS Android L also improves on the experience during an activity. This means that if you are using any app and suddenly a call or email arrives, then the OS will send a pop-up to your screen, which can be either accepted or cancelled; doesn’t stop the current activity by any means.
Android L also introduced “Do not disturb” function, ending all means of communication with the external world.
Android Beam in Android Lollipop
Google has introduced a new way of sharing options inside Android, a completely new menu just for sharing. The inclusion of Android Beam is welcomed and this can expand the usability of the Android device. Android Beam is an NFC rapid transmission protocol that takes care of data sharing between two close devices.
The first appearance of Android Beam was in Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but this time they decided to completely incorporate the feature into the OS. This is a welcome move considering that lot of people are now-a-days reluctantly share data between themselves.
Battery management in Android Lollipop
Project Volta, an attempt by Google to identify the apps that drain the most juice is incorporated within Android L. Even though Project Volta is incorporated by Android L, many apps out there don’t support it.
Android L shows how much time it’s left to completely recharge the phone, which is a nice add-in. It also features battery saver mode that takes care of the battery saving techniques such that battery life is elongated.
Design Changes in Android Lollipop
Android L features new “material design” which was first unveiled at Google I/O 2014.
Still, the change will take some time to take place as the apps are still not available in “material” versions.
The similarities between Android L and kit Kat are astounding and many can take it as Kit Kat without further exploration.
The developer version comes with a warning of being an unstable release, but normal usage didn’t reveal any bugs and worked smoothly. Android L new notification, battery saving features and material design are only few of its changes.
Android L is going to be released to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 phones in November. The next release cycle includes Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.