After like a perpetuity, Google has given birth to Android version 5.0 or Lollipop. Perhaps this is Google’s biggest mobile update in years. Here we are going to unveil Google’s latest gift to the wireless community.
Whenever a new Android version is released, the list of supported devices changes a lot. It takes time for the manufacturers to look at the new code and determine the way of incorporating it into their user experiences. E.g. Motorola is rolling out Android 5.0 to the Moto X Pure Edition and 2014 Moto G. Samsung’s higher-end devices have got Lollipop in December. The Nexus 6 and 9 came with Lollipop preinstalled, and updates are also available for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10. We can also expect to see the LG G3 refresh soon, as it has already started hitting some markets. HTC and Sony’s Xperia have also released lollipop updates.
The most important improvement is the overall look. The change in Lollipop is the new design aesthetic, called Material, and it is all about giving the OS a more welcoming look. It responds to touch in new ways. It has used beautiful bright colours, shadows and user interface elements which look like layers of paper placed on the top of one another. It follows a paper and ink pattern. Toolbars look like strips of paper. Sliding a panel out from the side makes it look like slipping right over the rest of the app as if we were sliding a piece of paper over another.
Instead of arrow sign, there is a triangle. Circle is the home button. Square is a new multitasking menu. There is huge variation of animation. There are expanding and condensing effects when we open and exit the app drawer. It shows a zooming effect when we swipe to unlock the screen and sliding animation when we swipe down from the top of the display to view notifications and the quick settings menu.
Colour and typography are also important here. The choices in the palette are designed to give each app a friendly, welcoming thought that is pleasing to the eye; users like a beautiful look, so first impression is important. Similarly, the designers also used the Roboto font by making it rounder and wider, giving the text a more pleasant look.
Let us turn to the actual user interface in Lollipop. Here Google search bar uses Material Design. It is no longer transparent. The customization options, reminders and settings are not on the bottom of the screen. There is a slider to adjust brightness, along with toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flashlight, rotation preferences, airplane mode and screen casting; date and time are shown in their own section along the top, next to battery percentage and buttons for the full settings menu and user modes. And it does not appear over a black background. The new menus appear over whatever screen you were already working in. The app menu is functionally same, but has a paint type look to give it more of a Lollipop vibe. Icons are fitted on the top of a sheet of digital paper. The Calendar is also there, but it comes with a few new changes. We can’t see the entire seven-day of a week anymore, because the app now has for a five-day view. Worst part is that, we won’t be able to zoom in or out of this view, so we are going to have to scroll up and down regardless of what your day looks like. The month view is still there, Notifications and quick settings have been merged into one big menu. So google has touched and refined almost every element of Android 5.0 to make it a more attractive OS.
Earlier the android view was little frustrating but now it has given a pleasant look. It is faster than the previous versions. It is tangled with a setup feature called Tap and Go. It lets the old phone tell the new one which apps to install, what wallpaper and screen layout you’d like (provided you’ve been using the Google Now launcher) and other setup information like WiFi, location preferences and more. Every app is still downloaded through the Play Store, but we will need to re-enter your logins. Lollipop has an OTA function built into the setup process itself, in case it needs to push quick system updates or any other emergency fixes as early as possible.
Notification view has drastically changed. Its aim is to eliminate distractions to our daily workflow and make multitasking more efficient and easy. When we get a call it appears as a notification on the top of the screen with the option of answering or ignoring the call. Messages, alarms and low-battery alerts also appear the same way. Notifications also now appear on the lock screen. We can perform actions on the notifications without unlocking the screen. But this can be a problem to people who want sensitive information to hide from others and keep it safe. There is another cool feature called “interruptions”. It allows to show only the most important notifications just like “Do Not Disturb” service. We can set a repeating schedule and decide whether to allow calls from everyone, anyone on our contact list or starred contacts. It also gives us the option to silence calls, messages and events/reminders. Another feature is the heads-up notification. It allows small pop-up alerts at the top of the screen. We can interact with or respond to the notification and then move on, without opening the notification drop-down menu.
The card design also appears in the notification shade, which we swipe down from the top of any screen to reveal. A nifty new feature allows us to press and hold individual notifications to access the app’s notification controls.
So overall it has some pleasing and some unpleasing features in notifications. We will have to accept it the way it is, until the next edition comes.
It has new system for the lock screen. When we do not have any new notifications, then the lock screen is very simple. It is not as simple as the other things are. To open any app there, you have to swipe.
Google makes the android security more advanced with every new release. There is a new way to unlock your device, called Smart Lock. It uses any compatible Bluetooth device to automatically unlock your phone. We have a separate app to do it. Encryption is automatically enabled to protect the phone data. The data can be unscrambled only with a special key, which we access with a password we create. It has SELinux which provides all applications a better protection against vulnerabilities and malware
Now we can see the estimated time required to charge the battery fully, according to the new feature. It also tells us about the estimated time left before we need to charge again. A battery saver feature extends the device use by 90 minutes.
It provides flexible sharing facilities. It has multiple user facilities. So if we by chance forget the password, we can simply switch on to another user and use the phone. It also supports guest users which can also protect your personal stuffs from sharing. We can pin the screen so that other user can only access some contents without causing any harm to the phone.
Android 5.0 introduces RAW image support when taking pictures. There is a built-in USB audio support which helps the devices running Lollipop able to use professional audio equipment like microphones, speakers, amplifiers, mixers etc. The keyboard has been user efficient and on the tablet it is fab to use. It is not easy to use in portrait mode, but in landscape mode it is a little better.it has improved multimedia performance. It includes lower-latency audio and USB audio accessory support. It has print preview options and the ability to select a specific page range when printing just like we see in computers and laptops. We can continue a Wi-Fi call or video chat when we leave Wi-Fi and switch to data. Our phone instead of searching for any available network will connect to Wi-Fi if there is a verified Internet connection available.
A more power-efficient scanning formula is there for searching Bluetooth low-energy devices and beacons. It has a new ART Android runtime. It improves performance and responsiveness in our apps. Battery management has also been enhanced. All Android devices now get the “ultra power saving mode”. The most pleasant thing about Android is its extreme customizability.
Everyone can easily fall in love with Google’s new creation i.e. Android version 5.0 or Lollipop. On one hand, it has presented a more beautiful and pleasing look whereas on the other hand it supports more user friendliness and multitudinous applications. It brings improved battery life, notification popups, advanced media facilities, clever security, advance privacy settings and developer tools for better apps. It has maximum features of all android versions till now. It is one of the biggest android update perhaps the best and surely worth of people having it.