In case you were wondering, your smartphone won’t be asking you to buy it a Lollipop. Not any time soon, anyway.
Back to the actual topic, Google has announced to roll out one of the biggest version upgrade since Android 4.0 today. Lo and behold, Android L(ollipop) 5.0, following the tradition of name its operating systems alphabetically after sweet delicacies. This latest version of Android have been in spotlights ever since Google announced it in I/O 2014 a few months back.
So what’s new?
A bunch of stuff, really. From complete revamp of internal workings to a sexier, sleeker user interface to material design, it is said to be the
largest, most ambitious release on Android
Some of the most notable features of Android Lollipop are:
- Consistent design and look-and-feel in all of the devices.
- 5,000 new API’s for developers.
- OS sync (yes, OS sync) across multiple devices running on Android Lollipop. So you launch an app on your phone, do some stuff on it, pick up your tablet, and continue where you left off on the phone. Your photos, songs, searches, recent tasks, and even applications get sync across devices.
- Categorization of notifications – say you’re on a dinner date and wouldn’t want to have it disturbed so you allow only certain kind of notifications to be displayed to you, like a text message from a family member or a voice note from your home land-line number.
- Android now runs on Android own runtime environment making it more efficient and less power hungry than its previous versions. Google claims that its optimizations into core Android will give your device an extra juice of 90 minutes every day. For you tech-savvy people out there, here’s a comparison between Android Lollipop’s ART and previously used Dalvik Virtual Machine.
- Material Design – unified experience across device platforms and screen sizes allowing a user to intuitively use an Android application whether they’re tapping away on their smartphone, tablet, your smart watch, or an in-car Android computer. For more detailed features of Material Design, read this article.
- Ability to create multiple user profiles and switch between them. Switching a profile would keep your photos and other data private, including the apps you’ve installed on the device.
- 3D but flat, yet 3D.
There are plenty of features in Android Lollipop that are yet to be disclosed about the operating system. So, if you’re saying to yourself, “Well, awesome! So when do I get my hands on a phone running Android L?” And the answer is: if you’re a developer and have Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, you can get to play with it. For the rest of the folks, Google is going to release Android L on 1st of November. So hang tight!
Passionately a software developer, Basit Saeed considers himself a person who believes in software and social media being the change agents of 21st century. He is a techy, a gadgets freak, and loves playing with code whenever he can. He tweets at @basit_saeed.