Since iOS 8’s release a few months ago, we were patiently waiting to see if Google was going to make a move. Thankfully, the new version of Android is here and it brings a brand new set of features, as well as UI changes that are set to change the way we think about Android devices today and like the little girl in the feature image above, we are going to have a critical look at the new features.
Android 5.0 Lollipop will provide a whole new interface that has been built based on the material design principles. It will include brighter colors, better animations as well as a neat way to help developers create apps that keep their functionality no matter if they are run on a tablet, mobile phone or wearable.
Additionally, the operating system is set to bring a new notification system that can be expanded from the lock screen. In fact, depending on the direction that you swipe on, you will be able to unlock the device or access more notifications.
Silencing notifications for a certain period of time was something that many people wanted for a very long time and now, thanks to Android 5.0 Lollipop we will be able to remove notifications for a designated period. Additionally, the OS has also brought even more options for the settings shade, providing people with more control over their phone.
And since the wearables have become a given nowadays, we have the ability to authenticate our phone with the help of a wearable device. This feature is very interesting and it shows us the amount of dedication that Google has when it comes to developing a great OS.
By far a very sensitive topic is encryption. Many Android phones support this, yet it wasn’t enabled by default which brought a lot of problems. Now you won’t have to face such a problem anymore, because encryption is enabled by default, which means that all Android 5.0 Lollipop supported devices will be safer to use. In our opinion, this is a huge step forward for Google and all Android users!
Multitasking is essential for any Android user, and now this will take a new form, named Recents. The Android 5.0 Lollipop devices will have a Recents UI in the form of a card style, where they can cycle through running apps with ease.
Another major feature in our opinion is the multi-user support which was available only for tablets until now. Not only that, but it seems that OK Google will work even when the phone will be turned off.
The OS will receive a neat battery saving mode that will help us keep more battery by stopping some of the functions that you don’t need.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system will be available on many types of Android devices, mostly the latest ones from various manufacturers. Among others, the OS will run on Nexus 5 and up, various Sony Xperia models, LG G2 and G3, as well as HTC ONE and DESIRE among many others.
In conclusion, Android 5.0 Lollipop is set to become the best operating system for mobile devices, thanks to numerous features that are targeting mostly ease of use and a better integration with our daily life. You can expect Android 5.0 Lollipop to be released sometime this month, most likely around a special event alongside the new Nexus model release.
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