After tons of teasing and even showing off parts of it earlier in the year The company has just announced Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The fifth version of Android was first announced on June 25th and seeded to developers as a preview that could be installed on selected Nexus devices. It was just a taste of things to come and it wasn't until today that we learned what features will be included in the final release. And there are quite a few of them, among which the most noticeable change is a fresh new user interface called Material Design.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as well as Google Play edition devices, in the coming weeks. Motorola devices should get the update before the end of the year. Other manufacturers are yet to announce their plans.
So what’s new in Android 5.0?
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google introduces a new design language for all its apps and services. It is advertised as a spiritual successor to ink and paper - and it was designed to feel like them. Whilst moving around the interface, you will see how natural it is thanks to realistic lighting and shadows, fluid motion, beautiful typography, and edge-to-edge imagery. There are beautiful animations and smooth transitions everywhere and large palette of colours brings the much-needed breath of fresh air to Android's somehow stagnated look.
Android 5.0 Lollipop will now display your notifications on the lockscreen. You can interact with them in a variety of ways. For instance, you can dismiss a notification with a single swipe or reply to a text message without even unlocking your phone. Google has also added priority mode that will prevent selected applications from sending notifications. You can also activate quiet hours or make the system display notifications only from certain people.
The notification panel itself now sports a much cleaner look. Along with it, Quick Settings received a major overhaul. Now you can swipe down from the notification panel to quickly turn on and off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location sharing, and more.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first version of Google's mobile operating system that uses ART as default runtime. The company says it offers up to 4 times the performance while running the same applications, enables smoother user experience, and improves multitasking by making background apps and services more memory-efficient.
Another new thing is support for 64-bit processors that should allow for even better performance in the future.
Battery life is important and Google knows that. The company's engineers equipped Android 5.0 Lollipop with a handy new featured called battery saver. It turns off some power-hungry features to help you get up to 90 more minutes of battery life.
Encryption is now enabled by default on all new devices. It will secure your personal data SELinux module. Moreover, thanks to a new Android Smart Lock feature, you can unlock your device automatically when a paired smartwatch or car is near.
There are many bits here and there in Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the coolest small features is the ability to tape your new Android smartphone to your old one and copy all information using NFC. Another one is the always-listening "OK Google" voice command that you can use to make a phone call, send a text message, or perform other tasks without touching the device. If you happen to share your phone with somebody, you'll be happy to know that this feature has also been improved and comes with a slew of new options.