On June 25, 2014 Google unveiled Android Lollipop with its versions spanning between 5.0 and 5.1.1.There were many rumors and worries that this version would just be an iterative update but after its launch it proved out to be a new and much needed level for Google’s OS. Android 5 is a really big step up from its previous version of Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Features and Specs
One of the prominent changes made by Google in the Lollipop release is its user interface. They have redesigned the user interface and built it around a design language known as Material design. There are many other changes including improvements in the notifications, which were made accessible from the lock screen and displayed as banners on the top of the screen within applications. Many internal changes were also made by Google to the platform, Android Runtime (ART) was officially replaced by Dalvik for better application performance and improvement & optimization of battery usage. Android Lollipop is slicker, faster and importantly, kinder on the battery as compared to the previous versions of Android.
The interface of this update is cleaner and simpler, and the whole platform seems premium and useful, something that Google was hoping in order to entice the manufacturers for bringing in more of its recognizable elements on upgrading their handsets. Google had made Android 5.0 a really simple tool as a base and intend to build on top of it, thus enabling the users to easily upgrade to subsequent faster versions. As far as the looks are concerned Google has done an immensely great job with Android Lollipop by flattening down all the menus and the widgets giving everything a two-dimensional effect.
Apart from this there are loads of other design flourishes that delight as well: for example, on dragging the Notifications bar from the top of the screen the settings icon does a little role. Things like this make you feel that the device being used by you has the grunt to do whatever you want it to. The grid of icons and the widgets are the same available for the home screen hence meaning there isn’t any radical overhaul of the way the Android operating system works. The interface has not changed radically but Google has refined almost all the elements of Android 5 to make it a more attractive OS.
The security on Android Lollipop has been has bulked up by Google, by updating a number of old favourites too. The Face unlock software is working more efficiently and smoothly now making it more useful. The software and hardware has been changed making the Face Unlock system more subtle and accurate. Once set up the tablet or the handheld will begin looking for your pretty face as soon it’s unlocked. This system is very slick, although it could still be open to spoofing. But nevertheless it’s yet another layer of security for your personal data in your handheld which can’t be left just at the mercy of your passcode.
Google had made Android 5 more personal by linking together all your different systems operating on Android 5 like your handheld with your pc, tablet or even your watch. So, it’s pretty cool and when the need arises useful to unlocking your phone through your watch or sending stuff in your tablet through your handheld. The system is open as compared to iOS making it user’s favourite. Android 5 is not only flatter and smoother but also more tactile than before. It’s much more visually appealing.
We can say that Android Lollipop is the best platform Google has cooked up so far.