Not Lemon Meringue Pie, not Licorice and not even Ladoo; the next version of Google’s mobile OS will be called Android 5.0 Lollipop. Equipped with a completely overhauled appearance, this software update is all set to invade compatible devices in the months to come, with its first two bearers being the newly unveiled Google Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet.
1. The design approach used by the software is called Material Design, and it’s characterized by flatter icons, realistic lighting and shadows, vivid new colors, new typography and more.
2. Notifications shine more beautifully than before, with iOS-style lockscreen appearances. They have tons of customization options so that you can decide how your notifications are to be controlled.
3. A welcome addition is that whenever you get a call while running a certain application, the call does not take up the whole screen. You can click on small icons to answer or reject the call, thus keeping your application or game alive and kicking.
4. Android 5.0 Lollipop happens to feature a nifty battery saver of its own. This is capable of providing 90 minutes of additional usage when put into motion. The OS is more power efficient than its predecessor as well.
5. Security is also a key ingredient in this operating system, even as full device encryption has been granted to it. Then there’s a kill switch for triggering it to become useless if stolen.
6. Quick settings receive a revamp, with toggle switches for Wi-Fi, Location and Bluetooth having been added. Functions like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen have also been introduced through this release.
7. And then there’s a whole lot more in the form of a new runtime for apps, Android TV accommodation, support for more than sixty new languages and device sharing options, among other exciting additions.
Which phones are getting it, and when?
In the ‘coming weeks,’ the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices will be blessed with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and so will all the Play Edition devices. Google hasn’t said anything about a release for Android One handsets, but according to earlier announcements, they should get the new software soon as well.
Motorola was quick to announce that all of its 2013 and 2014 devices will be provided with the OS. Although there’s no particular time-frame for the launch, it won’t take much longer for the company to release it owing to the near-stock nature of its devices. The phones which will be getting it include both the 2013 and 2014 models of the Moto X and Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
While Samsung, Sony and LG have not officially confirmed their plans to release the software update, it’s a given that their products will be blessed with the Lollipop treat as well. But as it goes for manufacturers who use their own skins, this should take some time.
Update: Sony has just announced that its entire Xperia Z lineup will be receiving this update, albeit only next year.
Meanwhile, HTC has claimed that its version of the update will be outed for the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8 within 90 days of Google letting it out in the open. Thereafter, other its One and Desire handsets will be provided with the release.
So there you have the plans by manufacturers for the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. The waiting game has now begun. Be sure to hit this link for a complete look into what’s new in the fresh version of Google’s OS.