The most awaited thing of the year is finally launched. Yes, we are talking about Android Lollipop. After a series of rumors and leaks on what this latest android will offer, it’s officially here with all new features and design. Once again Android has named its latest version on a dessert. Android has always tried to name its versions based on sweets like Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Éclair, Frio, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice-cream Sandwich, Jellybean, Kit Kat and now the all new Lollipop or more famously know as Android L.
A brand new material design look
The biggest change in the Android L is looks. The new design is all flat and is entirely based on making all animations, ripples and shadows look real. It means shadow gradients will be there along with 3D tiles that will slide over one another. Apart from this, Android L offers access for developers to use this feature for themselves on their apps. The Roboto font has been updated in a way which will make everything looks same whether you use a watch or TV. New on-screen software button icons are introduced in which the old triangle is replaced by the Back arrow. A new circle icon for Home and a square for accessing the Recent Apps multitasking menu is also introduced.
All new notifications and lock screen
. The notifications system is totally reincarnated, as the old dull grey list is now transformed into a card-based, white tile system which is fully accessible and actionable from the lock screen itself. Another big feature is that notifications will flow at the top of the screen which means if you get a call when you’re playing a game and a call comes, then this feature will pop up at the top and will ask if you want to take this call or not.
Interlocking app feature
Google has tried to make your apps talk to each another. The idea is that the Chrome browsing has an API which can be used by other apps to. For example: If you are trying to book a table and then you click on a link to book a table in the browser. After this you will be taken to something like OpenTable directly, rather than the mobile site itself.
The amazing personal unlocking feature.
Now this feature is very much interesting and futuristic. In Android L, there is a new Personal Unlocking feature which has the capability to learn where you are and what other devices you use. It even uses your voice print as a method to verify the owner of the device.
Once this feature is activated and the phone will try to understand whether is it you or someone else using the phone. It will look into the place where you mostly use your phone and will look out for the things you have attached to it. Once it will confirm that the user is correct, it will bypass the PIN-protected lock screen and will allow you to enter directly into the phone.
Project Volta: A better battery
The biggest problem with every smartphone is the battery and Google has tried to overcome this. According to Google a user will experience up to 90 minutes of extra uptime on the Nexus 5, running on Android L, all because of Volta. This Volta features opens up the battery use for the developers so that they can know what’s exactly is ruining the experience.
Android L has got everything which we were waiting for. When Kit Kat was announced with those amazing features we thought that it’s the end, but with Android L, Google has again amazed its users and gave them a wonderful surprise. All in all, Android L is faster, good looking and more efficient.