- By myweb
- In Android
- Posted 07 Feb, 2016
Google has posted new Android distribution numbers on its Android Developers site, revealing that KitKat is now installed on almost a third of Android devices that connect to the Google Play Store, just as it’s getting ready to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop has now launched officially and will be initially available on a brand new Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet. Motorola will be next to follow up with the updates and then soon we expect news from Samsung, HTC, Sony and all the rest.
Change 1 – Material Design
Android Lollipop is the biggest change to Android. It is packed with changes, but the most obvious improvements are visual. Google’s been working on getting its new “Material Design” aesthetic out in the world for months, and Lollipop is its culmination. One of Android’s biggest failings up to date — including with KitKat — has been that its design language never felt unified, and with Material Design Google hopes to fix that. It reflects this with clean, bold lines and colours that transform and alter with fun animations. At its best it lets you sense the depth behind the interface, even when it’s at rest and appears flat.
Change 2 – Notifications
Notifications have been significantly revamped in Android Lollipop. The OS’s lockscreen is no longer a static barrier you have to get through before you can reach the meat of your phone’s functionality. In Lollipop you can see what notifications you’ve received and what’s going on with your apps and contacts as soon as you pick it up, before you even unlock your device — and you can even respond to messages from the lockscreen. The way user sees notifications is changing as well — now rich, descriptive, and interactive notifications will pop up on top of what you’re doing without interrupting, so you can reject a call or read a message without quitting that game or whatever.
Lollipop’s quick settings bar also has new options that KitKat desperately needed, like easy buttons for flashlight, hotspots, and screencasting.
Change 3 – Connectivity and APIs
With Android Lollipop Google is making connectivity a big focus — not just between different handsets, but among different classes of device as well. For example Android TV is now built right into Android Lollipop, helping you easily navigate big screens with smartwatch voice commands, phone gestures, and more. Google also wants Lollipop’s apps to communicate with one another more than KitKat’s do. Examples are simple, like tapping links in Chrome and having them open in specific apps instead of taking you to mobile websites.
Change 4 – Safety
Android Lollipop has some new security features as well, like the ability to set geographical “safe zones” where your device won’t require a PIN to unlock. User can do the same with specific Bluetooth devices which your phone or tablet will sense automatically and turn off its security barriers.
Change 5 – Performance
Google says Android 5.0 is way more power-efficient over its predecessors, with the same phones getting significantly more battery juice out of Lollipop than they did with KitKat.