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Android Lollipop: An update with much more than Material Design

Months after the presentation of Android L in June, Google finally announced the new version of Android, officially called Android 5.0 Lollipop.

During Google I / O 2014, the company revealed the first details of Android 5.0, a version that has as a basis the design of the new concept of Material Design and is the first version that integrates Android Runtime (ART) by default. Google had introduced it as Android L.

In March 2015, the company officially announced the Android 5.1 Lollipop version, bringing some improvements in performance, new animations and functions, shortly after the company enabled Android 5.01 and Android 5.02 with some corrections of the operating system. In addition, by the end of April Google began to enable Android 5.1.1, including more corrections to the operating system. You can easily read through our guide on how to choose the best smartphone based on your budget here.

Material Design (Design Material) Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android Lollipop introduces the new scheme called Material Design, adding multiple layers and shadows in the Android interface so that the user can experience a better transition (not by magic) in different areas, as well as more animations because they can operate at 60 frames per second. In general, the new interface is much more minimalistic than we had seen in KitKat and in previous versions of Android.

In addition, the Material Design brings new colours to the interface that will be able to adapt to what the user is seeing to offer a greater focus on the content and with a greater variation of clean colours.

Better New notifications

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduces smarter notifications. Notifications appear on the lock screen as a series of cards that you can use to respond directly from there. Android Lollipop allows you to configure which notifications reach the lock screen to prevent anyone from seeing information that you do not want anyone else to see. Likewise, Google promises that Android will give priority to notifications that it thinks are more important to you and will hide the others.

Also, some important notifications will appear at the top as a pop-up when you’re using your cell phone in another application. For example, if you receive a call, you will see a popup window at the top, where you can answer or reject the call directly from there.

Since notifications are now taking up a large part of the lock screen, unlocking it will not work the same way you did it now, at least when you do not have a key or pattern selected. To unlock the screen you will have to slide your finger from the bottom half up. If you slide your finger to the left you will open the camera and if you slide your finger to the right you will open the marking application.

Better Multitasking in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google takes a little the concept of your Chrome browser to offer a view of open apps in a similar way. Pressing the recent app virtual button will get apps the way Chrome has recently organized tabs, more animated cards, more content, and a 3D effect class.

Quick Settings

The settings that appear on the second screen of notifications that you can open by sliding two fingers down has a new layout and new controls. You get a flashlight control, hotspot, content transfer to a Chromecast and screen rotation.

You can also control the brightness of the screen from there and pause notifications for a certain time, in case you are watching a movie or a meeting.

Longer battery life

Android Lollipop integrates Project Volta (Project Volta) as the great novelty to squeeze the maximum battery life in phones and tablets. This feature gives developers more control so they can better analyze how their apps impact battery life and allow them to be programmed so their applications are optimized to use the battery in the most appropriate way.

Also, Android 5.0 Lollipop includes a new battery-saving feature that promises to extend the battery life for up to an additional 90 minutes. Equally, it will now be easier to look at how much time is left before you have to recharge your phone or tablet; also shows you the time remaining to complete the device load.

Multiple users on one device

Although this feature was already available on Android KitKat and Jelly Bean, the feature has improvements and also works on mobile phones. Android 5.0 Lollipop includes a guest mode, as well as allowing you to create different users or profiles to lend your devices to your friends or family – without seeing your information, what apps you use, etc.

Android Runtime (ART)

Google began to integrate Android KitKat into Android Runtime (ART) as experimental software, mainly for developers. ART is a compiler that runs faster than Dalvik, the version that was found in previous versions of the operating system. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings ART as the default compiler.

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ART allows applications to be compiled into native code, which helps applications load faster and bring support for 64-bit processors. Google says ART is expected to improve fourfold.

Other news

  • Android Lollipop allows you to quickly set up your new device. Using NFC, you can migrate your accounts by just attaching your new device to the old one.
  • On the Nexus 6and Nexus 9, the “OK Google” voice command works even when the display is off.
  • It will reset the factory settings and erase all data remotely, specially designed for those occasions where we lose the phones or steal it.
  • The new devices come with active automatic encryption to protect your information in case you are robbed or lost the device.
  • Lower latency in sound input allows music and communications apps to provide a better, more fluid experience.
  • Support sound accessories via USB.
  • Professional photography functions including lka full frame capture at about 30 frames per second, Bayer RAW and YUV format support, sensor control, lens and flash individually for each frame, and capture of metadata as noise and information models optics.
  • More energy efficient protocol to search for Bluetooth LE devices and
  • Support for 15 new languages to increase support for more than 68 languages.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

On February 4, 2015, Google unveiled Android 5.1, the latest version of the operating system that brings some small news that Android 5.0 did not have. But, it was until March 9 that made official the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, while most changes are toward improving the performance of devices with operating system fixes, there is other small news worth mentioning:

  • Select Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices from the quick settings
  • New animations in icons of quick settings, clock app and other places
  • Support for two SIM cards
  • Device Protection allows you to keep your phone safe if it is lost or stolen so that it is mandatory to enter your Google account before you can use the phone (even if it has been formatted)
  • Voice calls in high definition (on some devices)
  • Improvements to the screen fix function, including the ability to use unlock pattern
  • Silent Mode
  • You can hide pop-up notifications without clearing the notification

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

On April 22 Google began enabling the update to Android 5.1.1. The update does not bring great news but includes some operating system fixes that will help improve the performance and experience that users have.

However, some of the major fixes as they take to start (fail to start) the cameras of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on occasion. In addition, Android 5.1.1 includes multiple security fixes and communication issues with the Chromecast.

Conclusion

Android Lollipop brings a new design and features that make the operating system more modern and have a much more attractive appearance. The Material Design makes it a pleasure to see the screen and the animations make the experience a little more fun.

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