Android 5.0 announced as Android Lollipop with Material Design, Improved Security & Features

by Chetan Bhawani 17

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Finally today Google officially announced their much awaited Android 5.0, the Android L or Lollipop along with the new 6-Inch QHD Nexus 6 device. Back in June, when Google previewed the new Android OS at the Google I/O event and released the developer version, it was called as Android L. Today Google officially confirmed that the new Android OS will be named as Android Lollipop and will come as version 5.0.

The new Android Lollipop has tons of new features and improvements. It looks better and performs way better than the previous versions. According to Google, Lollipop is their largest and most ambitious Android release as of yet with over 5,000 new API’s for developers. It is more flexible and is designed to work on most of the devices.

Google also said that the New Android Lollipop will be more customization friendly, people can customize it the way they like. This all sounds cool, let’s see what other things it has to offer. What New it has to Offer?

More than Phone & Tablet

The previous Android versions used to support Phones and Tablets but the Android Lollipop will break the barriers. Lollipop will be the first Android OS which will also support Smart-Watches, your TV and even your car.

Material Design

Android Lollipop flaunts material design which is more responsive, colorful, bold, fluid and attractive. The use of realistic lighting & shadows along with the UI makes the interface so fresh yet so familiar. Lollipop uses new fonts, vivid colors, attractive icons, new sounds and immersive imagery which helps you focus on main content.

Pick Up from where you left

Android Lollipop syncs with multiple devices and makes your content available across multiple devices, be you watch, tablet or smartphone. Not only that, you can also continue your work from where you left on multiple devices. For example; suppose you were listening to music, searching internet or going through photos – You can simply continue doing it from where you left on multiple devices.

Android L Devices

Better Battery Life

Android Lollipop comes with a battery saver feature which can help in extending battery life up to 90 minutes. With the help of this new battery saving feature, you can squeeze until the last drop of juice remaining and get some extra minutes in certain situations. The Android Lollipop also brings a fresh new battery stats menu where you get some extra data and statistics. You can easily manage the power usage and see the estimated time before the battery runs out. You can also see the estimated time in which the battery will hit 100 percent, when charging.

Improved Security

The new Android Lollipop brings a new security feature known as Android Smart Lock. Using this feature you can pair your Android device or tablet with your smart watch or even your car. Once paired, your device will lock itself – You can only access the device either by entering the password / patter or by bringing your smart watch near your device. If you are wearing the smart watch, your phone or tablet won’t ask for passcodes, they can detect the watch and recognize the owner, but if someone else picks up your device or even you pick it up (when not wearing the watch) if won’t allow the access unless you enter the passcode. Not only that, Android Lollipop uses the SELinux enforcing on all apps, it protects your device from malware and security threats.

Quick Settings with a Swipe

Two swipes down from the top of the screen and there you get the most frequently used settings. Quick on/off toggles, handy tools and other controls in your finger-tips. You can access Flashlight, Hotspot, Screen Rotation, Adjust Brightness, Toggle on/off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Mobile Data etc. You can enable / disable adaptive brightness function which will automatically adjust the brightness according to the ambient light of surroundings.

Better Connectivity

Android Lollipop brings the Bluetooth low energy capabilities or the ‘BLE’ to your smartphones, this helps in saving power as it uses low energy for nearby device scanning and pairing for wearables, It also includes a separate BLE peripheral mode. Android Lollipop also promises better internet connectivity and limited interruptions when switching from home networks to cellular networks.

Supports 68+ Languages

Android Lollipop supports 68+ languages with new 15 additions to it, they are: Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu

‘OK Google’ Anywhere

If you are using the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or any device with the digital signal processing support, simply say ‘OK Google’ even when your screen is off and Bingo, your device will come to life and you can throw orders at it. You can simply talk to Google and get search results, texts, quick answers, directions and a lot more.

Overall Better Performance

The Android Lollipop UI is blazing fast and smooth. It uses ART which is a new Android runtime system, which improves the responsiveness, app performance etc. Android Lollipop is also good at multitasking, you can easily manage multiple tasks at once. It also supports 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86 and MIPS based cores.

Better Photography & Video Playback

You can now capture full resolution frames at 30fps, control capture settings for the sensor, lens and flash as per your shot. You also get support for formats like YUV and Bayer RAW.

Guest Mode

You want to lend your device to a friend or relative but are afraid that he might access your data? Not anymore, with the new Guest Mode you can share your device with your friends without sharing your data.

And much more.

So these were some of the new additions to the Android Lollipop, there are many more features which you can experience on the new Android OS. By looking at the above listed features, one thing is sure that the new Android surely gives more control over your device. You can customize the settings as per your need, you can adjust the setting so that only notifications from certain people show up and you can access the notification directly from your lockscreen.

[Input by Jim Luthra]

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Can’t wait for my G3 to get updated!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    It increases battery life,security, video playback etc woah these are so needed

    • yeah! Kit kat did a great job at requiring little ram to run so it was able to preform well on low end devices like my phone and now they’ve improved everything with lollipop!

  • Jugal Mudoi

    I can imagine from this definition that how would it be amazing, really super excited for the most advanced android version till date, optimizing battery life and improved security are the two things which was much needed in previous versions.Nice to read this beautiful description…

    • yeah im one of many who eagerly wait for he release to see this update in action. I have some features i have singled out and really want to look out for.

  • Loving the many additions to the anroid os. These are good changes, especially the better security and connectivity. I have experienced 4.4, and I enjoyed it, but I am very excited for Lollipop.

    • boy arent we all! After playing with kitkat i was forced to revert back to stock froyo! lollipop would be such an upgrade!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Impressive good

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Visually stunning it is .

    • everything is beautiful about androids new material concept design there are beautiful animations for almost everything!

  • Joshua Akinsola

    i hope the material ui is made with multiple colors

  • Nebu Cherian

    Still waiting…. Haven’t got it yet do any one else got it..

    • i wish i had it, right now nexus users are in incredible shape as they will enjoy this before anyone else!!

  • Joannes Joseph

    All these different food names … Lollipop should be good

    • it will be especially with their new tweaks to multitasking, material design, and implementation of user profiles!!

  • Joshua Akinsola

    Still awating to experience lollippop. I hpe one day i will get a chance to. Ive been with android since eclair. Flashed froyo, gingerbread, ice cream sandwich, jellybean, and kitkat, ive made cupcake detours and even tasted the key lime pie aesthetic. I really just want to settle down with the material beauty that is lollipop.

  • Android

    Never expirienced lolliop one on one but looking at the article and snapshots that i have seen i see that it looks very nice and very professional and actually looks better than IOS. It looks very simplistic and very down to earth. ON my phone i am still using Gingerbread OS and an upgrade to lolilop would be like miracle to me. The next Android is going to be even awesomer. Android 5.0 is the best android update to date!!!