Google finally announced the official name of Android’s latest version in a blog post – Android 5.0 Lollipop!
The most interesting features of Android 5.0 Lollipop includes its new looks called Material Design, better syncing between different devices, new notifications design, increased battery life, guest mode and smart lock.
Android Lollipop, how sweet!
The new design philosophy of Android 5.0 Lollipop features fluid animations for responses to your touch or swipe. Objects have a beginning and ending resulting in more sensible animations and transitions.
On screen buttons have been redesigned too now featuring a circle for the home button, square for recents and a triangle for back which also changes in form based on what’s currently going on.
Android 5.0 Lollipop also uses the ART Android runtime for improved performance and responsiveness. It also supports 64-bit SoCs with 64-bit version of apps such as Google Chrome, Gmail and Google Play Music pre-installed.
Actionable notifications now appear on the lockscreen of Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can also adjust your notification settings so that only those that are important will show up.
There’s also the new Guest mode for sharing your device with a friend but you don’t want to expose your sensitive files. Of course, Multiple Users is also supported.
Android 5.0 Lollipop promises up to 90 minutes of additional battery life as a result of its battery saver feature. There’s also the Smart Lock feature where you can pair your current device with another trusted device such as a smartwatch or car.
Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play Edition devices will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the new Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.