Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially here: Material Design, ART, power saving and more


Without any precursory buzz at all, Google has just made an official introduction of the so-called Android L release. Just as most of us expected, the 5th major edition of Android will bear the name Lollipop, and there isn't a piece of lemon meringue pie in the world that can change that.

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a plethora of functional improvements to the world's most popular mobile operating system, but that isn't the complete extent of this update. One of the biggest enhancements that Lollipop brings has to do with its visual presentation, as Google has redesigned the user interface of the platform in a pretty thorough manner. In terms of UI structure - little has changed, but most visual elements have been tweaked to utilize Google's new Material Design paradigm. In a move that aims to improve user experience and provide consistency across different form factors in the vast Android ecosystem, Android 5.0 Lollipop's Material Design makes the platform look more mature and polished than ever. Not only is the graphical user interface supposed to look better, but the system's overall response and fluidity have also been improved. The latter is also due to the new ART runtime, which is now the default one (ART was available as an alternative runtime in Android 4.4 KitKat).

Having mentioned that Android 5.0 Lollipop is designed to deliver a more consistent experience across different devices, we actually have to clarify that Lollipop is expected to make the multi-device experience a modern and seamless affair, as it'll come with a "continuity" feature of sorts (similarly to iOS 8), which will allow you to "pick up where you left off", as Google puts it, when working with more than one Lollipop device. Usually, this would mean a phone and a tablet, but it's expected that this feature will exhibit a certain degree of implementation with other combinations, too, such as a phone and an Android Wear watch.



Even though Material Design is going to make Android look and feel more consistent across different devices (or at least devices that are running stock Android), Google seems to be aware that ultimate convergence is nothing but a beautiful dream right now. That is why different device types (phones, tablets, watches), will rely on different UI solutions - ones that will try to get the most out of their respective assets. For example, the tablet UI will show more options and content than a phone, making use of the larger screen. Meanwhile, the watch will stay away from displaying too much info, and will focus more on delivering useful notifications to its owner, as seen in the picture just above.

Notifications are also getting a huge revamp in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only will they work better than ever by neatly delivering the info straight to your lockscreen, but they will also give you some more flexibility to work with, as they will now let you reply straight from the lockscreen, as well as filter out some unwanted sources of notifications.

But, as you may guess, these are far from all of the new additions coming with Lollipop. One of the other notable ones is the new battery saver mode. While it doesn't seem to be something like Samsung's extreme Ultra Power Saving Mode, which disables most of the smartphone's functions, Android 5.0 Lollipop's power saving mode will aim to squeeze out up to 90 additional minutes of usage time. The power management aspect of the operating system will also benefit from some new data that's going to be accessible from the battery settings screen. Namely, users will be able to see how much time the battery has left at their current battery level, as well as how much time is left before the device is fully charged, while connected to a charger.

A new guest user mode that's making a debut in Android 5.0 Lollipop has the purpose of letting you safely share your Android phone or tablet with another user. Naturally, the idea here is to prevent that other user from seeing all of your private content. Be sure to use this one before handing the phone over to a friend - you probably don't want to accidentally leak all those nude selfies...

Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available out-of-the-box on the Nexus 6 and 9, and will soon arrive as a free update to the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10, Google Play Edition devices, all versions of the Moto X and Moto G, as well as the decidedly low-cost Moto E. Of course, there will also be other phones and tablets updated to Android 5 in the following months, but any time frames are yet to be announced by manufacturers.

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26 Comments

1. tincholioi

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 04, 2014

HELL YEAH! Release the OTA update to Moto G now!!

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I am excited for this. When will this be available for nexus5? Btw, there is this google "player". Its like apple tv with gaming console.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

will love to see on note 4

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Biggest update to Android in history. Bring it on.

3. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Lollipop..yummy!

5. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

So the New Version of Android is 5.0 and will be called Lolipop I was hoping for Lemonade but oh well I'm waiting to test the new Lolipop on my OnePlus one Can't wait :D

6. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Ready for commercial with The Chordettes song.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Thanks for that, can't get that song out of my head now

8. Akkilidor

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Nexus 6 $649. Holy smokes...

9. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Google Nexus 6, 9 and Nexus player:http://www.google.com/nexus/

10. bendgate unregistered

Can't wait to use it.

11. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

where is your source??? hahaha jk.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Lollipop ran out of the casting room and said with excitement: "I got this role, guys. I got this role!"

13. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Nexus 6 184gms

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dat price of nexus though, I hope the camera and battery are on par with others...

16. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Best mobile OS

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

In your opinion.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You jelly? Now don't bring the flat UI copy BS, you didn't complain when MS copy/pasted the whole Android 4.0 changelog in WP8.1 lol.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No stating a simple fact. I know IMO is a thing android users cant comprehend, well some that is. I could go on about it all day, but its mute. Just waiting for that Note 4 to arrive so I can play. (yes despite being a wp fan, I actually do buy android and ios devices mainly for work purposes but so I can actually say and use them on a weekly basis.)

18. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Nexus 4 Android 5 Lollipop!!! Can I have an Amen!

19. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Sorry, but beyond the looks, what 's New in Lopipop vs Kitkat? Wich kind of improvements is the new version bringing?

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lolwut? Read the changelog man, a whole new runtime, even more advanced notification system, and a lot more.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but are you so lazy to not even read the article that you're commenting on???

22. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

DuDe... Ha Hah... Just got my Moto X work Phone Yesterday!

23. Rocket

Posts: 636; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Lollipop sounds gay lol

24. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What are you supposed to be, a macho man?

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