Android 5.1 Lollipop may evolve Material Design further, among other changes. Videos inside

Android 5.1 Lollipop may evolve Material Design further, among other changes. Videos inside
So, while Android 5.1 is not officially announced yet, it became clear, over the past couple of weeks, that the update is live on Android One devices in Indonesia and entry level handsets in the Philippines. Some rumors state that the new version will be rolled out some time in March, though, Google is still keeping mum about changelogs or roll-out dates. What is being assumed by speculators around the world, however, is that the update may bring a few more fixes than just a tweak here or there, due to its numbering – instead of going from 5.0.2 to 5.0.3, the new update makes a slightly bigger jump to 5.1.

Now, some screenshots and videos have leaked, showing some new functionality and eye candy. For one – we now see that, in Android 5.1, users will have the ability to switch to different Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections right from the notification area – there are small arrows present under the icons of each connectivity option – pressing one will present a list of available connections to switch to.

Secondly, we have been treated to a video presentation of the new Clock app in 5.1 Lollipop. It shows that the tabs for Alarm, World clock, Stopwatch, and Timer, will flip in a nifty little animation, when the user selects them. While not a big deal, it may suggest that Material Design – Google's new UI ideology, which aims to turn everything flat, and guide the user with intricate use of shadows and animations – may be getting a graphical refinement, for some more visual feedback of users' actions.

Check out the screenshots and videos below!


Source: Android Police (1, 2)

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40 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google needs to forget the material design bs and focus on actually making lollipop work.

4. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why don't we have both?

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

36. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

um, yes please. lol Material design is definitley one of my favorite things about lollipop.. form & function please. this is why i went google. :p

5. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yeah.. They should really forget that part.. They should really focus to develop a gay fish design with parallax effect. /S BTW, FYI? IOS8 have more bugs when it was released compare to Lollipop.

12. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Actually not just when it was released. Lolipop still has less bugs and crashes than iOS right now: www.androidauthority.com/android-lollipop-experiences-less-app-crashes-than-ios-8-587210/

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can confirm Apps on my iPad Mini 2 with iOS 8 crash far more often than my Nexus 5 with Lollipop or my brother's Moto G 1st gen with Lollipop But I'll also say apps crash more often on my Nexus 5 than my brothers' Moto G 1st gen Moto did a great job with their Lollipop update, fixed many bugs, including the only major bug (the memory leak)

37. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i think it's gotten to the point where people will complain about things without even knowing if they're an issue or not... because all these facts and this research, and these articles saying lollipop is a surprisingly stable really well executed update don't mean anything when the customer wants to complain. customers' always right...right? /sigh

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This bs did win an award and Lollipop does work. You better focus on your favorite OS

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Trolls such as mxy don't retain any negative Apple related news such as how iOS 8 is more buggy and crash ridden than Lollipop. They have a strict gospel of BS marketing points to follow and that's it.

13. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Don't you guys know that Apple is the true tech communist bully? Their OS is quite restricted, many people in the Apple community are brainwashed, and mxy is no exception. Yes, there are open-minded people in the Apple community, but many of them are brainwashed and close-minded. They will praise and defend Apple no matter what. Kinda reminds me of North Korea though.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is coming from a Sony fan. Sony has a terrible UI with the worst update schedule.

22. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yes, I am a Sony fan. So what? At least I'm not brainwashed like you. I prefer a mature UI than a gay colorful UI anyday.

38. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i do agree lol i love the material design but prefer a monochrome color scheme.. what i use right now is cm12 with 'nicholas' dark theme' and it's skinned everything to be black/gray/white... it's the best of everything to me :) although i did hardcore crave the Sony Xperia z3c when it was first announced... the main thing that held me back though was the lack of any decent case :/

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Funny I've noticed more crashes on my gf's Nexus 6 than I have on my iPhone. I've noticed hardly any crashes on iOS except with Facebook but that's another story.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, of course you'll notice them more on a Nexus 6. You'll notice them more on anything other than an iProduct. It is the base description of a fanboy such as yourself. You view iProducts with rose colored goggles while desperately trying to find flaws in every other product even in the face of facts and overwhelming objective evidence.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Does work? You sure fooled me Rebel.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

3 devices running Lollipop, works like a charm. Sister has a S5 with lollipop, runs like a charm

14. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Liked. All Lollipop animations don't look so good and eat up time for nothing.

33. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Same for iOS 8 with its zooming app, parallax effect, and overused transparency with blurred backgrounds. Also, you can disable animations in Developer Options.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should have known making a point about android would be a waste of time based on the responses above.

27. nicnaknic

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Check out TechnoBuffalos video they recently posted about why Jon switched from his iPad to the nexus 9. That completely ruins ur argument. He's not the only one who has these problems. The latest version of iOS rly only runs smoothly on the latest iOS devices, the minute you leave that you run into a world of problems. For most people at least. Even updated Apple products have issues with iOS 8 which baffles me. I have a One plus one, originally on android 4.4.4 when purchased, now I run android 5.1 based on a nodded ROM... Hell this isn't even stock system files here and it runs smoother than iOS runs on apple devices... My device is over clocked, nodded, rooted and tampered with in every way and its more stable... Honestly iOS 8 has so many issues and bugs to fish, Android L has its problems, but they don't completely ruin the UX

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can confirm as well Apps on my iPad Mini 2 with iOS 8 crash far more often than my Nexus 5 with Lollipop or my brother's Moto G 1st gen with Lollipop But I'll also say apps crash more often on my Nexus 5 than my brothers' Moto G 1st gen Moto did a great job with their Lollipop update, fixed many bugs, including the only major bug (the memory leak)

2. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I couldn't agree more.

3. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

material design is overated.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nope. It is a unifying design language used in Android to make the whole Android ecosystem look identical. Like the modern/metro UI in WP.

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Material design keeps becoming clean flat minimalistic like Metro UI but is hard for Google not to do so especially when Apple has hoped on the train. I think the ones most influencing these platforms though are the developers, I remember when WP iOS, Android apps looked all different now they are identical in many cases. The OS can't look to different from the apps. Skeuomorphism is dead Flat is in. Flat UI and Live Tiles are the only reason I always enjoy Windows phone over the rest.

31. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What? Material Design is to emulate paper Skeuomorphism is to emulate real life things Therefore Material Design is skeuomorphism You are right that Material Design is supposed to clean, but not flat minimalistic There's a y axis, so it can't be flat And there are many animations/transitions, thats not minimalistic

39. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i think you're reading too much into the theory of the words. it is thin and flat. there IS a y axis but only just enough to draw attention to the 'clean flat' feel. there ARE many animations/transitions but those within themselves are minimalistic as far as transitions go. so yes. the ui is minimalistic in the way the transitions are subtle, i'm sure many users hardly notice them at all. and lets face it. not a whole lot of people want zero transition. and if you DID want it, any 3rd party launcher can provide you that service. i DO see where you're coming from but your explination here is over examining. can't see the forest for the trees as it were.

23. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

You know what one of the best parts of android is? YOU CAN CHANGE THE UI. If you don't like material, just get a different ui.

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