Android M vs Android Lollipop: A visual comparison
posted by Chris P. / Jun 02, 2015, 3:37 AM
A little less than a year after Android Lollipop was announced at I/O 2014, Google took to the stage just five days ago and made its successor, Android M, official. Mind you, like before, we're talking about nothing more than a developer preview — hence the M name — and we're told to expect three updates to the build within that window.
In short, technically speaking, none of the features you see in Android M right now are certain to stay. That means Android Pay may go, Now on Tap may be reverted, and even the new app permissions system might get scrapped. Of course, the far more likely scenario is that most of what we have already will be a part of Android M's commercial release, save for a few tweaks and changes. That's precisely why we wanted to take a side-by-side look at M and compare it with the now older Android Lollipop build.
Quite a bit has changed in Android M already, despite it being mostly focused on the user experience. Various settings menus have been tweaked or completely reworked, some apps have benefited from extra functionality, and a few essential interface elements have changed their underlying behavior — like the app drawer and widgets panel. For the most part, we feel Google is making changes for the better, but feel free to see for yourself and disagree.
Android Lollipop always on left; Android M always on right.
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Looks like just an incremental update
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 3:47 AM 5
Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012
"Google Keep. New note creation changed from the Material Design-esque circle to a more standard bar. This change will probably be reverted." Yes, needs to be reverted to the little + sign since it enables fast one handed entry of new items. Keep has gone through major improvements in 2015, integration the mail in the Inbox for Gmail, and is the main reason I'm switching over to Google's ecosystem, rather than Microsoft's. Don't mess it up.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 3:58 AM 1
Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015
It's a nice update. At first it seemed small, but when you get to the nitty gritty and notice the visual clean up, and this amazing battery life now, along with all these lovely animations for extra smoothness, there's a lot of updates going on. I feel like it's just a nice update for everyone, and everyone will benefit a lot from it, even if on paper people think it is small, but actual using feels quite new. It's weird.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 4:12 AM 4
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Will get an iPhone if they will not bring call button on lockscreen, instead of voice search
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 4:36 AM 0
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You search the person/type the number/say who, or what, you want to call into Google Now instead. It works a lot better.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 4:42 AM 6
That's what I do. I cannot remember last time I looked at my contacts list. I use Siri to make calls and send/initiate texts. Adrian, iPhone doesn't have a call button on lockscreen either - the best you can get is: when I pick up my phone I got used to keeping my finger on the fingerprint sensor as I lift up the phone - it unlocks before I see the screen and have my call icon (among others) in the bottom section. Or you can just swipe down anywhere on Any home page to revoke spotlight from which two first letters of a contact will reveal the info and allow to make a call/text instead of opening the contacts list and browsing manually.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 6:56 AM 0
Posts: 21; Member since: May 14, 2014
The button's at the bottom are the least of the Google lockscreen problems in my mind. I want to see lockscreen notifications for messages, missed calls and voicemails. That's all. The only way to achieve that is to turn notifications for everything else off completely. Problem.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 7:52 AM 0
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How you can look to these complicated screens? Thanks Apple to provide us iOS.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 4:44 AM 0
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I think u missed some brain development
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 7:09 AM 2
Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015
Why are you even here then? Get lost. It's like going to a Ferrari site and claiming your Chrysler 200 is better b/c it still gets you from point a to point b.
posted on Jun 02, 2015, 10:42 AM 0
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So instead of actually addressing the critical performance and reliability issues, Google just rearranges the furniture and calls it a release. Sad. At least the new Photo service seems pretty cool.
posted on Jun 05, 2015, 1:25 AM 0
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