Android M vs Android Lollipop: A visual comparison


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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