More Android Lollipop apps leak - screenshots and .apks afloat

More Android Lollipop apps leak - screenshots and .apks afloat
So, while we are waiting for Google's latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, there are probably very few features that inspire as much curiosity as the visual overhaul of the operating system. Google's new "Material Design" promises to take the recent trend of "flattening" various aspects of apps, and apply it to the extreme, creating a fresh visual style that, for some, may require some getting used to, while for others it's the most beautiful idea to date.

A few hours ago, we saw leaked images of what the new Google Play Music will look like (although, according to some, the app in the screenshots does not show full Material Design makeover yet), and now there's Messenger (the new SMS app, replacing Messages), Books, Calendar, Drive, Fit, Gmail, and Keep, added to the "leaked apps" roster.

The .apks have been made available by whoever extracted them, and anyone who feels adventurous enough can sideload them on a Nexus device (most require root), with Android 5.0 Developer Preview. The Messenger app has been reported to work for Nexus 4 on Android 4.4 KitKat (without root), though that's more hit-and-miss, we'd presume.

If you don't have a Nexus device or don't wish to risk breaking something you shouldn't be messing with – feel free to gawk at the screenshots in the gallery below, instead.

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17 Comments

1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I really like the Google's Material Design, l think it's better than Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Metro UI(WP).

2. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Agreed

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, every OSes implementation of a flat ui are great actually. Though it maybe subjective to everyone.

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Exactly, this is new to their eyes , its always like that when a new version is released then you give it time and you really see the OS for what it is. I mean colorful navigation bars are already on Windows Phone also. http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/xlarge/public/field/image/2014/02/Navigation_Bar_WP81.jpg?itok=xsa0O7qL To me Android L just like iOS 7 and some 8 are both Visual updates to ctach up to Windows Phone. I read this somewhere and it actually makes sense when you look at Android and iOS today within the OS its all Tile like and plays heavy on aesthetics the only thing that reminds you of Android and iOS of old is the home screen its still the same skeuomorphism homecsreen Icons. Pretty soon though they'll be playing catch-up by looking Tile like on the homescreen to just like what HTC blinkfeed does by default and Samsung Iconic UI is supposed to be doing. Microsoft set the trend good to see other follow cause regardless of sales Minimalism is awesome.

16. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Probably you forget art and all the major improvements (almost new apps) done on Googles apps (like gmail with multiple accounts, calendar interface, fit, lockscreen notifications and so on). Actually it is a lot to tink about.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No actually i didn't when you change a theme in WP its is reflected throughout various places throughout the OS just like this, also the new Gmail feature is already on WP its called Linked inbox it compiles all you email into one. Many tech editors won't say this either cause they never really used a WP or they know this but are just major Android or iOS fans so they would overlook this, however if WP even borrows something remotely close to what iOS or Android has you will hear about it how its something they had that WP borrowed, its a very one way street which supports the big boys in tech it seems. That's partly why everyone else struggles.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that is probably because it is the newest and therefore, has the longest development time so far. The real bonus isn't the look, its the movements. They really focused on natural meaningful animations. Where as in iOS and even metro, we see random animations to cover for the loading times. The animations on Android can't do that, so now they have focused on making them useful to convey information on information.

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

(Its the movements. They really focused on natural meaningful animations. Where as in iOS and even metro, we see random animations to cover for the loading times). Lol what, man you have never used a Windows Phone. .9+ Windows Phone is full of animations i mean come one, the moment you touch the phone interface the lockscreen bounces up and down,you scroll vertically to access keypad. You hit a Tile the animation is like that of an individual turning the pages of a book, when you get to the page the search menu at the bottom shoots up, something everybody else copied also, you hit the three dot menu the animations its like the menu cascades vertically something that Android L copied, they also made the three dots more circular in this update when it was square in previous update, Windows Phone had it since 2010. To me much of what people are raving about is what WP users have enjoyed for years now. Its like iOS and Android are in a color fusion competition to see who looks better on a lite background, whereas ive had that on my WP for years now with over 20 color themes to choose from. They look like WP on the lite background. Just the fonts are not as nice. Next thing they going to take its Live Tile based homescreen watch for it.

8. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Well to me, every company(Apple, Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry) did a great job on their Minimalistic UI approach on each of their respective OS's, Stock Android are more toward paper and mixed with shadow design, iOS are semi-transparent design, Windows Phone are the most basic flat and boxes design while BlackBerry 10 are just simple flat design. Each of it has theirbown uniqueness and it all depend on the user preferences, Kudos to all of them

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It is just me or seem like everone are start having "health" apps trend these day?

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

S Health, the source

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Well, i can't say it is really useless but so far i haven't use any of it, YET. But it seem now only left BlackBerry haven't join the party yet

9. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

After s-health, everybody uses that

10. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Sup, fool

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I like how the colour of status bar changes according to the app in use..... Will be it limited to stock apps or third party apps too can take advantage of it???? Just curious...it would be very nice if they allowed third party apps to make use of it...

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Third party apps can use it too, it's in the new api's so if devs stick to the right coding, they can use it too :)

12. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

That pic is chris chavez from Phandroid is it not?

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