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New Android (5.0 Lollipop?) design images surface: sleeker and with card-based notifications

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New Android (5.0 Lollipop?) design images surface: sleeker and with card-based notifications
Leaked design elements for the upcoming new Android version

Leaked design elements for the upcoming new Android version

Update: The new Android design is now official. Learn all about what Google calls Material Design here.

We've just heard whispers that the next Android version will jump to the number 5.0, and carry the name Lollipop, but now we’re also seeing mockups of what could very likely be the brand new design of Google’s operating system. Note that these are not actual screenshots, but rather mockups of what the Android redesign might look like, based on information from sources in the know sharing their knowledge with Android Police.

The new, so called ‘Quantum Paper’ design is sleeker and takes inspiration from Google Now’s cards, implementing something similar in the notifications tray. Not just that - the whole ‘Quick Settings’ panel is richer in options as well. You can also see how much more functional the quick settings are as you can select a Wi-Fi network to connect to right from the notification dropdown, as well as check your data usage and see Bluetooth-paired devices.

This new design circles around flat icons with the traditional charcoal gray background color contrasting with white fonts, but the new element is the bright red used for toggles that really distinguishes them from the other visuals like buttons.

The card-like interface for notifications, on the other hand, reverses the colors as the background for it is white, while the fonts are in gray and black.

New Android (5.0 Lollipop?) design images surface: sleeker and with card-based notifications
A particularly cool accent in the new notification bar is your Google+ avatar that reminds you that you can quickly jump into your section of the Google cloud. All those often subtle changes together combine for a fairly big difference in the way Android looks, adding a splash of color and a subtle, modern change toward more flatness. As likely as all this seems, until Google unveils its new Android 5.0 Lollipop later today at Google I/O 2014, though, let’s keep a healthy grain of salt for all this.

source: Android Police

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:39 22

1. kkmkk (Posts: 546; Member since: 06 May 2013)

now that is nice not the ugly ios8

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:55 9

7. steedsofwar (unregistered)

Too true. I'm really diggin this design. A bit reminiscent of the G3 color system though.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:58 6

10. steedsofwar (unregistered)

Despite this, I think there really needs to be a comeback of the skeuomorph designs. Flat will get old VERY quickly. Already looking boring. But with skeuomorphic designs, the possibilities are infinite.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:31 3

25. cncrim (Posts: 910; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

True that, the flat is new diffirent now but i see it is boring. Come on people Apple set a trend flat look and you dont to follow them.

Be honestly, I found skeuomorphic look is more like professional people put time in to thier work and flat look is like 2nd kid drawing and it so amature.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:47 1

34. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Apple did not set the flat trend at all. It got mainstream attention with windows phone and windows 8. Android also started getting more minimalistic, followed by custom skins by the manufacturers. Apple was far from setting the trend.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:43

26. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

LOLDroid would've been awesome.. :)

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:44 1

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yes... Android is now getting sexier than it's ever been. I am totally stoked for this new look. Also I am very excited to hear about Android Silver.

This Google I/O will be so freaking awesome.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:10 1

36. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

It really is. I love what Android is doing

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:43 4

2. AndroidStuff (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Sorry Google, i must say kitkat design was way more better :| IMO

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:58 8

9. elroy (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

you haven't seen any thing yet and you conclude....wow

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:03 1

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

The flat look has really grown on me. Looks simple and clean. It's time for a makeover because Apple will be in the game with their larger phones.
I personally want Google Chrome to be built in allowing you to go into desktop mode when connected to a monitor. I want my phone to double as a workstation with a true desktop OS. When disconnected it goes back into mobile mode. Both Microsoft and Apple would be $hitting bricks and I could see Google being the king of the desktop operating systems.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:45 8

3. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:00 12

11. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

of course, WP is basically the king of flat UI

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:18 4

17. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

for the most part ,

and also "the king" of squares and rectangles...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:46

4. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Flatter than it looks.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:48 6

5. EgyDroid (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Why is every thing is floating?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:48 5

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Going flatter and flatter. That's the way to go.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 06:55

8. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I find the inconsistency in the fonts a little jarring. Is that even Roboto one the quick settings page?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:06

13. NationGuettaTR (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

love it but also sad. Samsung will not bring a UI like this...............................

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:09

14. Gulenkov (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 May 2013)

These are only mockups from AndroidPolice - IMO, it has nothing to do with real Android 5.0

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:10

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Damn it cant wait to lick it on my nexus 7. :)

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:17 1

16. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Now this is a redesign apple take note..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:19

18. serendipityfierce (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)

It has the same theme with Android wear ^_^

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:28

19. LoveHater (Posts: 183; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

sorry to heart break ,, 1000% sure no android in today event
No new Android Statue at Building 44 means no new Android

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:13

24. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

The day is still young. And it's the perfect time to announce a new version of Android. I think this is the year Apple gets serious about offering choices in screen size and I see that swaying a lot of Android users over to their camp. You can't take this huge lead for granted. Might be Android's greatest test in many years now. Announcing the update after the iPhone is bad timing. A phone like the Note 4 should have Android 5.0 from the very beginning. That would be a proper battle vs a 5.5" iPhone; can't wait.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 10:03

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Well pretty much every site has confirmed that Pichai will show off Android today, they just wont release it today which may be the reason behind the lack of a statue.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:29 3

20. ImperialDynamics (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)

Google has somehow managed to make Android even uglier

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:34 1

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

This is possible because

1has similarities to android wear 2
2 has similarities with the new Google plus app

Also guys read, this is a render aka something someone made to give us an idea based on information obtained, and on witch they skipped stuff that could reveal the source. So this is not the final look.

But I honestly like what my eyes see

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 07:56

22. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:01

23. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1042; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I must say, Android's UI just doesn't stop getting better looking, a long with the custom UI's of its OEMs.
To think back in 2010 it looked so geeky and dull, and now even Apple cant help but take many of Androids design elements and features, haha!

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