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

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.

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



1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

now that is nice not the ugly ios8

7. steedsofwar unregistered

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

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.

25. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

34. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

26. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

LOLDroid would've been awesome.. :)

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

36. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

It really is. I love what Android is doing

2. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

9. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

you haven't seen any thing yet and you

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

3. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014


11. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

of course, WP is basically the king of flat UI

17. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

for the most part , and also "the king" of squares and rectangles...

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Flatter than it looks.

5. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Why is every thing is floating?

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

13. NationGuettaTR

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

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

14. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

16. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Now this is a redesign apple take note..

18. serendipityfierce

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

It has the same theme with Android wear ^_^

19. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

24. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

35. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

20. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Google has somehow managed to make Android even uglier

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


23. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 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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