Finally Google announced that Android 5 Lollipop will be available soon. The new update of the operating system which at first was to be called Android L, finally takes the lollipop (lollipop in English) and its arrival translates into one of the most important version changes in recent years, perhaps since it arrived Ice Cream Sandwich.
What is lollipop. In this post we will answer the most frequent questions that you can ask yourself about the news of android 5, among which the new interface stands out. Material Design, as well as certain improvements in the notifications from the lock screen or optimizing the consumption of the battery , on the devices that run it.
What is Android 5 Lollipop, news and features of this version of Android
As you know, this new version Android Lollipop was unveiled on June 25, 2014 during the Gooogle I / O Event. The next day its beta version was released on different Google Nexus devices, but until October 15, 2014 it has not officially reached the android world.
It has done so hand in hand with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, devices manufactured by Motorola that will hit the market in November 2014. Lollipop will be available soon on other mobile devices that we will tell you about in a future post.
What is Android Lollipop? – New Material Design interface
Lollipop is version 5 of Android. Without a doubt, this is the main novelty of android lollipop. A screen aspect that adapts to each device as a flat layer appearance, casting shadows on each other, with a very attractive, dynamic and fast visual movement.
In this new design of the operating system, animations and response transitions, filling and different depth effects (achieved thanks to lighting and shadow games) prevail.
In the opinion of its developers, Material Design is the ‘digital paper’: it can be enlarged and resized in an intelligent and automatic way and its physical surfaces also have borders that provide information to the user about what can or cannot be touched at any time.
Better integration on android 5L devices
The new interface will show, thanks to its more than 5,000 new APIs, the most relevant information about the phone and the user applications regardless of its model, its size and technical specifications.
Notifications and lock screen
Another great novelty comes from the hand of how notifications reach the Android device and the way we can interact with them.
Notifications can appear on the lock screen… and even better: they can be responded to from the locked screen area.
We can activate a ‘do not disturb’ mode called ‘Priority’ in which the appearance of certain notifications of the desired programs can be programmed at established times.
Also, it is possible to filter at the system level, from which users we want to receive messages.
Improved energy efficiency
The new energy saving system will allow you to use a device with Lollipop for up to 90 more minutes on average. In this sense, the interface will show the remaining times to load or download our Android device clearly.
This improvement in battery performance in Android L is produced thanks to the fact that Android 5 is integrated internally, programming, in a way that is more compatible with the architecture of the new 64-bit processors that are taking over the mobile and tablet market .
Share device with android 5 Lollipop
A new mode for sharing appears, called ‘guest’ and we will be able to select in more detail what information we want to synchronize with another Lollipop device.
For example, if you forget your device, you can call any of your contacts, or access your messages or photos by logging into any other device under Lollipop. It is an ideal situation for family or friends who want to share the phone, but not their privacy.
Android also comes with 5 improvements in the configuration and activation of WiFi, Bluetooth or GPS.
Nor has Google wanted to forget an improvement in the transmission of sound quality. Using Open GL ES 3.1 and USB microphones, it is possible to use up to 8 audio channels to transmit 5.1 or 7.1 sound.
What’s new in the camera
The camera API also brings many new features. In addition, applications that need to use the information from the camera will be able to use native support for raw formats with YUV or Baer RAW, so that they will have access to a sensor resolution of up to 30 frames per second.
Sensor, lens or flash parameters can also be adjusted in more detail.
Video Android L
Below you can see the video in which we update to android 5 Lollipop and see some of its news and improvements.
And many more news in Android 5 …
Lollipop introduces improvements in accessibility, in the implementation of up to 68 languages, among them Galician and Basque, in the Ok Google or Android TV service … little by little we will show you these news.
What do you think of all these changes? Which one do you think is the most innovative? Now that you know what Lollipop is. You will have already enjoyed a device with this new version, also known as Android 5 or android L. If you want to leave us your point of view, do not hesitate to leave us a comment at the bottom of the page or in our Android Forum.