Android 5 Lollipop (Free Download) – What You Need To Know
Google announced the latest update to the Android OS on October 16.
Continuing the trend of sugar sweet names, the new 5.0 version is called Lollipop. The new OS brings many changes and some of the experts have already proclaimed the biggest upgrade to the Android operating system yet. At the beginning, only Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 (and some of the older devices such as Nexus 4, 5 7 and 10) are going to get the update. The update is free of charge and will be available via Google Play. We present you every change and everything else you need to know about the new OS.
Will Your Phone Get the Update?
Let’s go manufacturer by manufacturer. First, the new update might come to other handsets besides Google’s own approximately around New Year or January (the general rule of thumb is 90 days after the initial release). For example, HTC expressed their plans to roll out with the update, its HTC One M8 and M7 first. But, you can also expect the update if you own a HTC One Mini 2, HTC One Max and HTC Desire Eye. Samsung is expected to bring the update first to the Galaxy Note 4, Alpha, S5, Note3, and Note Edge. Some of the older devices, such as the S4, S4 Mini and S5 mini also might get Lollipop. Sony published the full list of handsets that are destined to get the new Android 5.0 version. But let’s put it shortly, all of the devices in Xperia Z line will get it. Besides the LG G3, the only other devices from LG that might get the new version quickly are the LG G2 and the LG G2 Mini. OnePlus One is also expected to get the update to the new version, which would be a CyanogenMod, based on the Android Lollipop version.
The New Design
Google has completely changed the way the new OS looks. The company incorporates the Material Design, which is a flat design. The trick is to make every animation and shadow look real. Expect shadow gradients, 3D tiles and much more in the design of the new OS. The main idea is to bring consistency to applications, no matter from which device you use the application (smartphone, tablet or any other device). Animations can connect to one another and Google has also refined the buttons for back, home and multi tasking. The end result should be a clean, intuitive operating system. The new design of Android includes 5000 new APIs. Developers have been working on beta tests for quite some time by now. Another tweak is that voice will be an important factor in the new OS.
New Way of Displaying Notifications
Google has decided to lower the notification clutter and display only relevant information regarding applications. Since Android has always been customizable, you can set up notifications for every application in your system. You can choose what to display and what to ignore. The lock screen is also changed, and a simple swipe opens up your phone. Notifications are merged with the lock screen, displaying everything once you pick up the handset. Two other changes in the notifications department are that the OS learns from you and notifications flow at the top of the screen. The OS adjusts to the way you interact with applications and marks some as priority. The following can be explained simply: when you play a game and you get a call, the notification pops up on the top of the screen, not on the whole screen as it used to be.
Right out of the box, your phone gets Battery saver mode, a feature that provides another 90 minutes of usage. Google has also opened the battery use for developers, in order for them to find the sources of battery draining more easily.
Support for TV
The new feature, Android TV is the latest installment in the Android 5.0 version. With just a few clicks, you can stream games, films and shows on your big screen from your device and get back to the main display with a single click on the home button.