Since the release of 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the first real enhancement is the Android 5.0 Lollipop, which offers significant design and platform changes while maintaining much of the original Android integrity.
When can Samsung Galaxy S4 Users Get Lollipop
Samsung announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be available for users of the Galaxy S4 in 2015 although some of the key changes are provided below. Reportedly, beyond all the promised features, the S4’s TouchWiz UX will also be replaced similar to the latest edition of its successor.
To provide users of the S4 more information on the tremendous gains, an exclusive comparison of the device running on two versions of Android 4.4.2 and 5.0 is available through SamMobile. While there are some similarities specific to the home screen, the biggest change to affect Samsung this year is the redesigned UI.
What is the Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Google unveiled the Android 5.0 Lollipop on June 25, 2014 and released it as an over-the-air update on November 12, 2014 as the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. However, Lollipop was developed for only select devices, those that run distributions on Android serviced by Google to include Google Play edition and Nexus devices.
What are the Key Changes of Lollipop?
The list of changes is actually quite impressive, with the most prominent listed below:
- Material Design – Probably the most significant change is the redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language. With this, virtually everything specific to how Android looks is different. Although material design is evident on all mobile devices, it is most apparent on devices manufactured by Nexus. Of the various layout changes, Calendar and Gmail are most profound.
- Notifications – The notification system on the Android 5.0 Lollipop is yet another change whereby users can access notifications from the lock screen but also display them within other applications in the form of banners. Two of the best features of this change include priority mode and heads-up.
- Platform – The Dalvik platform was officially replaced with the Android Runtime, thereby improving overall application performance
- Multitasking – Similar to what users see when browsing open tabs on Chrome’s Android, the new multitasking feature in Lollipop makes it possible to scroll through the stack in order to switch between applications quickly and efficiently
- Device Sharing – Just as multi-user profiles can be used on tablets thanks to Android Jelly Bean, mobile devices benefit too. With device sharing there is control over different profiles and what applications and settings can be accessed.
- Quick Settings – More of a makeover than an actual change, Quick Settings boasts sliding animation for easy swiping
- Battery Saving – Another internal change was were made not just to improve but actually optimize battery usage
- Security – Something else helpful for Galaxy S4 users to look forward to is that on the Android 5.0 Lollipop, security has been enhanced with Smart Lock. Using any compatible Bluetooth device, this security feature allows the phone to be automatically unlocked when near a Bluetooth or by tapping on the NFC tag. However, when at a further range, the device is again locked using the PIN, password, or pattern lock.
Once available, users of the Galaxy S4 will also enjoy a variety of special updates as well to include “OK, Google” voice command, faster setup process, better multimedia performance, print preview, professional photography, enhanced Wi-Fi connection, improved network handoffs, more powerful and efficient scanning protocol, and even support for 68 languages, plus more.