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Android Lollipop vs. Android KitKat – What’s Changed?

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Since many Android users are gearing towards the release of the new Android M in the coming few months, drawing up a comparison between Android Lollipop and Android KitKat might seem a little awkward and somehow irrelevant.

However, there are still lots of devices that will still be running on the Android KitKat, which is believed to be one of the best ever Android operating systems. Android Lollipop has been around for about 6 or so months and as of now, not more than 25% of the Android devices run on this new OS. However, this figure has been on a constant rise and as it seems, more and more users will be getting a taste of this platform. Considering that the number of devices running on Android Lollipop is increasing, it means that the OS has started showing some relevance to the users and that Android KitKat is losing some of its users.

So, what has changed in Android 5.x Lollipop from Android 4.x KitKat?

Material design

The first thing that is very noticeable in Android Lollipop is the new material design. This has changed the aesthetics of this OS in general. You will no longer see black menus with white text; instead, there is a new white UI with bold colors that makes things visible in a much better way. Even though this update was not taken in well, it seems the Android community has begun to embrace it.

It is not just about the looks; however, you will also notice that things are interacting very differently in this new OS, thanks to the numerous animations that have been included.

Quick settings

There were also some changes that were made on the pull down menu. In Android KitKat, users only needed to swipe down once in order to reveal the Quick Settings. This has been altered in Android Lollipop, but rather than tap on a button to reveal the Quick Settings after swiping down once, the Lollipop users will only swipe down again from the screen in order to see the toggles. While it may take some time to get used to it, you won’t go back after using it for some time.

Lock screen

Another thing that has changed on Android Lollipop is the lock screen. While the lock screen in Android KitKat was only meant for holding the clock and other widgets that needed a security tweak in order to add them; the new lock screen in Android Lollipop will hold your clock in addition to other notifications. You can easily swipe away these notifications if you don’t want them displayed on the lock screen.

Changes under the hood

The final thing we would like to talk about is the change that Android Lollipop received under the hood. While KitKat was mainly focused on slimming up everything and ensuring that all devices with a RAM of 512MB have no problem running on this operating system. This has continued in Android Lollipop, but now the focus is on performance and battery life. Android Lollipop introduces Jobs Scheduler API that all developers can take advantage of. In addition, this OS comes in with the first release of ART runtime for Android.

There are some Android users who are not really impressed with the new the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS; however, Google has made some enormous improvements in the OS and as it seems, the users are getting along with the new Android 5.1 Lollipop, which runs much smoother.