Google has just announced the new version of Android, confirming the next version of Android will be version 5.0 and will be named Lollipop.
Android Lollipop features a redesigned user interface referred to as Material Design, along with improvements to the lock screen and notification menu. The update also delivers improved battery life and performance.
Google says that Lollipop is, “made for a world where moving throughout the day means interacting with a bunch of different screens—from phones and tablets to TVs. With more devices connecting together, your expectation is that things just work.”
Part of the Android L redesign is a new lock screen which will show you notifications. Also, Android Lollipop brings a Google Now card style layout. The open apps flow on a sort of carousel and can be swiped off to either side to close them as before.
As per Google, battery life on devices running Lollipop will be extended up to 90 minutes when using the battery saver feature.
On security feature, aside from kill switch that makes a stolen Android device worthless to thieves, there is a heavy encryption tool working on when your device is locked and it will be secure. All new devices come with encryption automatically turned. If your device is lost or stolen, data will remain safe from prying eyes.
Android 5.0 also brings about the new ART (Android RunTime) to replace Dalvik. This will bring better response and up to 4x performance improvements. ART also allows for a smoother UI and ‘visually rich’ applications.
Double tap to wake feature is also included, you will be able to wake your device by simply picking it up or double tapping the screen. There’s also ‘Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage, and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality’.
There’s a lot more, Google has a new page with Android 5.0 Lollipop’s full feature list. Check it out for more information about what Android Lollipop.
Now the big question, when is my phone getting the Android Lollipop update?
Google announced that the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop in “the coming weeks.” The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be available in early November. As for other manufacturers, we will wait for official confirmations on their individual Android Lollipop update schedules, and will post any news as soon as we have them.