Google introduces New Android 5.0 Lollipop Verson. Ater months of wated on what dessert would take on the “L” name for Android 5.0, Google has announced it will be called Lollipop.
The latest version of Android has over 5,000 APIs and a new design approach called Material Design that is supposed to create a consistent feel across multiple devices including gadgets running Android Wear and vehicles equipped with Android Auto. The mobile operating system was previewed at Google I/O in June.
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.”
The Material Design element has a more flat design approach with bolder colors and typography. Google also says that the UI is more responsive and intuitive with natural motions and realistic lighting elements including shadows.
Battery life on devices running Lollipop will be extended up to 90 minutes according to Google. A huge win anyone that has to recharge their smartphone multiple times a day.
On the security front, the OS supports a kill switch that makes a stolen Android device worthless unless they know the password to reset it.
Google also has turned on encryption by default which judging by the resent security snafus is a good thing. Plus, multiple accounts are now supported on phones. If you have a kid that likes to use your smartphone to play games, you can now feel confident that they will no longer randomly tweet gibberish from your device.
The first devices running the updated operating system will be the Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones and the Nexus Player set-top box. It’ll land on Google Play devices and Nexus 5, 7 and 10 in the coming weeks.