Google finally unveiled the release details of the next major version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop. Android L’s most noticeable change is the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons, new more fluid animations, cleaner design with a bolder color palette, revamped multitasking menu.
With Lollipop it’s easier than ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones. As you switch from one device to another, you should feel the same experience throughout. So Lollipop has a consistent design across various form factors, whether that’s a tablet, smartphone, honme media streamer, or something else—an approach dubbed Material Design.
Lollipop allows you to customize your device so that only certain people and notifications can get through during meetings and other times. And when an important notification appears, you need open up an app to take action on them. So for instance, you’ll be able to delete email messages from your device’s lock screen or from your notifications center now without having to actually open up Gmail to trash them.
Battery Saver mode is integrated by default too, which powers your device for up to 90 mins during the day. Lollipop allows multiple user accounts and guest user mode so that no one will be able to access any of your personal stuff. And you can use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car.
When to get Android L on your phone?
Android 5.0 Lollipop will first be available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, but about for other devices?
Google announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 in the coming weeks. Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will hit stores in November and you can expect the updates to begin rolling around this time.
Google Play Edition
Along with the Nexus family, Google said that Google Play Edition devices will also receive an Android 5.0 update in the coming weeks. Current Google Play Edition devices include the Moto G and HTC One M8, while Google previously offered the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 on the Play store.
HTC had announced earlier that it will be releasing an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, meaning we can expect the update around Christmas, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices.
Samsung has not yet revealed anything about which devices will receive the update, but we can expect most of its 2014 portfolio to be updated and may be the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. The company has yet to announce the plans on when these devices get updated?
Motorola announced that Lollipop will be available to various devices later this year which include both first- and second-generation Moto X and Moto G, along with the Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
LG has not yet disclosed when or which devices will be updated to Android 5.0. We expect LG G3 and G2 Pro, G2 and original G pro, to see an update at some point.
Sony too, has not confirmed its update plans. As with other companies, we can expect to see the update on its current lineup of devices, such as the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 V and Xperia Z3 compact.