Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Google Finally Announces Android 5.0 As Lollipop.

We have always known the naming convention for the Android OS, and that next Android Operating System will be a name of a desert starting with an alphabet L.Since Android L was announced at the Google I/O in June 2014, there have been rumors of names like the Lime Meringue Pie, lollipop, just to mention a few.On Wednesday 14 October 2014 Google officially announced that the next iteration of its Android OS will be Android Lollipop.
Google is set to release the lollipop update for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Gooplay edition devices in the coming week, while the nexus 6, Nexus 9, will ship with the newly released version of the OS. For flagship devices like the Samsung S5, HTC One M8, LG G3 and many other high-end devices a date to start rolling out update is not yet known.

What is New In The Lollipop

Material Design.

Talking about what is new in the lollipop, One of the major changes from previous version is the new Material Design code named Quantum Paper.The Material Design allows for a flatter icon and fluid animation which will improve the user experience and give application a more consistent look across various devices . The material design is however, not the only change on the lollipop, the onscreen buttons have been redesigned to a more bolder button for easy navigation and the lock screen have been tweaked a bit to perform more function from the lockscreen.

From left to right-lollipop vs Kit Kat.

Android lollipop Lockscreen

Battery Life

Battery life in Android 5.0 promises to be better compared to previous versions, thanks to the project Volta and the new battery historian app that gives you a clear and detailed information on what as been squeezing out the juice on your device. Google said after analyzing battery life on previous versions, putting the screen on for a second reduces two minutes of stand-by time because, apps want to update and send log files, and as a result kill battery faster.On lollipop Google introduce a new Job Scheduler API that keeps the device asleep for most of the time to later schedule task when device is charging to fix the problem.

Battery Historian App

Support For A 64 Bit Architecture.

Lollipop is the first Android OS to support a 64 bit architecture/Processor .The will make device manufacturers to start rolling out 64 bit hardware to take advantage of this feature . The advantage of utilizing a 64 bit architecture is that the processor can access more chunk of memory and address space at a go, leading to after processing time.

I hope devices manufactures will put all hands on deck to make this update start rolling out as soon as possible.


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