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Oct 15, 2014

Android 5.0 Is Lollipop, Brings Material Design to Phones, Tablets and TVs

As expected, Google announced its new version of Android, along with Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus Player set-up box.

With more than 5,000 new APIs for developers, Android 5.0 Lollipop is Google's most ambitious release since the mobile platform made its debut back in 2008. The most popular mobile operating system to date, Android is now focusing on flexibility and personalization options. Even though it's considered by many the most customizable mobile platform, Android 5.0 Lollipop focuses on convergence. Once again, Google is trying to bring on the market a product that could be used on multiple devices of different category, such as phones, tablets and TVs. Lollipop has been especially designed to offer users the possibility to pick up where they 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.”

The focus of Android 5.0 is on smoother transition from one screen to another, so users can experience the same feel on either devices mentioned earlier. In this regard, Google has created a consistent design across all compatible devices, which is called Material Design. This will allow for smoother transitions between tasks and more intuitive ways to interact with your devices. More control over devices is another improvement Google has added into Lollipop, which allows users to adjust their settings so that only certain people and notifications get through. Moreover, you will be able to see an important notification directly on the lockscreen.

Surprisingly, Nexus 4 qualifies for an Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings lots of new features and improvements, including a new battery saver that should extend battery life by up to 90 minutes. Google also added a guest user mode and enabled multiple user accounts, so personal data will remain private between users. Several security features have been included as well, such as the option to secure a device with a PIN, password, pattern, or even by pairing it to a trusted device like a watch or car with Smart Lock. The good news is Google confirmed Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available on Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, as well as Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. All Google Play edition devices will receive the new version of the OS as an update “in the coming weeks.” The only devices that have been confirmed to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box are Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.

Android 5.0 Lollipop
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