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Android Lollipop

Android Lollipop 




At Google I/O 2014, the search giant lifted the lid on the version 5.0 of its Android operating system: at that stage known simply as Android L. 

After so many rumours of Android Liquorice, Android Laddu and Android Lemon Meringue Pie, Google has now revealed it and settled on Android Lollipop. It'll be launching on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices before making its way out to the rest of the Android manufacturers.

In a welcome turn of events, Google made Android L available for download right after the Google I/O event. But there is a catch. The "Developer version" of Android L isn't the finished product, and is primarily intended as a way of giving developers time to adjust to the new changes and retool their current apps, so that when Android L does go public, everything works as planned.
Still, that hasn't stopped us downloading and installing Android Lollipop on our trusty Nexus 5 in order to deliver this hands-on preview, covering some of the significant additions, as well as some of the less-welcome drawbacks.

Android Lollipop: New Soft keys
It may be more of a cosmetic change than a functional one, but Google has ditched the traditional look of the Android soft keys at the bottom of the screen and has adopted something rather more stylish.

 

NEW LOOK OF PLAY STORE 
Even it is conman update in Jellybean and Kit-Kat as well


Android Lollipop: Notifications
This is perhaps the biggest area of change in Android Lollipop. Notifications have undergone a complete overhaul, and now look a lot like Google Now's card-based system. Notifications are displayed directly on the lock screen, and tapping a card allows you to unlock the device and jump straight to that area. You can even expand cards to see more details, such as a list of emails, with the phone still in its locked state (If you don't like the idea of people being able to snoop on your personal messages then you can enable a feature which locks away the detailed info).




It's a very clever move by Google, and one that brings you even closer to the content you need on your handset. Even if you have a security lock in place, the fact that you can tap the notification you wish to see, unlock the phone and then leap straight into the relevant information makes the whole process seem a lot smoother. You can also swipe away and dismiss notifications without actually unlocking your device.
When the phone is unlocked, notifications can be displayed by sliding a finger down from the top of the screen. Rather than showing the data in a slide-down panel, as was the case in previous versions of Android, a series of cards flow over the top of your current view, which can be seen behind the cards at all times. This "flowing" cascade of cards is set to be one of Android L's most striking visual changes. As before though, the slide-down notifications panel has two stages: your finger swipe shows notifications, while a second swipe pulls down the quick settings menu.
While Google is giving notifications a face-lift, it's also making them less obtrusive. If your phone is unlocked and you're involved in another activity, such as browsing emails or playing a game, the call details appear at the top of the display. You can accept or reject the call without having to pause what you're currently doing. Another welcome addition is the Do Not Disturb function, which you can quickly enable to stop you being bugged by your phone.
But what Google giveth, Google taketh away. Lock-screen widgets have been removed entirely, so if you're a fan of browsing your emails without unlocking your phone, then you might be disappointed.



WIDGETS AND HOME SCREEN 
Widgets is as usually same as in KitKat version and the home screen editing is as usually that we had seen in the Android 4.4 




 Android Lollipop: Design changes 


While Android L comes with a new "People" app and phone dialler, both of which confirm to the new "Material Design" ethos unveiled at Google I/O 2014, much of the OS looks the same, largely because Google will be rolling out updates to core apps when the update officially goes live.
That means apps like Google Music, Google Mail and your Photos app all look exactly the same as before, because they are the same as before; the "Material" versions of these apps won't be available until release.
With this in mind, it's easy to see why some people could mistake the developer version of Android L with KitKat. Aside from the slightly different font, those new soft keys and a redesigned Settings menu, much remains the same. Still, what is here is very impressive; the new dialler is an attractive mix of colour and boasts new animation which makes it seem a lot slicker than before. 



 USER AND GUEST SWITCHING IN NOTIFICATION BAR



Google’s Android software has long facilitated multiple user support, allowing groups of people to share one device but keep their own settings, wallpapers, documents and general content under one profile. The major limitation in the system so far, however, is that multi-user functionality has been a perk preserved for tablets only, but with Android 5.0 Lollipop, phones are finally joining the party. Here, we catch a glimpse of the feature in action, as well as the setup process involved in adding a new user.








Although there has remained a faction of the Android community puzzled by the Big G’s decision to overlook smartphones with its multiple-user infrastructure, the counter argument also makes quite a bit of sense. After all, while folks often share Galaxy Tabs and iPads, smartphones are more personal devices used only by the individual. With that said, though, there’s no doubt that thousands, if not millions will take advantage of this feature once Android Lollipop hits a large portion of end users very soon, and if you’re looking forward to giving it a whirl, the screen grabs currently floating around the blogosphere will almost certainly pique your interest.

From here the users can switch to either to guest or user mode which makes the security point of view more secured.Now you can give your mobile to your friends by switching into guest mode which hides your personal content from them and they are provided with the capability of accessing the other features like gaming browsing so on. 

Now we can switch between the accounts.We can add accounts and switch between them which is a new and a good feature coming to us from android lollipop.



Android Lollipop: Battery 

  Android L brings with it Project Volta, Google's attempt at giving developers more visibility on what aspects of their apps are draining the most juice. While it's early days here, the majority of the apps we tested had not been configured to make use of Volta, it's a solid move by the Big G, as it gives you a more accurate indication of how long your phone is going to last and what apps are sucking up most power




To help improve battery life, battery saver reduces your device's performance and limits vibration and most background data. Email, messaging and other apps that rely on syncing may not update unless you open them.


Another nice touch is that when you're charging your phone, you're told how long it will take for the battery to be fully topped up. While we've perhaps not spent enough time with Android Lollipop to get a complete picture, it did seem to give our Nexus 5 more stamina than KitKat. 


Android Lollipop: Release Date


Android Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 when each launches in November. Next up after that will be the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Google Play Edition devices

click the below links for other manufacturers who promised to release the update for their devices


and no other manufacturers have shared the exact date of when it’ll be coming to handsets. Keep checking back here and we’ll collect all the latest information up into an easy to use guide.