Android 5.0 Lollipop, Everything you should know about

Posted by Shipra Dubey on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:22:11 GMT

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Everything you should know about

The tech world has seen many rivalries, Windows vs. Mac, VHS vs. Betamax, Steve Ballmer vs. Antiperspirant. These actually have helped shape up the digital world. But that one battle that surpassed each one of these is the IOS versus Android battle. Almost 8 weeks after the launch of ios8 Google gets ready with its android lollipop. Besides being Google's OS for phones and tablets, Android 5.0 will power Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto.

Here is the closer review of the most jarring change from Android known so far.

Google mission of redesigning itself looks very much reaching apotheosis. Google calls the philosophy behind the new look as the “Material Design”. The bold design changes are an attempt to remake every corner of the OS with use of high concept ideas, layers and how those layers react with each other. While Apple was on a mission on getting rid of skeuomorphism, lollipop has more skeuomorphism than ever before. It feels wonderfully intuitive in use and enables even someone using Android for the first time to be quickly and confidently navigating the OS in minutes. Though the Android 5.0 is virtually nothing like the android before but if you have been using android you don’t need to worry about the vast change because the notification shade, home screen for widgets, lock screen, and the app panel are the same. What has been changed is the shades , neon effect , and the tinted glass have been replaced by whites and bright colors.

Another big change is the "priority mode" just like the Do not Disturb on IOS.The notifications have been improved which makes the quick setting panel more logical. It also has a guest mode, so if you have to lend your phone to somebody he could log in to his accounts without disturbing your Google account. Guest Mode is rather clever. Switching to it allows you temporarily create a blank phone for someone to use without any access to your apps or data. Then there is battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 minutes. There is also an improved network selection logic and more powerful Bluetooth low energy capabilities.

android-lollipop-google-office Android Lollipop 5.0

Android 5.0 brings a complete visual overhaul of every app and tons of new features.lie multitasking is easier, voice recognition works everywhere, there is a new camera API with support for RAW images, a system-wide focus on battery life, and a new run time—ART—that replaces the aging Dalvik virtual machine. The initial device setup is easier and supports 2FA which Android 4.4dint had. Also the android kitkat 4.0 dint allowed the third party apps to save and access data from SD card which is now being catered by Android lollipop. The performance all in all gets improved almost 4 times with better media options.

Despite complete revamping lollipop is still not a perfect OS. It gets a lot right but we still have areas for improvement. Though not too many complaints but it seem some features have been rushed or not implanted properly. The new Gmail app with only search and compose button will annoy the power users. The tap and go feature needs more work as it restores your apps in your folder arrangements, but it doesn’t restore third party app settings like iOS.

Google has also made back-end improvements, most of which will be invisible to the end user. They promise better performance and battery life, but it's much too early to say for sure. Android 5.0 is very much a "Dot Oh" update — and that means bugs.

Android has been one of the biggest players in the market capturing both the tech savvy and general users. Thus lets us leave it on the user base to decide the feedback for this new technology. Also people in different parts of the world would obviously react differently towards this change and we need to wait for the how the responses come.

List of phones will get the android 5.0 update


Nexus 4 - November 12th, 2014

Nexus 5 - November 12th, 2014

Nexus 6 - Android Lollipop out of the box

Nexus 7 Nexus 9 - Android Lollipop out of the box


Moto E - Confirmed by Motorola, expected by end of 2014

Moto G - Confirmed by Motorola, expected by end of 2014

Moto G 2nd Gen - Confirmed by Motorola, and expected by end of 2014

Moto X - Confirmed by Motorola, expected and expected by end of 2014


HTC One - Within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code (which happened November 3rd)

HTC One M8 - As above (by February 3rd, 2015) - all things HTC One (M8) Android 5.0 update related

HTC One mini - Promised for update, no hard schedule

HTC One Max - Promised for update, no hard schedule

HTC One M8 GPE - Pending, but likely to be very soon

Other HTC mobile phones expected to get the update include the Butterfly 2, Desire 816 and Desire 820, Desire Eye, One (E8) and possibly the Desire S as well.

Do you know other smart phones getting the Lolipop 5.0 updates or your mobile is getting official notification, let me know?

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