One of the biggest updates of recent times, Android Lollipop is Google’s latest software creation for its mobile operating system.
But being the most widely used software on the mobile market, Google simply has to up its game with this most recent update. So, what differences are there between Android Lollipop and its predecessor, Android KitKat?
Revamping its user interface for Lollipop, Google has named its new style the ‘Material Design user interface’ and it offers plenty of changes for Android fans.
Giving more tactile surface styles along with bold looks and fluid motions, Material Design might not be the most feature riddled addition, but it sure does look good on Android Lollipop.
Several Google apps also get a new look thanks to the update, with Google Play Music, Chrome and Play Store all included along with the Android default apps like Mail etc.
Overall, the new user interface is a fresh approach from Google and looks much improved over the Android KitKat software platform of old.
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Battery life is always a major issue for smartphone users, and with screens seeming to grow day by day, it’s a struggle to make some handsets last just 24 hours.
Luckily this won’t be the case with Android Lollipop, as it has added Project Volta to its system to aid and monitor battery levels.
Able to extend battery life by 90 minutes, Project Volta gives the user details on how long it will take to charge your phone, and how long it will last from its current energy level.
Essentially, this means that there should be a noticeable difference between Lollipop and KitKat when it comes down to battery life, something which will get smartphone users chirping for sure.
Taking from Apple’s iOS 8 here, Android has decided to offer several notification improvements to Lollipop from KitKat.
Do not disturb mode is the most obvious Apple tail off feature, which allows users to keep their phones quiet during set periods of time, or on an app by app basis.
Also, the lock screen is no longer a barrier from your notifications like it was on KitKat, allowing you to read information right on the screen and even reply without hunting down the notification after unlocking.
Also, if you’re currently using another app, the notification will now be made available to you without making the other app freeze or crash, something which was a slight niggle on KitKat.
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Whilst Android is extremely popular, it’s susceptible to a number of security issues, mainly down to how open its app store is.
Google knows this, and has been working long and hard to make its users safer when online, improving the system’s security with the Lollipop update.
Improved malware defences have been included in the software, whilst geographically based ‘safe zones’ can be set-up by the phone’s user to make it so you don’t have to unlock your phone when in certain locations, like your house or at work.
Also, sensitive information won’t be displayed on lock screen notifications, meaning that if someone glances at your display, they won’t be getting a good look at your phone number or other information.
Android KitKat was always good software to run, regardless of the handset it was on, offering quality, speed and good general performance, and Lollipop has really built on this success.
Google has improved the efficiency and speed of Lollipop, whilst also reducing the likelihood of lag or crashes. Improved handset specs will also have a substantial effect on this performance, but the software also has a major effect on this as well.
Lollipop is also far more power efficient compared to KitKat, meaning that it takes less energy to operate, saving you battery life in the long run. Multi-tasking has also been updated to run smoother than ever, making the software’s performance better than ever!
One final area seeing some improvement on Android Lollipop is its ability to connect with other Android devices to allow for a seamless Google experience.
Android TV is now built into the operating system, rather than being a standard download on KitKat and is offering connectivity with your phone, tablet and even smartwatch, as long as it’s running Android.
App interaction is also improved on Lollipop, something which was touched on with KitKat, and will aim to link apps like Chrome with apps from websites you happen to visit.
Android KitKat was a great piece of kit, but with these additions, Lollipop really does show its quality. The new user interface is a majestic addition, whilst the increased number of practical features and improvements make for a great experience.
Whilst we’ll be sad to see KitKat slowly phased out, it’s certainly a step in the right direction for Google, and will be competing fiercely with iOS 8 over the next 12 months.
Written by Luke Hatfield