Having been available at developer.android.com since June 26th, the Software Development Kit for this new OS will comprise of over 5,000 APIs and it is set to be compatible not just with mobile but also with televisions, cars and wearable’s too. The focus was to make the user experience as seamless as possible.
Naturally, the question on most people’s minds is when they can get Android Lollipop on their phone. Well, some folks on contracts may have to wait much longer for the actual release. Developers using the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 are in luck, as the SDK for Android Lollipop was made available to them starting this summer.
So, what are some of the main changes?
The new Android Material Design extends from mobile, guaranteeing compatibility with the tablet, television, watch and the car too. This new interface is a movement away from the old interface as it literally brings to life every slight shadow, animation and ripple. This is a daring move for Google given that most of its competitors have not been too keen on such technology.
Most importantly, developers will be able to incorporate an intuitive feel into their own apps. The idea behind making the interface more intuitive is to ensure that the Android OS works consistently across different devices.
Improved Battery Life
Project Volta ensures that mobile devices operating on the Android Lollipop platform are able to preserve their battery life for much longer. In particular, Project Volta allows the developer to analyze a phone’s battery use and how this could be hindering user experience. This in turn helps to find solutions that will lessen power leakage.
The Battery Saver mode is set on default, allowing the user to boost battery life by up to 90 minutes. Although this power saving mechanism is incomparable to HTC and Samsung’s power saving, it is still an improvement in the right direction.
Android Lollipop is bringing a helpful change to the notifications function, allowing only relevant information about your phone usage to be displayed. The lock screen and notification panel will be merged so the user can continue with other activities such as playing a game, when the phone rings.
As you play a game, notifications of a message or an incoming phone call will be displayed at the top of the screen, giving the option of picking up the call. More importantly, notifications will be prioritized according to how you interact with the phone.
Update: Google has apparently managed to fix a battery draining bug
Android TV is thrown into mix
In addition to Android Wear and Android Auto, the new platform will support TV. Android TV makes all forms of entertainment including TV shows, films and games available on your screen. The feature comes with a home button that takes you back to the main display.
Interestingly, voice search is integrated so users can search for TV shows, films and games on the phone. There is an option to view Android TV on Google Play or with other suitable apps installed on the phone.
For gamers, it is now possible to play your favourite games on the big screen. Android Lollipop platform for TV allows gamers to play multi-player games as well.
It is still unclear when Android Lollipop will be released to the rest of the world. But one thing is clear: big opportunities await developers and Android device users alike.