Android 5.0 features a bright and bold new design, which supports 3D graphics as good as desktop computer. It is a cleaner design with increased use of grid based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows. It is refreshed notification system where individual notifications are now displayed on cards to adhere to the material design language. Batches of notifications can be grouped by the app that produced them.
Lollipop contains major new platform features for developers, with over 5,000 API’s added for use by applications, which runs on a new run time environment called Android Run Time (ART). ART is a cross platform run time which supports X86, ARM and MIPS architectures in both 32 and 64 bit environments. ART complies apps upon installation, which are then run exclusively from the complied version from then on. This technique removes the processing overhead associated with JIT process, which in turn improves system performance.
1. Pick up where you left off :
Lollipop lets you pick up where you left off, may be the songs, photos, apps and even recent searches from one of your android devices which can be accessed across devices.
2. Multiple Device Compatibility:
Lollipop will support devices with different sizes including wearable such as smart watches, TV’s and Cars. It is designed to be flexible, so that it can work all your devices and customized to your needs.
3. Material Design:
Lollipop uses material design interface across devices it runs on. Elements can dynamically shrink and expand, there is more white space between elements which gives 3D appearance overall. Google claims that the new design is intuitive and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
4. Updated Camera:
Lollipop has professional features to control settings for the sensor, lens and flash per individual frame. Picture can be shot in full resolution around 30fps, and you take pictures in raw formats likes YUV and Bayer RAW. It supports UHD 4K playback.
5. Battery settings:
It is easier to manage power usage in the new Lollipop. New OS adds a feature which gives the estimated time left before you need to charge and, when it is charging, it tells you approximate time it will need to charge before its ready to go. The new battery saver feature that extends the life of your device up to 90 minutes, if you are far from a charging point.
6. Improved Security:
You can share your device securely to a guest user mode, where you can create multiple user accounts to enable friends to log in on your device. No one will be able to access your private files. Google has enforced the SELinux security module for all apps to give better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
7. Updated notifications screen :
You can now view and respond to messages directly from your lock screen, or hide notifications for sensitive content. You can also choose to avoid calls from interrupting the game you are playing or the movie you are watching.
8. New Quick Settings :
The updated Quick Settings on the notification screen has several handy controls such as flashlight, WIFI hotspot and screen rotation and cast screen controls.
9. Smoother experience :
Lollipop uses Android Run Time (ART), which improves app performance, battery life and responsiveness. New OS improves Android’s performance by four times. It also supports 64 bit chips now.
10. Tap and Go:
Tap and Go for NFC devices lets you set up your new Android phone or tablet instantly by simply tapping it to your old one. Whenever you get your new phone or tablet, you can sync up your apps on new Android phone from Google Play from your old android devices.
Overall, Lollipop will provide a smoother user experience, more usable apps and services and help you to manage bloat ware.