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By Romdani. Published on Oct 28, 2014. 0
If you have just bought a phone with an Android KitKat OS, you will definitely be loving the user experience. However, the latest OS from Google, known as Android Lollipop, is the bomb.
It comes with a better interface and other amazing features. Although it is available only on Nexus devices at the moment, Google plans to upgrade it to other brands.
But what new features can you get from the new OS that KitKat lacked? Read on.
One of biggest failings that has dogged all Android OS versions – including KitKat – is lack of unified design language and Google hopes to fix that through the Lollipop. Dubbed as the “Material Design”, the new aesthetic is designed to look flat and 3D. There are clean lines and colors that change with fun animations. The new look and interface extends from simple elements like notification bar icons and navigation buttons to app icons and fonts.
Notifications are one of the best ways we connect with our gadgets, and Google had this in mind when developing the Android Lollipop. The lock screen of the KitKat is just a static barrier that you have to unlock first to get the phone’s functionality. But Lollipop changes this by allowing you to see notifications received as well as what’s going on with your contacts and apps as soon as you pick your device, even without unlocking it – and you can also respond to your messages from the lock screen.
How you see notifications has also changed – now rich, interactive and descriptive notifiers pop up without interrupting what you are doing, so you can read a message or reject a call without quitting that interesting gamer. Although KitKat has some of this functionality, it is half-baked and inconsistent.
Android Lollipop also comes with a “do not disturb” mode, which KitKat lacks. It will prove handy if you want to silence your phone during a specific period or to only let specific notifications come through.
Connectivity and APIs
Android Lollipop enhances connectivity not only between different phones, but also among different types of devices, such as smartwatches, tablets, TVs, smartphones and more. For example, it comes with Android TV, which can help you navigate TVs with smartwatch voice commands, gestures, and more. These devices will talk to each other as much as possible. Lollipop also connects better with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as compared to KitKat. For instance, Lollipop gadgets won’t connect to any Wifi network unless there is an actual connection.
Android Lollipop comes with new security features, like setting “safe zones” where your gadget won’t require a code to unlock. Despite allowing you to interact with your notifications without unlocking your device, Android Lollipop also has new settings that enable you hide sensitive information. It also boasts better protection against malware and vulnerabilities.
Google has also put a lot of effort into making Lollipop run better. Lollipop employs KitKat’s optional runtime ART as the standard, which Google says will make this OS run faster and more efficiently without hiccups. Android Lollipop phones are more power-efficient than KitKat phones. Multitasking has also been enhanced with the ability to open several cards for the same app at a time, allowing you have many documents or websites next to one another.
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