Well, everything about the new android OS was already announced by Sunder Pichai in this year’s Google I/O. Nomenclature was a mystery, and finally, your childhood (and adulthood) favourite, “Lollipop” it is.

In terms of Google,

Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.

So what’s new in Lollipop ? Well, the most obvious change is the shift to Material design. Google announced the same in its I/O this year, and we can finally see it for ourselves.

Apart from the shift to Material design, here is a brief of all the changes, which Lollipop has to offer :

  • Availability of over 5000 APIs, thus making it the biggest Android release ever
  • A new notifications system, which lets you set as to when to get notified. For example, when you’re out to dinner or in the middle of an important meeting.
  • Notifications can now be viewed directly on the lockscreen ( Apple-ish ? )
  • New battery saver mode, allowing upto 90 minutes (that, if true, is incredibly awesome !) of extended battery life.
  • Secure your device with a PIN (have to say it again, Apple-ish ? ), password, pattern, or even by pairing your phone to a trusted device like your watch or car with Smart Lock.

The new Android is currently available only in the recently launched Nexus devices. You can know more about Android L from here.


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