The Android platform has evolved. From its humble beginnings up to one of the biggest mobile phone operating systems, the Android platform is really the most widely used mobile phone operating system.
Today, we are going to talk about its 12th iteration, Android Lollipop. Although it is the 12th version of the operating system, Google wants to call it Android 5.0 or simply just lollipop.
Google is very fond of naming their open-source operating system to sweet confections. Now, Android Lollipop brings with it a lot of great features, most notably the notifications, multi-tasking, and a whole lot more.
Let’s start by talking about the notifications. The notifications area has been revamped in Android Lollipop. After you have upgraded, the notifications will now be placed on the lock screen. This makes it easy for you to look at important notifications such as who texted you, your Facebook notifications, and a whole lot more.
With every Android iteration, the user interface is bound to change. That is very evident with the Android Lollipop. The operating system now sports what Google calls the “Material Design” interface. To put it into words, the interface is now much cleaner and flatter, but it does utilize 3D elements to make applications pop out. It also sports a green and white theme by default.
Since Android Lollipop is an open-source operating system, a lot of app manufacturers have actually incorporated the Material Design interface with their apps as well. Some apps just got incorporated to the Material Design interface really well. In fact, it is evident on some famous apps like Skype and Facebook, for example.
Now that we’ve covered the design aspect, let’s now focus on the performance. Your Mobile phone will now be snappier thanks to the Android Lollipop operating system. The Dalvik Runtime, a runtime code that was prevalent in the previous generation Android OSes, have now been replaced with the ART runtime. Previously, the ART runtime was only enabled on rooted Google mobile phones and tablets. But now, all of the mobile phones and tablets that have Android Lollipop installed will now notice a speedier and snappier performance on their mobile phones.
So, how does the ART runtime make your mobile phone faster? Well, it pre-compiles all the apps before installation so that it will be easier to run afterwards. In fact, Google said that the ART runtime is two times faster than the Dalvik Runtime.
Because of the performance boost, the new Android Lollipop will also have a positive effect on your mobile phone’s battery life. There are also under the hood changes that put emphasis on saving the battery life of your mobile phone.
The new Android Lollipop also now integrates your mobile phone with other wearable Android devices such as the Android Smart Watch. You can have notifications directly sent to your wearable device thanks to the new Android Operating system.
Android Lollipop brings a whole lot of promising features that you should take advantage of. The new Android operating system should now be ubiquitous and if you’re still not on the new operating system, better check the system updates on your Mobile phone to see if it is there.
The Android Lollipop should be available for all major Android mobile phones worldwide.