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Android L: All for the love of Lollipop

Hola! There’s Android 5.0 hitting the town this November, supposedly making its way into every droid device! After Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat, Google buddies have come up with yet another dessert name for this latest version. It’s Lollipop, sweet as ever!

What’s the BIG news?

Well, it’s Material Design, baby! A fresh new lingo, it is, turning navigation buttons into squares, triangles and circles, gliding dynamically fast beyond mobile phones into your favorite tablets, phablets, your proudly owned inches of TV, your gizmoid watches and the car that you drive in with an updated Roboto font, making everything you behold on your devices virtually come alive. So while you lick at your lollipop, it’s the droid-world turning more real for you. Now, that really, really is SOMETHING. It’s revolution from evolution!

Features to die for?

The OS is a little 3D-fied. So, it’s number one. Notifications on the lock screen is the next. Surfing the Internet or playing games will be much more convenient now with notifications hanging up as you take a bite of your dessert, making sure of not disturbing your endeavor at the most wrong of times. Multitasking at its best!

And then, there’s device-specific and location-specific unlocking of the screen too. That’s cool. Dalvik’s dead, ART’s default and further, there’s one app saying hello to another! Yes, it’s app interaction. Look for places on Google and Google Earth will come into play – more smartness for Android.

Only great features? What about the way it runs?

Yes, it is responsive too. Remember Material Design? Born to be responsive with codes passing all radars? No sluggishness, no hangs, no freezes. With a layered User Interface, it’s flatter, even more colorful and just right. The default runtime, ART, runs with an ‘Ahead Of Time’ thing, so that it’s the device compiling the elements of an app started, rather than the OS. More reasons to be responsive! Although, iOS 8 can be a bit of a challenge here.

What can go wrong?

The ART eats up a part of the internal storage, making boot time longer. And yes, whenever you’ll be upgrading to Android Lollipop, stay prepared to lose your data. And reports are that tethering doesn’t work on the OS at present and there even are bugs to be fixed. Still and all, it’s a great deal of positivity coming from the droid developers. Time’s changing, really!


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