Hot on the heels of Apple’s iOS 8, Google are almost ready to launch their latest incarnation of the Android mobile operating system, this time around called ‘Lollipop’. Android 5.0 will be a complete overhaul when compared to previous Android systems, with a fresh new look and some innovative features. It’s likely to be out in the next few weeks, sometime during November if we believe the rumors, so here is what we know so far to whet your appetites.
Talking to your phone is taken to a new level with Ok Google. Use the magic words ‘Ok Google’ and your phone will wake from standby mode and you can then read out a text message to send, search your phone and ask for all sort of other things. You’ll need an up to date phone for it to work as certain hardware is necessary, so a great reason to buy the new Nexus 6.
Improved Face Unlock
The face unlock feature has been around for quite a while but it hasn’t worked as well as hoped, often taking too long to bother with and pretty useless in low light. In Lollipop this feature has been dramatically improved. A phone will read a face as soon as it is on, automatically from the lock screen, so after you’ve checked out your notifications is should have already recognized you.
Getting the Most out of Your Camera
Some clever coding tucked away in Android 5.0 means that RAW image files are now supported at an operating system level. What this means is that there is the potential within Lollipop to improve the image quality of images taken by smartphones without changing the hardware in anyway. Saving photos into RAW file format will use up much more memory, but you can then decide how to format or compress them to keep image quality high.
New Look and Design
By far the most noticeable difference that Lollipop brings is visually, the whole interface has a new look and design. Everything feels flatter, colors more vivid and solid. Animations and transitions between screens and features are smoother and more aesthetically pleasing. There are changes all over the place, one example being the multitasking screen changing to ‘Overview’, where cards symbolizing different apps open are stacked upon one another. We’re delighted by the new design of Android 5.0, and we’re sure you will be too.
The Countdown Begins…
We know much about what to expect in the latest Android release, but surely Google have kept a couple of things up their sleeves. Check back in over the following weeks as we’ll have the latest on Android 5.0 Lollipop as soon as it is released.