Android 5.0 Lollipop is more than just a pretty face. It’s powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Material Design user interface, which is new with the latest Android version.
Android 5.0 is Google’s “most ambitious release”
One of the most interesting features of Android 5.0 Lollipop is that it only needs 512 megabytes of system memory to run. That means even users of ultra-low end Android devices will be able to enjoy all of the new operating system’s features.
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Google especially emphasized Android 5.0’s flexibility and its ability to work well across multiple platforms. The company also included more than 5,000 new APIs.
Android 5.0 Lollipop offers more customization
The new operating system enables users to set up multiple user profiles on their phone. Also Lollipop lets them move across multiple Android devices, making the experience totally seamless. The feature even works with Google’s Nexus player, which is the first Android TV, which means users could start watching something on their Nexus tablet and then switch it to the Nexus Player or vice versa.
Android 5.0 also allows users to customize various features. For example, there’s more control over lock screen notifications. Users are able to choose which apps send notifications and which contacts will appear on their notifications.
Google has also built in a sort of 3D effect into Lollipop. The Material Design interface has several layers with various effects like shadows and animations, making what’s on the screen look like actual material.
Android 5.0 is coming soon
Android 5.0 Lollipop makes its debut on the Nexus 6 phablet and the Nexus 9 tablet. In addition to showing off the new operating system version, Google also unveiled both new devices today.
It will be rolled out to future Nexus and Google Play devices in the next few weeks. In addition, the new operating system will be pushed out to the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Mini, Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra.