Google’s latest OS Android 5.0 LolliPop is officially released in the market and some of users are waiting for the update for their phones, but many users are already asking: “What’s the difference between Android 4.4 KitKat vs Android 5.0 Lollipop? In short – the difference is significant. Well, if you’re interested in the details, they are here:
1. Improved notification and a new design philosophy – Material Design
This was expected, and Lollipop brought a change in the visual design of the system and, of course, applications. This colorful “candy” will change the appearance of all Google services and most popular applications from other developers (of course, only those who are willing to change the design).
The new design philosophy, Material Design, based on the basic principle according to which each element of the interface is assigned a “weight”, so all the icons and other graphic elements are literally “tangible” for the user. All objects are now made using the shade and beautiful animation, which generally makes them more visible. As we have said, this is a whole new design philosophy.
It is planned that the new trends in design will affect not only smartphones and tablets, and other devices running operating systems from Google, for example, laptops Chromebook and “smart” watches.
Notice with the release of Lollipop get a new life. Now pull down this “blind” is not necessarily, you can view them directly on top of the running application. Similarly, without opening an application can respond to text messages. Lock screen is now equipped with new opportunities to work with notifications. Since it is now possible to send an sms or mark a message as read.
2. “Smart” lock screen
As you remember, back in the KitKat now has a face recognition using the front camera, and so, now it works better and can do their job in the background while you are busy notifications.
3. Support multi-user mode.
Now the Smart phones are following the PC technology. Multiplayer mode was previously available on Android-tablet, now it can be used on a smartphone. Now, you do not need to worry while giving your phone to a child to “play”, you can create a user with limited access which protects your phone from unnecessary actions, such as “digging” in the settings and deleting important information.
There is even a guest mode, which can be used in the event that you are going to give an opportunity to use your phone to someone unfamiliar.
4. OpenGL ES 3.1
With the inclusion of Lollipop related support OpenGL ES 3.1 – new version of the graphics API, which is designed to transform the world of mobile gaming.
The new API provides more opportunities for developers in terms of working with a variety of graphics cards, tessellation, geometry shaders, an unparalleled quality texture compression, and more. So wait for new exciting games, we hope that they will not take long to wait.
5. Simplified procedure for changing device
Lollipop creators made sure to change the tablet or smartphone which has become even easier and painless. If before the transfer of all settings, applications, etc. was incomplete and in some cases took a long time, but now you can just connect device using NFC, and you do not have time to look around, all the necessary information will appear on your new gadget, applications downloaded from GooglePlay Store, change the settings, etc.
6. Setting priorities
As often happens in such a way that the notifications of applications and games interrupt us badly even we are in a meeting. Agree, it is sometimes completely out of place. In the latest version of Android, this problem is solved. For example, you are on a date, and do not want harassing messages in WhatsApp, but waiting for a letter from an important client? No problem! Priority mode will set the all the notifications according to you.
You can even set the time after which this mode automatically turns off again, allowing your device to bring down a slide on you reminders and notifications.
7. Multilayered multitasking
Now users when switching between applications will see a modified multitasking screen. At this time the developers to use the card and material design (which resembles a tab in the browser Chrome), but that’s not all.
In Lollipop each application will now be several cards for all relevant pages, for example, your mail client will receive individual cards for incoming mail page to page and create a new message. This should improve the efficiency of applications, reducing the time required to perform a certain action.
8. support for 64-bit processors
This innovation should please both ordinary users and developers. More and more devices are available on the basis of such processors and a new operating system allows you to use their capabilities much more efficiently, giving a new level of performance, seriously increasing the number of simultaneously executable instructions. Well, the developers have made things available that were previously impossible.
9. Runtime applications ART
Even in this environment KitKat can be used, although this was an experimental option. Now ART is designed to completely change the environment. The main difference between the two environments is that during installation ART compiles applications, whereby they subsequently run faster and more economical from the viewpoint of battery energy consumption, but occupy little more space memory.
However, so far there are plenty of games and applications that are completely deprived of the ART support. But in order need an update to solve this kind of problem.
10. USB Audio
Once a serious backlog of iOS eliminated! Finally, the audio signal in the “figure” can be sent directly via micro USB-port of your device. This enables the use of USB-headphones, headsets, etc. and the signal will be transmitted almost promptly.
11. Bluetooth 4.1
New Bluetooth protocol does not interfere with 4G-signal, economical battery consumption of your device and seriously improve the quality of communication. As a result – a reliable connection and increase the data rate.
12. Optimize the use of the battery.
With Android 5.0 you no longer need third-party solution to save your battery (for example, a special mode in the last flagship from Samsung or universal application Server, a lot of which can be found in the Google Store) – Lollipop in a built-in full mode to save battery power.
In addition, you can now keep track of the approximate time it will take to rebuild a 100% charge right on the lock screen. A special service will be in the background to monitor all the applications and prevent too much energy consumption at a time when the phone is in sleep mode.