In today’s world, where technology is more a necessity than a luxury, one company stands out among the rest when it comes to mobile technology. Android OS, since its inception in 2003, has been dominating this sector ever since. With a multitude of new updates and tweaks to its OS over the years and its liking for confectionaries, its latest version ‘Android Lollipop’ has made its much awaited entry in the mobile world.
Since its preview earlier this year, Android has added several new and exciting features in its final release. Let’s look at some of the biggest changes that the widely popular Google-owned Android brought to its mobile users.

Material Design
The primary focus that Google intended for its new version of Android is its consistency in visual display across its myriad of devices. Android L provides a more fluid design with free-flowing interface and animations.
What this basically means, is that, the applications don’t just come out of nowhere. There is an animation that every app does/goes through so that the animations are more flat. Google provides a constant 60 fps transitions for its material design. We can see more and more apps moving towards such a design in the near future.

New Lock Screen
The bland lock screen of the Kitkat has now been replaced by a much more dynamic and style-enriched one where the notifications can be directly accessed. Android users can now reply to messages directly from the lock screen which saves them the hassle of the primitive way of Unlock and Respond.

Improved Notifications
Android Lollipop has added a more clean animation to its notification pull-down menu. One thing that will surely catch the eye is the new and powerful floating notifications on top of the activity. Now the users can dismiss any notifications without moving from the current activity.
Users also have the option to control notifications triggered by their applications, and hide the sensitive content. Android Lollipop also enables the user to select the ‘Priority Mode’ through the device’s volume button and restrict the notifications to only certain apps and people.
Android also allows the Do Not Disturb mode similar to that on the iOS. Google has somewhat reduced the priority of incoming calls and the users may now just continue to proceed with what they were doing without having to wait for the call to end.

Kill Switch
Android L comes with an all-new feature called ‘Factory Reset Protection’ which allows the users to wipe out data. It ensures that all the data in the device is protected. This will require the user to enter their Google login. The user may then erase their entire confidential data in case of theft or a security risk.

Other security options in Android Lollipop includes SELinux enforcing for all applications claimed for even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware. Users will also get an Android Smart Lock feature to secure their device by pairing it with a trusted device like a wearable.

These changes will definitely encourage various developers to move towards a new and standardized version of their applications. The future of Android is indeed bright and Android L could be the start of a new wave of design.