The latest version of the Android operating system has been announced by Google, and continuing with the alphabetical naming convention it has been named Lollipop.
The major difference with the Lollipop release is the new Material design, which is much cleaner than previous designs such as Holo. A triangle, circle and square are used instead of the previous back arrow, home and apps buttons.
Notifications have also been enhanced and will also appear on the lockscreen. Multitasking now utilises a Google Now-like display. The notification bar has been changed. A new battery-saving mode has been implemented. Behind the scenes, Lollipop uses the ART runtime rather than Dalvik which should see big performance gains, especially when using newer 64-bit processors.
My phone is too old to receive a stock Lollipop ROM (thanks for nothing Samsung), but I’m hopeful my LG G Pad 8.3 will get it, because there was a Google Play Experience version of this device released – hopefully LG will update both at the same time.