In case you weren’t paying attention to Google I/O back when Android L (now known as Android 5.0 Lollipop) was first introduced, Google’s offered a nice reminder of what’s new in the way of a pretty long changelog. Below you’ll find all the new changes, features and additions to Android 5.0 that Google deems noteworthy. The list doesn’t really throw any surprises our way compared to the update’s first outing earlier this year, but it’s nice to get a refresher.
Obvious highlights are Material Design and the new design language used throughout the operating system, support for Android TV, ART runtime by default, new battery saving features and a lot more. Be sure to read over the changelog below, and have a look at Google’s Lollipop site if you’re interested in seeing more of it illustrated in beautifully crafted renders. Now let’s just hope it doesn’t take long for everyone to receive the goods in update form starting later this month.
Android 5.0 Lollipop changelog:
- A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device
- Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention
- New ways to control when and how you receive messages – only get interrupted when you want to be
- View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications
- For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get through
- With Lollipop, incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing
- Control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content and prioritize or turn off the app’s notifications entirely
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen
- Power for the long haul
- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins
- Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in
- Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings
- Keep your stuff safe and sound
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware
- Use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car
- More flexible sharing with family and friends
- Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos etc.) by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their stuff
- Guest user for phones and tablets means you can lend your device and not your stuff
- Screen pinning: pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff
New Quick Settings
- Get to the most frequently used settings with just two swipes down from the top of the screen
- New handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls
- Easier on/off toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location
- Manually adjust your brightness for certain conditions. Then, adaptive brightness will kick in based on ambient lighting
- A better internet connection everywhere and more powerful Bluetooth low energy capabilities
- Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to cellular
- Improved network selection logic so that your device connects only if there is a verified internet connection on Wi-Fi
- Power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth low energy (“BLE”) devices like wearables or beacons
- New BLE peripheral mode
Runtime and Performance
- A faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience
- ART, an entirely new Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness
- Up to 4x performance improvements
- Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications
- Compacting backgrounded apps and services so you can do more at once
- Support for 64 bit devices, like the Nexus 9, brings desktop class CPUs to Android
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores
- Shipping 64-bit native apps like Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, Google Play Music, and more
- Pure Java language apps run as 64-bit apps automatically
- Bolder graphics and improved audio, video, and camera capabilities
- Lower latency audio input ensuring that music and communication applications that have strict delay requirements provide an amazing realtime experience
- Multi-channel audio stream mixing means professional audio applications can now mix up to eight channels including 5.1 and 7.1 channels
- USB Audio support means you can plug USB microphones, speakers, and a myriad of other USB audio devices like amplifiers and mixers into your Android device
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance
- A range of new professional photography features for Android Lollipop that let you
- Capture full resolution frames around 30 fps
- Support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW
- Control capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame
- Capture metadata like noise models and optical information
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming
- Easy access to information and performing tasks
- Even if your screen is off, you can say “OK Google” on devices with digital signal processing support such as Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
- Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more
- Support for living room devices
- User interface adapted for the living room
- Less browsing, more watching with personalized recommendations for content like movies and TV shows
- Voice search for Google Play, YouTube and supported apps so you can just say what you want to see
- Console-style Android gaming on your TV with a gamepad
- Cast your favorite entertainment apps to your big screen with Google Cast support for Android TV devices
- Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities
- Boost text contrast or invert colors to improve legibility
- Adjust display to improve color differentiation
Now in 68+ languages
- 15 new additions
- Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu
Device set up
- Get up and running in no-time
- Tap & go: instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC)
- Whenever you get a new Android phone or tablet, you can bring over your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices
And a whole lot more
- Tap & pay: easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them
- Print preview and page range support
- Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage, and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality
- New device level feedback for Nexus devices in Settings > about phone > send feedback
- Easier sharing with
- Improved ranking of your options within the share menu
- Android Beam: lets you share a file with someone nearby by gently tapping the two devices together
- Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice
- Improved hardware keyboard accessory support including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords
dont those look like condoms lmao
So many feature that they are running out of your web page
Glad they finally integrated the flashlight and added the automatic screen on. Also the automatic account transferring/sharing stuff sounds really cool.
I have been running the preview but I’m glad there is still reason to be excited for the full release :)
After being in everybody’s minds these past years, Google will need to refrain from calling their OS’s by sweets. And will instead call the next one, Medical Facility to remind people to get their yearly checkups. Especially for diabetes.
Can’t wait to see Lollipop on my Shield Tab and m7…
I still can’t believe that scheduling changes to various aspects of the phone, such as “Timeriffic” isn’t build into Android yet. I would think that’d just be part of Android by now. Just sayin…
Notice the word “privacy” isn’t anywhere in the changelog
I guess this means App Ops isn’t coming back and (sorry in advance, I really am) that Tim Cook was right?
Bwahahahahaaaaa!! And iOS just came out with there stuff. Dear lord!! I can’t wait for this. I’m going to love the new notifications. I HATE it when I be swiping in an app and someone calls me and I answer when I didn’t want to talk to that mofo. LoL!!
LoL… I know right… new notifications should be cool, very interested to see how texts work. I do feel like iOS got their messaging right by allowing it to pop up in front of whatever your doing without being in the way so you could easily respond back without leaving screens.
I love it!!!!
Just fix group messages !!!!
That would be amazing! they are so close to having it working, but not quite. Frustrating but i’m still holding out.
Usb audio FTW. Also, am so pumped about the built in flashlight setting. Don’t need a stupid app for Dat.
Didn’t they already support USB audio for years? Those Fiio USB DACs on Amazon are selling like hotcakes and have been for a long time.
Device sharing stuff is cool. The 2 swipes for quick settings is annoying. The one swipe with a toggle button is much better, or the lesser used 2 finger swipe.
Really? I love it, I can turn on my Bluetooth without even looking right now.
I like the cm 11s way of doing this. Swipe on right side and get quick settings. Swipe on left and get notifications.
This seems to be the biggest update since Eclair with the ability to have Google Navigation
Did they improve sd card support? Can store apps be easily stored on an external card now?
Cool stuff. I can some of them making into iphone 8 and being described as groundbreaking :)
So, when is Google pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop source code, SDK to AOSP ? Needs code ASAP for custom ROMS.
Honestly I read this and wasn’t impressed much since Cyanogen brings it, thanks OPO.
You mean Cyanogen that’s based on Android 5.0?
No it’s 4.4. And that’s without the theme thrown on top. There’s just not much to get excited about IMO.
This looks incredible. This is really going to change the playing field. Can’t wait till my Apple friends see this! Especially those cool sharing and multi user features.
Also with Android 5.0 Google doesn’t worked to a decent cloud backup solution?
Huh? You mean like… Google?
I mean like restore apps and all apps data when I change my phone.
Apps will restore, and their data can be synced through Facebook or Google play games if the app supports it.
This is the problem: is not OS dependent. I want a real cloud backup, not hope that an app supports it
HTC has a Transfer App that transfers all apps, app data, contacts, settings, even Wallpaper from HTC phone to HTC phone. I amazed the T-Mobile rep when i transferred everything from my phone is about 2 minutes. At the counter no less. Not sure what other devices have.
Samsung has that too.
USB Audio support – it’s about time!.
Wait. But hasn’t USB audio worked since Jelly Bean? Those Fiio USB DACs are quite popular on Amazon.
I love how Google integrates the best features oems are using into their next android build. it creates a stable area for developers, while pushing the OS ever forward.
This is huge for those with google voice/hangouts
Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to cellular