Lollipop? Lava cake?? No. Just name it L! Because big changes sound so simple at first! After Google released the developer preview for the so-called “Android L”, people had made a lot of reviews about it. Here is a list of main changes coming with this L-release.
This time Google has taken bringing changes to the UI so much seriously. Inspired by basic shapes and sheets of paper (which sounds somewhat like Ubuntu touch!), the new interface gives a kind of floating feel. In the basic level, the back button is now a triangle, the multitasking button a square and the home button is replaced with a circle. The overall design is now cooler with much more colours and smooth animations. You can have a taste of this design in the present Google+ app for android which follows the guidelines of Material design. This change has not been spread to every corner yet because its still in a developer-preview stage but do expect a fresh experience!
The notifications are now much more interactable than ever before! The notification might pop up inside an app which you can dismiss or interact with (but it won’t be intrusive). The notification can now be interacted straight away from the lock screen which you might swipe away to dismiss or drag to interact with. These changes sound very much handy and makes us feel sad that we had to wait for months to see it in live action.
You also get a “Do not Disturb” mode which really leaves you undisturbed. It hides notifications for the preset time or until you manually turn it off. You can also turn off notifications for individual apps in the “Sounds & Notifications” menu.
The multitasking do much more tasks than what it used to do. You won’t be just accessing the app here but also some features of the app straight away. The tabs you have opened in chrome will be accessible straight from here as though it is an app of its own. This is a bold move by Google to bridge the gap between native and web apps.
Though, those were the big changes we can see straight away, there are much bigger changes made in the overall OS improving the general performance, security and battery life. After all, Android is just getting better and better!