Android 5.0 Lollipop has its good things and bad things. I have had the pleasure of seeing up close and tweak the new version of the operating system and I have to say that there are a couple of things I liked most in Android KitKat. I know I’m not alone, I read comments from users who are not satisfied with the new white panel background applications or multitasking carousel. So then compared with Lollipop KitKat.
1. Lock screen
Obviously we have to start this screen. One of the great innovations of Lollipop is that notifications appear on this screen and also allows us to interact with them (more on that later). Focusing in terms of design, we note that the padlock disappears and happens to be located on the bottom next to the camera (also present in KitKat) and a new call icon.
This influences how we will access the Home screen or at the above applications. If we unlock’ll have to swipe from the bottom up; if we need to make a call we slide from the call icon to the right and if we want to access the camera do the opposite movement from the icon. We also find direct access to Google Now double-click on the screen or through voice commands.
2. Start Screen
We have already unlocked our terminal and landed on the home screen. Input will notice changes in application icons and the panel applications. Has remained transparent status bars and navigation. Take this opportunity to mention that as a novelty now Google search bar is perennial in all homescreens.
How to add home screen remains the same, ie dragging an application for a new screen where you will loose the app in question appears. As for the menu of widgets and settings screen, as shown in the following figure, we notice slight cosmetic changes.
3. Application panel
Gone are the black backgrounds. In Android applications Lollipop panel is shown with a white background. So much so, that their design is closer to that of an application folder. Many users have already shown their anger about this change. The icons have also shrunk and, of course, the name of the applications no longer blank, but becomes gray.
4. Status bar and navigation bar
It mantiente white icons in the status bar and symbols of the navigation bar, but have undergone a makeover. The first thing to note is that the buttons for Back, Home and Multitasking become represented by geometric, much like the Play Station figures. The triangle indicates ago, the circle corresponds to Home, and the square refers to multitasking.
On the other hand, in the status bar icons slightly reduced size and, for example, the symbol and WiFi has no separation between the network lines, which show the strength of connection.
5. Apps with Material Design
Actually Material Design arrives (or will) to all applications and just need that we update our device. Anyway, I seemed correct to mention system applications for Calls, Contacts, Calendar, Calculator … In Android Lollipop these apps are displayed in pastel tones and user experience of Material Design, characterized by animations and the interaction between the elements of the application.
6. Recent Applications
Access to recent or multithreaded applications is through the square shaped icon, as I explained. When do we meet all applications arranged in a carousel and unlisted, as shown in KitKat. The procedure to close one of these applications remains the same, ie slides to the right or left, although Lollipop has also included a classic “X” to close on the right side corner.
One detail that we find again in Lollipop is that at the bottom right of some applications will see a thumbtack. Clicking on it will set the screen with that application. This is very useful if someone asks for your smartphone to read your mail or play; thus the display will remain in that application.
7. Menu Settings
As in panel applications, the Settings menu also passed the white background. The icons also change and are green, next to the new version of the Roboto font in gray. Furthermore, Lollipop see in the upper right a magnifying glass icon that will help us to find terms in the Settings menu.
There are also changes in the Quick Settings menu, which disappears as we knew so far to integrate into the notification bar completely. In this menu you will find new options such as flashlight or post screen; new icons and ultimately the new design.
We arrived at one of the most striking aspects of the new version of Android notification bar now more functional and elegant. In KitKat slide your finger to access the notification bar where logically notifications, date and time, and an icon to delete all notifications, next to the icon to access the Quick Settings is. In Lollipop elements are kept apart from access icon quick adjustments, since they will access deploying more notification bar.
It is as if we had three layers. The first notifications, a second with quick adjustments and third with battery information, date and time, as well as the wheel configuration and user icon. All this in gray and green tones with the new aesthetic guidelines.
9. Several users
With Android Lollipop we can add users to the smartphone, as was done with KitKat, but only in tablets. The user access is done from the notification bar, where they can also set up new users.
10. New energy saving mode
Google has decided to put part of its efforts to improve one of the burdens of smartphones. Yes, I speak of the battery. In the new version there is a new way of saving energy, reducing the functions of the smartphone so that you get that extra time until we can charge our phone. When energy saving mode is activated the status bar navigation and go to appear orange.
So far my summary of the ten most significant changes between Android Lollipop and Android KitKat . What do you think these differences? What do you like most of Lollipop? What do you wish to remain as KitKat?