Android L vs Android 5.0 Lollipop: What has Changed ?

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Vishnu Mohan
Vishnu Mohan (VM) is a Passionate Blogger and an Android Geek from the God's own Country-Kerala, India. He is also an Engineering student who loves to write about Technology, Blogging, Windows, Android and more. He is the founder of DroidGeeks , co-founder of InfoBeatz and some other other Tech blogs.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop

Finally, the most anticipated Android 5 is now out of Bag ! A few days ago Google has officially released their latest Android 5.0 Lollipop along with the Nexus 6 and 9. It has been a few months we are using the beta version of Lollipop as Android L and so we already have an idea how the final build would be. Being the Android L a beta release of  Android 5.0, Obviously we’ve to expect some changes, bug fixes and additional functionality in the Final release. Recently the Android 5.0 SDK is released and now we have an idea about what all changes are made in the final release of the OS.

Android L was an early release and that too a developer friendly version. It have missed a lot of stuffs even from the KitKat version. However Google has addressed all those drawbacks and bugs in the Android L and released the Final build with an entirely cool looking interface. Also the major thing that we should consider is the revamped material design UI. It now looks clearer and more professional. Now, we can have a look on changes made in the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Changes Spotted in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Recent Screen

In the newest recent screen the Google search has fixed at the top of the screen and the headers of each applications are mode colorful. But the feature will be app dependent.

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Changes in Recent Screen

Left : Android L   Right : Android Lollipop

Dialer and People App

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Changes in Dialer

Left : Android L   Right : Android Lollipop

The dialer provided in the Android L preview was on one of the nice features but Google has changed its cyan color to a light blue color. The yellow

highlighter in the Tabs sectioned has changed in to white which is better that the older. Also the size of the font in dialer has slightly reduced which is looking perfect for the newer design.

When you open a contact from the dialer, it directly opens in the People App. The new People app also shows recent conversation from Hangout along with some basic details.

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Changes in People App

Left : Android L   Right : Android Lollipop

Status Bar and Navigation Bar Icons

In the Android 5.0 Lollipop, the icons in the status bar has changed to flat design and the navigation bar icons appears smaller. However the smaller icons in the navigation bar may be due to a higher resolution of Nexus 6.

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Changes in Status and Navigation Bar

Left : Android L   Right : Android Lollipop

Priority Ringing Rules

The Priority Ringing Rules in the Lollipop has evolved from the older  Do Not Disturb feature in the Android L. Some slight changes are made in the UI to make it more awesome. Here is what Google has to say about the new feature:

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.

Android 5 Lollipop Changes in Priority Rules

Left : Android L   Right : Android Lollipop

The above mentioned 4 changes are spotted by us. It is sure that there will be a lot more changes and we will be writing on that after a detailed review. So until then stay tuned !

Do comment below what you have noticed in the Lollipop and whether you love it.