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Massive changes are coming in Android Lollipop

Published Jun 25th, 2014 11:12AM EDT
Android 5.0 Lollipop Features
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Google’s next Android version will be announced in a few short hours, with various reports already offering a look at an early Android L change log, claiming that Android 5.0 Lollipop is the name of the next major release, and revealing certain details about the new mobile OS. Android Police has seen images that reveal more details about the upcoming Android features, detailing some significant changes.

The publication says Android L will bring a new Quick Settings shade that will offer improved access to settings, allowing users to “manipulate controls on a deeper level than the current implementation.”

When accessing an item in the new Android 5.0 Quick Settings section, the panel will transition to a new interface element related to that chosen setting. “So, if you press the WiFi tile, you’ll get a pane (in the same space) with a list of networks and the option to toggle WiFi on or off,” Android Police writes. “Likewise if you press the battery percentage, you’ll get a quick glance at battery usage data, and so on.”

A More link at the bottom of the panel would take the user to the full Settings app, if more complex settings are required.

While on the new Quick Settings, the user will still have access to notifications on the same screen, which will be stacked at the bottom of the display.

In Android L, users will be able to limit or prevent interruptions from notifications, and incoming notifications will not interrupt the user’s activity on the smartphone, fading away in case there’s no interaction with it. Interestingly, an “Incoming Call” notification will appear on tablets as well, the publication says, suggesting Google is working on a deeper integration of services and devices.

While Android Police did not post screenshots from the new Android release, it recreated them to highlight these new features, revealing Google’s new design language for Android, which includes a more Google Now-like appearance and a new palette of colors. The same publication revealed before that Google plans a major design overhaul of Android in its next release.

Images showing the rumored changes coming in Android L follow below, with more available at the source link.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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