Changes to the design include an updated version of the default font Roboto, bold, dramatic colors and simple yet elegant animations which make the overall experience terrific.
“We imagined.. what if pixels didn’t have just color, but also depth? What if there was a material that could change its texture? This lead us to something we call material design,” said Matias Duarte, Director of Android User Experience at the Google I/O conference.
Also, Google has chucked out the traditional pull down notification panel. Simply swipe down from the top, and you get to see your notifications with a translucent home screen.
One big change here the ability to take or receive calls while playing your favorite game or browsing the web as shown below. You get a notification in a similar way as the banner notifications on iOS.
Google has updated the stock keyboard, which now appears much like the one found on the Lumia devices these days. The keyboard adorns a slate-grey theme along with borderless keys. However, it is yet to be seen whether Google’s new keyboard can match the text-prediction capabilities of other third party apps like SwiftKey.
For those of you into the nitty gritty of Android, this might make more sense. Remember the ability to change from DALVIK to ART runtimes on your KitKat device? Well, now Google has gone a step further and completely obliterated DALVIK.
The company claims that the new default ART runtime should have significant impact on app startup times along with considerable gains in battery life.
Finally after adding tons and tons of functionality each year and not paying heed to the UI, Google has decided to step up their game and compete directly with Apple. Apple devices are considered to be the benchmark in terms of design and overall consistency offered across the different iOS devices.
Unlike previous years, Google has decided not to begin the rollout immediately. Instead, they have released preview system images for testing purposes. Those with Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices are in luck as these are the only devices for which the images have been released as of now. The official “L” update will be available sometime this fall.
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