Developed by Google, Material Design is a new design language that brings a vivid, new look and feel to Lollipop's users interface. With Material Design, you'll see responsive animations and transitions, as well as effects to show depth like lighting and shadows. Multiple items can be viewed and manipulated onscreen using intuitive touching motions.
Release Date: November 12, 2014
Note: Lollipop version isn't currently available on all devices.
Lollipop (Android™ 5.0 release) brings a bright, colorful overhaul to the look and feel of the platform. Through a design language called Material Design, the user interface now follows a series of physics and rules for the way things look, act and relate to each other. Lollipop also adds notification access from the lock screen, improved performance and optimized battery settings.
The steps to find the current OS version vary by device. Below are general instructions that work for most Android devices. For detailed instructions about a specific device, please check the device's user guide.
To check your current Android OS version:
- Open your device's settings.
- Tap the About Phone or About Device option.
- Tap Android Version to display your version information.
You've successfully found your version information.
A new battery saver feature can extend your battery life up to 90 minutes, depending on usage. When charging, you'll see an estimate of time left until charging is complete. When your device is off the charger, selecting Battery Settings will show you an estimate of time before you need to charge it again.
View and respond to notifications right from your lock screen. For added privacy, you'll have the ability to hide lock screen notifications from certain apps and contacts. Several notifications at once are displayed as cards, batched in groups based on the originating app.
Easily share your device with family and friends without sharing all of your stuff. Lollipop allows for multiple users on the same device, including a guest user. You can even pin your screen to limit what another user can access.
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