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Thread: Android L (Lollipop) Material Design - Review and Hands On

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    Android L (Lollipop) Material Design - Review and Hands On

    Introduction:

    Android L Material Design is the new spark of this year. It is the next version of Android where 'L' probably stands for 'Lollipop'. This is going to be something unique which is not only enhancing the user experience but it will also boost the productivity. This one is going to be the next major update for many devices. It can be a major change which many manufacturer have to accept and adjust their upcoming devices on the basis of the same. So we will find out a bit more about the Android L Material Design and will find how better it can be.

    Most of the changes and features here are new. That means the UI might be unique and impressive. But this time keeping things less flashy, Google emphasize more on the feature part. More details are added to the notification panel. And almost all type of settings will be unique for various android devices. This also adds Android Wear support. A few developer got chance to test the new Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices after Google made Developer preview available. And through that we are able to find out how it can be better.


    One of the major changes is the notification panel o\in Android L. You are getting something different in gesture also. Like to unlock the phone instead of swiping to right you can swipe up. You can get notification directly from the unlock screen. There might be no home screen at all. There can be a direct app drawer or some other additional menu. It looks Google want to change the old way of Android usage and add something unique. So let's check out what all things Android L is going to bring out.

    App Switcher:

    In regular android OS whether Android 4.3 Jellybean or Android 4.4 Kitkat we have a simple app switcher. Here the background app manager and app switcher are one and the same thing. There is nothing like Task Manager in Android. You have to use third party app for the same. If you launch an app you have to press the home key to go on the home screen. And then you can hold the same for few second to find out what all apps are working. You can switch between different app by tapping on the same. This is a long process and sometime annoying. Because you have to first hold the home key for some time and a list of apps appear. Then you can tap on the same to launch it. For those phone which are not having good hardware, cause slow down issue when there are too many apps.


    But Android L brings up a new and amazing App Switcher. This was required. The app switcher is in the development mode. There are ample of changes pending on the same. And soon more information on the same will be updated. App switcher can be some kind of ready to use icon on the notification panel or functions assigned to any key. Through which you can get list of apps that you start instantly leaving the existing one. It is good if it starts with some buttons or widget on the lock screen or on the notification panel.
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    Notifications:

    The notification panel is one of the prime highlight of Android L. As per few tests that we had seen it is found that there might be no home screen this time. But we are not sure about the same. The notification panel is one of the most important part of android UI. It gives you quick accessibility to start a app, to adjust phone settings and to see latest message and updates. So here Google has worked more to make it more better.

    The latest one which is going to be a part of Android L will be more different. Accessing the notification panel will be same. You just have to swipe down and you can see the panel there. The new interface might come with floating feature. That means you can drag and place it anywhere on the screen. You can also make it fix on the top side. A profile picture will appear in the same. Which is right now visible in the Contact Book. A few phone that comes with customized os already has this feature. You can add your profile pic directly in the notification panel. The panel will be simple with white color text and dark background. It will be less flashy.


    To exit a notification you have to swipe it to the right side or you can tap on the same to expand it. If you want more additional option associated with that then you can tap on the same. At the bottom side there can be a line which can give you weather updates or other ongoing notifications. This will be on top of each other and there can be more this kind of horizontal panels. The list which you will see in the notification part can be removed by swiping and more new will appear at the bottom side. The notification panel will also support two finger gesture. Through which you can open the quick settings panel. Here you can add things as per your need by dragging them inside. This would be a smart way of having all your important settings at one place and it might be different from the notification panel.

    There are new icons settings used in the same. The notification bar will be on the lock screen as well. It will appear as horizontal bars in the form of thick rectangle and all will be scrollable. You can scroll to checkout all the latest stuff. But to launch app associated with the notification you have to unlock the screen.

    Quick Settings:

    Quick Settings which is before integrated in the notification panel now will be separate. When you tap on the top settings icon you can see this quick settings. In many phone you cannot modify them. But in few devices which comes with optimized OS has the feature. Like in Sony Xperia devices you can find this thing. The quick settings panel is placed horizontally on the top side and you can drag to the left to see all icons. You can add remove things from the same through settings.

    In Android L Material Design this thing is added separately. With light weight theme it looks a perfect add-on for the phone. It can be accessible through gesture. Like two finger swap and it is editable. That means you can remove things that you don't want. At the top there are three icons that are for battery, settings and profile. Screen brightness adjustment bar is just below that. This one comes as icons in older version. When you tap on that a bar appear with slider and there you can drag and adjust the brightness. But in Android L you get this straight in quick settings.


    There are grid of icons arranged in the form of 2 icons on top and 3x6 below that. The top are the primary one that you use the most. Like turning on wifi or Bluetooth and below that are others like mute, gps, auto screen rotation, etc. Just below that there is an additional horizontal bar which will show you the device that are connected to your phone or tablet. So this is simply unique. You can scroll down to checkout more things. So this new things are going to make a phone look amazing and it will enhance the overall productivity. This new UI will not be heavy. It is designed to work on low end devices also.

    Lock screen:

    After Notification the Lock screen is somewhat impressive thing here. When you get any message or update you get a tiny floating details on the top status bar. But to open that you have to unlock the screen and then swipe down to open notification panel. Now the Lock screen will handle most of your updates. All notification can appear on it. No need to unlock the phone. Instantly you can check you had sent you a message. When tap the update expands more to give you details.


    Others things are similar. This lockscreen will also cover up customization options. You can add widgets or simply configure a pin lock. The lock screen will still show you the battery and network status with your profile picture.
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    Re: Android L (Lollipop) Material Design - Review and Hands On

    Conclusion:

    Android L Material Design is for boosting the phone output. It is designed to give flawless and productive output. Existing Android OS lack some useful feature of accessing your phone information instantly. It might take some time to check out a message, but through Android L you can have all of them on your thumb.

    The UI is being under development and many says that this will be the part of Android 5.0 UI. But we can expect that Google might release a common update for all devices which are higher than Android ICS, to have this UI. Now, as we know, every great thing comes with some negative points as well, you should check out some Pros and Cons about Android L in this article.
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