Today, Google announced the next version of its Android OS – version 5.0 AKA “L”. The first thing of note is how the user interface has undergone a complete makeup. It is a paper-like, “flat”, colorful design pattern. But beyond just visuals, Android L brings other improvements, including the following:
- new heads-up notifications – which pop interactive notifications over your current task. Sounds like Facebook’s chathead
- Android’s Roboto font has been updated
- a kill switch – the ability to remotely wipe the phone – has been added
- improved app performance
- a smarter unlock feature
- improved power management
With respect to the new UI, Android seems to be moving in the direction of the elegance of Windows Phone’s flat user interface. No; I am not saying that Android L necessarily looks like Windows Phone, but that it follows the latter’s design pattern. A good move, in my opinion. Android is about to look and feel much more polished. I can’t but be happy. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t provided much images of what the new Material Design (as it is called) looks like on a device, so we have to wait to see more.