On 15th October, Google announced the latest Android OS release, codename Lollipop. Apparently, other names that were considered by the internet giant included Lemon Drop, Lady Finger, Lava Cake and Lemon Meringue Pie.
Android Kitkat’s successor introduces Google’s new aesthetic; ‘Material design’. Google describes Material as a “unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion”; “fluid, purposeful motion”.
Voice is a major input source, and Lollipop will include a new voice activation system, based on the existing “OK google” system.
Google aims to create seamless integration across devices, including TV, tablets and wearables. Lollipop will also include 5,000 new APIs.
Regardless of your personal handset choices, as designers it is worth looking into the new ideas and the design paradigm.
For example, the floating windows approach to multitasking, and the UIs for Android Wear and Android TV.