Google Shows us What Android Lollipop Can Do
It’s certainly all happening this week. Apple revealed their new iPad Air2 and iPad Mini 3 models on Thursday, which you can read about right here, and on Wednesday at the Google campus in Mountain View, California, a 10 foot tall lollipop was seen alongside a giant ice cream sandwich.
These sculptures, along with some other well known confectionery, were on display for the unwrapping of Android’s latest and 13th major OS version, known as Lollipop.
“Lollipop Lollipop Oh Lolli Lolli Lolli Lollipop *POP*”, this should be the default ring tone for devices with the Android L operating system, or Lollipop as it also known, but let’s take a closer look and see if it’s “Sweeter than candy on a stick”.
Along with Lollipop, Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai introduced three Google designed devices which included the Nexus 6 Smartphone. Its 6 inch screen is half an inch bigger than the new iPhone 6 Plus, and it’s hoped that this new phone will be the first of many new Lollipop powered devices which are set to invade our cars, living rooms and pockets.
The release comes at an important time for Google as it’s just a month after Apples released the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.
This new OS from Android is capable of running on as little as 512 megabytes of memory so it can be used on even the most basic phone models unlike some of the older Android version that need considerably more memory. It’s also hoped that this OS will standardize all the interfaces of a users various android devices’ so that set top boxes, smart watches and in car devices can all be homogenized and work better together.
In a world where many devices are becoming interconnected in ‘The Web of Things’ Google is looking to corner the market and wants to get all the devices out there talking to each other more efficiently. This will hopefully enable them to deliver better more intuitive devices such as smart watches able to rival the release of the Apple smart watch that’s due out next year.
The Lollipop OS features better OK Google usage and offers support for living room devices such as TV boxes so you can do voice search for YouTube and Google Play supported apps. It’s set to be more power efficient as well as running faster and smother then previous OS versions. It will have handy new quick settings and offer greater security and battery saving functions. For the full specifications and a detailed overview, check out this page. Android.com
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Android 5 devices will start appearing on shelves next month so keep an eye out for them to enjoy all the latest features.