Google may reveal Android 5 Lollipop in the I/O technology conference on 25 June, and its expected features may be a major update from KitKat. Smart phones right now run on Google’s Android KitKat 4.4, the latest update in the line of candy-themed mobile operating systems. Every year in June the Google developers’ conference releases updates to its products and this year is no different. It is expected that updated features to Google Glass, the smart watch line and the range of Nexus smart phones will include Android 5 Lollipop.
After collaborating with Nestle to release Android 4.4 KitKat in September 2014 last year, minor updates were released to correct bugs and fix issues with the operating system and apps. Rumored to be revising the approach it takes to web apps, images have been leaked showing how what Lollipop looks like. Project Hera, Google’s effort to unify the Chrome browser with Android and Search is also set to debut in June. The project is designed to revamp the experience for Android users who run Google’s Search and Chrome apps on their Android phones, and a major user-interface revamp is also expected. HTML 5 integration is expected to a level where one can experience functional multi-tasking windows. Taking the design concept from Ubuntu’s Edge, Google wants to ease the transition from the mobile phone to the desktop for most users, meaning it would be possible to send an email while listening to music without having to enter the app itself. Android 4.5 can see one starting a task on the computer, leaving it as a Google task card on your phone to finish it later. Android 4.5 also plans on making OK Google, its voice search assistant, as competent as Siri, calling it Ok Google Everywhere, but integrating it deeply into the OS itself.
It is expected that Android 4.5 Lollipop will offer support for the processor and graphics chipset. Support for 64 bit-processors makes running Android smooth on devices with 2 to 4GB RAM. Android 4.4 KitKat currently runs on 512 MB RAM and Google plans to add a few additional features to make 4.5 better. With cross compatibility in case of mobile networks, improvements in camera features, and better audio and video experience, Google’s Lollipop is aiming to be better than KitKat. The gaming community will experience smoother multi-tasking, while an improved battery life increases performance, allowing users to support and write data on micro SD cards.
As Apple gears to launch the iWatch, Google has plans to integrate Lollipop with its wearable range of smart wear . Google Glass and the smart watch range are expected to run on Android 4.5, but reports suggest that there may be a new wearable application that monitors devices that are connected to the smart phone. With Lollipop, these features will work better without draining the battery and data.
Security also seems to be an area of focus for Android. It is currently being targeted by mobile malware, making security its biggest concern. Apps from the PlayStore usually are loaded with bloatware, making users vary of the store itself. Preferring to use the .apk (installable) files instead of downloading the apps, Google is losing customers who download apps from the PlayStore. Android 4.5 Lollipop aims to fix this issue by setting up a rigid app selection system. Handling data with fingerprint sensors and face unlock will make Lollipop better than KitKat. More features are expected to be included in Android 5.5 Lollipop, but users will have to wait for June to hear more of it.
By Rathan Paul Harshavardan.