Material Design & Android Lollipop
The revolution made by Google
In June 2014 Google kept a meeting called Google I/O. This event comes every year and the director of every sector of the Google company speaks about what they did during last year. This year they've presented new products like a new version of Android and a new version of framework made for graphics called Material Design.
Material design (codenamed quantum paper) is the new graphics framework made for replacing the actual standards. It's made for web and app design. It's multiplatform so it can be used also on mobile and wearable devices. The Google's goal is:
"Create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science."
This framework specifics some rules that the developers has to follow. Here we have some examples.
This is a button concept, only two colors, one for the text and one for it's background so no color shades.
Regarding the animations, Google says that they're important because they don't only make a thing better-looking, when we see something moving we can understand if it's liquid or solid for example, so the newer animations are more similar to the reality.
But which reality? Material Design is called "Material" because when we develop something we imagine a graphic component made by a physical material so that component has the same behavior.
Android 5.0 "Lollipop" is the newest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. It was announced on June 25 and it will be released in the first days of November. The first devices that can be updated to this version are the Nexus brand and the Google editions of some smartphones. As an update usually brings some little features, this one is a major update that brings lots of new features.
Project Volta is a new feature developed for Android Lollipop that allows the system to use less battery using particular function like the "Power Saving". Here we have a list of the innovations.
- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins;
- Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in;
- Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings.
Android Lollipop brings a new way to organize the notification. We have a new lockscreen that can display the newest notifications with a better User Experience and a quick access to the notification content.
We've also a new type of notification called "Heads Up" that gets out on the top of the screen.
We've a better security than the last implemented. Fort example the encryption of data is active by default, and the SELinux module of the kernel is enhanced.
There is a new runtime called ART (Android Runtime) that replaces the previous one. It's faster and lighter than the Dalvik Virtual Machine.