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10 Differences Between Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

Note: This article was originally published on AndroidPIT Spanish, so the screenshots are in Castilian. They will be replaced by Portuguese equivalents as soon as possible.

1. Lock screen

Obviously we have to start with this screen. One of the great news about Lollipop is that notifications appear on this screen and we can also interact with them (we'll talk about this later). In terms of design, we will notice that the lock has moved to the bottom between the camera icon (also present in KitKat) and the new call icon.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

This influences how we will access the start screen and the mentioned apps. If we want to unlock the device, we have to slide our finger upwards; if we need to make a call, we will slide the corresponding icon to the right, and if we want to access the camera we will do the opposite movement with the other icon. We'll also find direct access to Google Now by double clicking on the screen or using voice commands.

2. Home Screen

We have unlocked our device and we are at the start screen. At first, we will notice changes in the app icons as well as the app panel. The bars of status and navigation remained transparent. I would like to mention that as a novelty now the Google search bar remains on all home screens, something that did not please many.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

The way to add the start screen remains the same, ie dragging an app so that a new screen appears where we will drop the app in question. As for the widgets menu and home screen settings, we will notice slight static changes, as shown in the image below.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

3. Application drawer

Dark backgrounds are a thing of the past. On Android Lollipop the app drawer shows up with a white background. So much so that your look comes closer to an application folder. Many users did not like this change. The icons have also gotten slightly smaller and obviously the app names can no longer appear white but have turned gray.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

4. Status bar and navigation bar

White remains in the status bar icons and navigation bar symbols, although they have changed their look. What catches the eye is the geometric figures that now represent the buttons. Come back, Home and Multitasking, something very similar to the design of the PlayStation.

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Above: Android Lollipop; Below: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

On the other hand, in the status the icons have been reduced in size and, for example, the WiFi symbol no longer has separation between the network lines that indicate the strength of the connection.

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Above: Android Lollipop; Below: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

5. Apps with Material Design

In fact, Material Design reach all applications eventually regardless of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Anyway, it seems relevant to me to mention the system applications like Calls, Contacts, Calendar, Claculadora, etc. On Android 5.0 Lollipop these apps gain pastel tones and feature Material Design's user experience, characterized by animations and the interaction between elements of the app.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

6. Recent Apps

Access to recent or multitasking applications is via the square shaped icon. By clicking on it we will find all the applications arranged as in a file and in the list, as in KitKat. The procedure for closing one of these apps remains the same, that is, by swiping left or right (although Lollipop also included the classic X close on the upper right side).

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

A new detail that we will find in Lollipop a thumbtack. Clicking on it will cause the screen to freeze with this app. This is very useful if you want to borrow the smartphone as it will only show the marked app.

7. Settings Menu

As with the application drawer, the Settings menu also has a white background. The icons have also changed, and appear in green, with the new version of the Roboto font in gray tone. Also, in Lollipop we will see a magnifying glass icon at the top right that will help us search terms in the Settings menu.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

There have also been changes in the Quick Settings menu, which has now been fully integrated into the notification bar. In this menu we will find new options such as flashlight, new icons and design.

8. Notifications

We have come to one of the most striking aspects of the new version of Android: the now more functional and elegant notification bar. In KitKat we slide our finger to access the notification bar which also shows the date, time and an icon to delete all notifications, next to the access icon to the Quick Settings. In Lollipop the elements remain, except for the quick settings icon, which will be accessed by lowering the notification bar further.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Right: Android KitKat. / ANDROIDPIT

as if we had three layers. The first with the notifications, a second with the quick settings and a third with the battery information, date and time, as well as the configuration icon and the user icon. All this in gray and green tones following the new aesthetic guidelines.

9. Multiple Users

With Android Lollipop we can add users to the smartphone, as happened with KitKat on tablets. Users can be accessed from the notification bar, where we can also configure new users.

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Several users are possible with Lollipop. / ANDROIDPIT

10. New power save mode

Google has struggled to optimize one of the weaknesses of any smartphone. Yes, I speak of the battery. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, there is a new power saving mode, which reduces the functions of the smartphone so that we get extra time until a new charge is available. When this power save mode is activated, the status bar and navigation bar turn orange.

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Left: Android Lollipop; Center: Lollipop energy saving; Right: Android KitKat./ ANDROIDPIT

What did you think about the differences between Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop?

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