Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When will the Android Lollipop Pop?



What the rumor mill is churning out these days especially in the world of mobile technology might probably pique everyone’s curiosity. Or, let’s just drop the sense of uncertainty in that statement. Case in point is what the famed Android OS is prepping for its army of tech-geeks and ordinary mobile users alike, both with oodles of enthusiasm and anticipation. Even only a few months after it released the indubitably most-celebrated and highly-patronized Android KitKat, an even more exciting monster OS rumored to be the Android Lollipop is set to stand front and center of the mobile arena. Although the details about the next generation Android operating system are still unconfirmed, we’ve got some juicy info about how the OS will give all that you need and so much more.

Picking up from where KitKat left off.
Who could resist the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat? The revamped interface it offers, the radical changes it made to satisfy our techie taste buds and the tasty features it brings forth to the last bite. Each feature of the Android 4.4 KitKat made all the taps, swipes, and toggles all powerful and easy-peasy, giving us nothing but indeed a break from all the fading, menial mobile activities. Yet again, it’s rumored that Android will offer another sweet treat for us to crave. Should we bite into this sweet treat or should we take a break? And so, almost all—if not everyone—anticipated the sweet release of yet another Android OS to indulge our techie sweet tooth. Following the alphabetical order of the sweets, the platform starts with letter L. Rumor mills couldn’t take a break either, giving us interesting options such as Android Lemon Meringue Pie, Android Lamington, Android Ladoo (a ball-shaped Indian sweet), Android Layer Cake, and Android Ladyfingers. Oh, did I forget something? Yes, of course, the most talked about Android Lollipop.

Bite the candy or bite your tongue?
Of course, associated with the platform’s sweet treat name is its version. Since Android Lollipop is likely the codename for the much-anticipated Android OS, it’s logical to have an upgraded version code. But would it be the version Android 4.5 or Android 5.0? If your money is on the latter, then take my advice, don’t go sour-graping because that is somewhat unlikely. Android 5.0 would be less likely on the cards since the code itself denotes a promise that it would be a big update—in which the company is not ready yet.

What does the allegedly Android 4.5 Lollipop offer?
Since there haven’t been a ratified set of features of the speculated Android platform, rumor has it that the design or interface would be much flatter and cleaner. This new Android style is actually referred to as ‘Moonshine’. The interface was gradually revamped, and one of which is flattening and simplification of Google’s online icons. If you’re a Google+ app user, you’ll also notice the gray navbar and the menu background shading are changed to bright red to match up with the Google+ logo in line with the to-be-released Android 4.5. What’s more is that you will miss the trusty home button since there would now be onscreen navigation buttons. Rumor has it that the new Google button will have a minor hexagonal makeover, and the familiar back button will also not leave its side.

The Android 4.5 Lollipop’s surprise center
What we all have been waiting to taste is the surprise center of the Android 4.5 Lollipop. According to Android Police, the Android 4.5 is known internally as Hera—reportedly centered around the unification of Android and Chrome having a Chromium build design to run on Android. Also, you’ll get to abuse the multi-tasking feature of your gadget, since 4.5 update shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows. That being said, you can venture your way to replying an email while on the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app. Powerful surprise center indeed. The integration of HTML 5 makes the Android 4.5 Lollipop more exciting, and I can’t stress this enough, worth the wait.

Unwrapping the candy
Adding up to this juicy-licious Android 4.5 Lollipop update for the time being is its ‘Ok Google’ integration, now with a bigger scope. The rumor mill has given us the bits and bites of this sweet edible, but when would it really roll? Better stop biting your lip, because Google will be unwrapping the Lollipop candy by this late June, which is 25 June precisely. Google has always been unstoppable; what do you think would be the next sweet edible?

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