Android 5.0 Lollipop Features Disclosed by Insiders

I actually thought "Android 4.4 KitKat" sounded decent when I first heard it last year. Not so sure about Android 5.0 Lollipop -- but if it's really the final name of the latest version of Google's mobile operating system - like what some "reliable sources" tell us - then I have no choice but to let it grow on me.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Anyway, Sundar Pichai - Senior Vice President of Google - is expected to preview the newest Android OS (and to also announce its official name) via Google's keynote tomorrow at the company's I/O Developer Conference. The next major Android update isn't slated to be released until later in the year and, as such, previewing its operating system this early is seen by many as a refreshing move from the Mountain View company. Stay tuned for updates!

So what can we expect to see on Android 5.0 Lollipop? As of writing, all information that we know about it remain unofficial -- but according to "insiders", the next version of Android will feature a redesigned user interface, HTML integration, and a "system orientation" unifying Google's mobile OS with other platforms like Web and iOS.

Flat-look with pastel hues is the hottest trend these days when it comes to UIs; Both iOS and Samsung's TouchWiz interface on SGS5, in fact, have that. Sources say that Android 5.0 Lollipop will also don the same design identity and will come replete with a cleaner, more minimalist look and lots of "Red" accents to reflect the OS' deeper Google+ integration.

On top of that, various media outlets say that Lollipop is part of the Hera initiative that seeks to develop a chromium build for both Google Chrome and Android greatly helping unify the experience. In line with this, the new OS will come with active multitasking windows with full functionally - like those in your PC - letting you have a more interactive experience in each of them. HTML5 integration makes this possible as it allows users to perform tasks in the windows instead of showing mere screenshots of opened applications.

Update as of June 26, 2014, 1:50 AM, Manila Time: Google has ended up calling the new version of its mobile OS simply Android 5.0 L -- not Lollipop as some "insiders" earlier said.

So what do you think, TP Friends? Do you like the supposed name of Android's latest version? How about the purported features? I don't care too much about the redesigned UI (I'm a fan of third party launchers anyway) but the active windows sound promising.

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