Last week Apple introduced its new iOS 8 for iPhone and OS X 10.10 for Mac at WWDC. Instead of changing the whole UI experience, Apple concentrated more on the internal features which actually makes iOS more flexible and fresher. Also, with iOS, one can say the gap between iOS and Android have significantly reduced and in order to maintain the dominance Google need to come up with something new. Interestingly, where Apple and Windows have already introduced their respective next generation OS, Google may release the next version of Android at the upcoming Google I/O developer conference on 25-26 June in San Francisco. Though, there is no confirmation about the name but Lollipop looks to be the most suitable one. Also Google usually introduces a new version of Android with its Nexus device and that might be the case here as well as there is rumours that Google may unveil the new Nexus 8 and Nexus 10 (2014) at the developer conference. Taking a deeper look at these rumors, let’s see what we can expect in the upcoming Android 4.5 Lollipop.
According to the latest reports, Android 4.5 is likely to be a UI revamp. Moreover, Google’s effort to unify Chrome with Android and Search is also likely to feature in the upcoming version. That’s what the popularly rumoured Project Hera is all about. Also HTML 5 is also likely to be integrated to give users a multi-tasking windows experience, similar to that found in Ubuntu’s Edge smartphone. For example: you will be able to send an email while listening to music without actually opening the app. The main reason behind this is that Google wants to reduce the gap between PCs and smartphone with Lollipop. So don’t be surprised if you see Android 4.5 to be more desktop-like Operating System.
Improved Google Now
Since Google now was introduced with Jellybean, we haven’t seen a significant update. Also when we compare it to Apple’s Siri, it has always lacked that responsiveness. However, Google will integrate Google Now more deeply to the OS making to more competent. Also it will be easier to access Google Now by just saying ‘Ok Google’ anywhere on the smartphone or maybe on standby just like we saw on Motorola’s Moto X.
Google Task Card
Well this is somewhat like ‘Continuity’ feature which was introduced in the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 where users could just pause what they were writing on their iphone and resume it later on Mac. Likewise Google is giving their shot to even simplify this feature. For instance, you may be watching a video on YouTube on your desktop and want to continue it on your smartphone by just saving it as Google Task Card.
64-bit Support and Security
Rumours suggest that the new Android 4.5 Lollipop will support processors with 64-bit architecture chipset making the OS more smooth and stable. The gaming experience will be a lot smoother. Also with latest flagship android phones running on 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 64-bit architecture makes sense.
Apart from this, Security is the one area where Google really need to work on. Yes we can download tones of security apps from Playstore but along comes the ever annoying bloatware. With Lollipop, Google will probably overcome various vulnerabilities given the open source nature of Android.
In addition to all these features, Android 4.5/5.0 will also support Google Glass. Besides, with Apple planning to release its own watch wearable, Google may also launch a similar wearable with Android 4.5 Lollipop support.