Android 4.5/5.0 ‘Lollipop’: Google Teases New Features Ahead of Google I/O 2014

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Android 4.5 Android 5.0Android 4.5/5.0 ‘Lollipop’ is heavily speculated to be unveiled in the upcoming Google I/O 2014 and thanks to the latest slip-ups by Google itself, there’s barely any doubt left in the minds of Android fans. With only a few days left for the I/O 2014 to kick in, Google has already started teasing us with some of the features that we can expect Android Lollipop to have.

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Google teases Android Lollipop; what’s in store?

1. Redesigned Status Bar

It might not be much at this point, but it definitely is something. This morning, Google updated its I/O 2014 webpage, where it very elegantly managed to feed us what appears to be a new redesigned status bar on its Nexus 5 device. Now, since Android 4.4.4 didn’t bring about any visual changes, almost all experts are of the view that this new status bar is Google teasing us what Android 4.5/5.0 might come with. Below is the new leaked status bar compared side-by-side with the current status bar on the Nexus 5.

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Even though the changes do not account to much, they certainly do make their presence felt. For starters, the battery meter looks a little bit different. The signal meter, now, has individual rectangles instead of triangles to which we are used to. Everything, in general, seems to be smaller in comparison to the previous Android builds.

You might already know this, but whenever Google teases us with screenshots of an upcoming Android release, the clock in the screenshot always depicts the exact version number of that release. So while logic dictates that the clock in the above screenshot should have either portrayed 4:50 or 5:00, it, for some reason, portrayed 4:40 indicating Android 4.4 as the version number; nobody knows what to make out of it, just yet.

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2. Quantum Paper Design

Another screenshot teased by Google pretty much confirms that Android 4.5/5.0 Lollipop is going to feature a new type of design layout known as the “Quantum paper design”. Again, it isn’t exactly the most ground-breaking change, but given the fact that this image was pulled straight from Google’s own developer website, there are absolutely no doubts about its legitimacy.

Android 4.5 Android 5.0 Lollipop

Unfortunately, we still don’t know what version number the successor to Android KitKat is going to carry, but at the end of the day, it couldn’t be anything other than Android 4.5 or Android 5.0. As far as its name goes, given how Google has named its Android builds and versions so far, Android 4.5/5.0 is bound to have a name starting with the letter ‘L’ and so far, the whole Android community seems to be have unified opinion about Lollipop being an apt name for the next version of Android.

Make sure to let us know, in the Comments’ Section below, what you make of the above and if you are satisfied with the changes that Google has teased us for Android 4.5/5.0 Lollipop.


  1. Not much to get excited about so far – here’s hoping some under the hood stuff is improved and some genuinely useful features are added as rectangles instead of triangles isn’t enough to get me excited with what looks like the single most boring upgrade in Androids existence

  2. 1. The latest version of Android is 4.4.3 not 4.4.4

    2. What triangles in the cell-signal icon ?? You mean the up/down triangles indicating data transfers ? Those can only be seen when pulling the notification bar

    3. The only real difference i see here is a bit wider individual rectangles of the signal bars and the battery icon.

    To the commentator above: do we really need change for the sake of change ? I for one am glad they didn’t change much in the last couple of Android versions. I like how it looks like. I expect improvements ,I don’t expect visual changes because android has already evolved enough in this area. 4.4.3 looks extremely good on the Nexus 5.
    What I would like to see however is some improvement for the Hybrid UI.
    I also want to see a radical change in the basic design as ICONS: they should impose everybody to make app icons of X width and Y height so there aren’t smaller or bigger icons. IF NOT Google should at least make their own apps’ icons be the same SIZE. I don’t like how YouTube icon is shorter than G+ or gmail icon is a bit taller or shorter…it just doesn’t look good.