After the Key Lime Pie name was deserted for the Android 4.4 Kitkat, the upcoming OS for Android, the sights of many are already looking at the horizon, with the next major upgrade, Android 5.0.
Between the possible names that people have given it--Lollipop, Laffy Taffy, Lion--and what possible features it will bring to the table, there are also designers and other creative people have taken it upon themselves
Newest design from Craig Tuttle
Of the many Android 5.0 designs floating online, the newest comes from Craig Tuttle, who has put forward his own Android 5.0 Lollipop concept video on YouTube. Found by Android Community, the video has been praised by a number of viewers, with new features that are actually a wish list that many would like to see fulfilled.
"When I sat down to figure out where Android had a chance of heading, I started by asking the question, 'Where does Google and the Android team seem excited to move?' Through this question, the answer seemed obvious: information magically delivered without the user even having to ask for it," said Tuttle in his YouTube account.
This paved the way to a new Google Now integration, which cuts across applications, as can be seen in the video.
Tuttle has created the Google Now integration so that you can get the information you need, when you need it, so it can even be inside apps. In addition, there will be new multitasking stacks, as an added bonus to a design that is pretty much in line with where Google is heading for.
Minimal design, maximized use
A clean design is a pretty good deal to those who want an easy way to navigate a smartphone. This is what Jinesh Shah, a designer, had in mind when he made these renditions of the Android 5.0.
Some of the features included in the Android 5.0 are overlapping widgets tucked to the side, a redesigned, scrollable Google Now Lockscreen Widget integrated with notifications, redesigned Clock Widget and Google Search Widget.
Redesigned Android 5.0 from Jinesh Shah
Android 5.0, the Kiwi Kugel
Designer and Android enthusiast Timo Vijn has created an Android 5.0 Kiwi Kugel design, which he described as something that takes bits of iOS, as well as getting inspiration from a number of other designers, like Jinesh Shah.
"My idea was to make Android a little more beautiful but on the other hand, keep it realistic and stick to Google's Holo design trend."
The Android 5, which he termed Kiwi Kugel, has changed the home screen, which does not have any widgets except for a click. In order to have a convenient experience, the top and bottom bars will be present in all applications.
There is also a search bar now made universal and can be used in every application, so that you can do a quick search regardless of what application you are currently using. In addition, you can specify the community or page that you are looking for via the icons available for searching, for a time-saving component.
For music lovers, the designer has also made the music player very accessible, with just a swipe at the bottom navigation bar to the left to bring up the music player.
Sharing the content is also not anymore limited to just chunks of text, but also images.