Yesterday we got a look at the latest Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone, and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both use the latest version of Android, named Lollipop, or Android L. This time around, the big news seems to be the boost in API’s for app developers.
Android was slow in the beginning when it came to the app market, at least when it was compared to the much more prolific Apple. But in the last several years they have managed to close that gap. With apps being released every day, they are looking to further push the production of both indie and official applications for their mobile service.
That includes a new 5,000 API’s for app developers. In fact, the entire release seems to be a relationship builder between Android and developers, as Google pushes themselves to the forefront of the app movement. They want to be seen as the best platform for those developers.
On the consumer side, they have increased user customization. The ability to manage what notifications come through from who, and when, is one way. It will show up on the lockscreen for a quick glance, without having to unlock your device for more information.
Another positive feature is the power saver. It is an emergency option when you are starting to run low on power, but have no access to an outlet or charger. You switch on power saver and it limits functions, boosting your battery up to another 90 minutes.
Beyond that, it doesn’t offer a whole lot for users, and it is definitely a developer’s release. But with promises to be more intuitive, smooth and easy to operate, it should boost function on the new Nexus 6 in particular. When looking at the processor and 3 GB of RAM on that device, the dreaded Android lag should hopefully be gone in spite of the more powerful phone taking up more resources.
The most exciting part will be seeing the wave of new apps that hit the market on Android L. Admittedly, I now have an iPhone. But anything starting on Android is sure to eventually get a multi-platform release, if it is successful.