Android app development is slated to evolve even further as Android launches its new operating system called “Lollipop” in Australia.
On 12 November 2014, Android released their new operating system, Lollipop. This is yet another salvo in the war between Android and iOS for virtual real estate and consumer dollars.
In this war, however, everybody wins. Consumers win because they constantly get better products. Google and Apple win because they sell more product. And mobile app developers win because each new round of improvements provides opportunity for mobile app developers to provide a new service and fill a new void in the marketplace.
Lollipop: the Facts
Lollipop will be compatible with the Google Nexus line and in Motorola devices in the G and X series. LG will feature Lollipop in its G3 smartphone. Early in 2015, Sony Z2 and Z3 devices will feature Lollipop. Only Samsung, makers of the Galaxy series, have not announced a timetable for updating their smartphones to Lollipop.
Instead of pulling notifications down from the top menu, Lollipop users will see their notifications in the middle of the lock screen. Users will be able to expand their messages and even reply to them from the lock screen. Users with passwords will have to enter them before replying to messages.
In addition, users will have the option to block messages or to hide them if they have privacy concerns. Instead of seeing the message and who it came from, they will only see a notification that they received a text or email. Those who choose the “priority” mode will be able to filter the messages they receive to accept texts and calls from favourites only. They will see that they are getting a text or call, but with no notification such as a ringtone or vibration.
Lollipop comes with security updates. The one that promises to be the most popular is a setting which allows the user to enter their password every time they use the phone as a default, but turn the default off if the phone is within a certain distance of a device they choose, such as their Android smartwatch or a Bluetooth-enabled car.
This allows the user to keep security settings when they can’t see their phone, but not have to enter a password 100 times a day if they are a busy smartphone user. The other big update is encrypting data default. If a phone is lost or stolen, their data won’t be stolen.
This feature is great for when a family shares a smartphone. Up to four individual profiles can be created on one smartphone using the Lollipop OS. Each profile will have its own settings, apps, contact list and photos. The owner’s profile will be the master profile and be able to make executive changes such as giving permissions or resetting the phone to factory settings.
There are some other miscellaneous improvements and features. There will be a new set of shortcuts on top of the notification tray. The calendar function has been updated to integrate with your Gmail account. This can be a valuable asset for such functions as buying airline and concert tickets.
What it Means to You
So, what does this mean to the mobile app developer or the process of app creation? A lot, especially if you are a regular reader of this blog or one of our current clients. We always recommend that any mobile app developer checks out the newest equipment and the newest OS to see how they can use it to create a standalone app that makes the best use of the new features and capabilities or a piggyback app that works with a popular new app.
You Can Do It
If you ask the right questions, you could create the next “big” app. If you have an idea for a new app, Smarter Apps can help you bring your idea to life. For more information or to get started now, use the contact box on the right or call us today: 1300 650 253.