Google recently held its annual I/O event, which is usually where all the goodies for the next year are announced, and there, everyone got a sneak peek at what the next version of Android will bring.
Known simply as "Android L", because the type of sweet following Kit Kat is not known yet to us, Android is scheduled to be getting a facelift after a long, long time.
The user-interface now has been an evolving face of Android since the first version was released. My first experience with Android was 1.6 Donut, but it was quite bad until Android 2.0 Éclair came along.
Two other major differences that you can expect with the next Android version is the improved notifications system, and a better multi-tasking ability.
Android L is done based on Google's "Material" design concept inspired by basic shapes and paper sheets.
One change that I like the most is the three bottom buttons: a Triangle pointing left, which is your back button; a Circle in the middle, which is the Home button; and a Square which is likely the multi-tasking button as Google has said many times the later versions do not need a menu button.
The second thing I enjoyed looking at the most is the colours that make the operating system.
There are a lot of pastel colours, and the new dialer has huge blocks with brightly shaded colours and some light animation throughout.
Same goes with the calculator (the cosmetic changes haven't been made throughout the entire OS yet) which is really bright and actually very pleasing to look at.
With the Multi-tasking button, Android has also incorporated Google Chrome's tabs into each multi-tasking window (do you need more reason to be using Chrome on your device?).
And this probably means you will have a lot more tabs in your multi-tasking screen, but it could end up being a more productive change.
The notification has also been arranged into a rolodex, which shows a bigger and clearer picture of just what you were looking at on the other screen.
With Android L, you can also get quick access to your notifications even on the lockscreen. It behaves like your swipe down notification in the sense that you can dismiss it by swiping it right/left, or you can immediately enter the app.
Under the Surface
Android L is boasting a lot of battery saving features, and one of them is the ability to estimate how long until your phone is charged or when it will be depleted. I'd like to add that LG's G2 already has this, as well as the latest G3 flagship.
Another feature that Android L is bringing into the fray is an adaptive auto-brightness, which surprisingly is also available on the LG flagships.
What it is, is an automatic brightness setting that is also manual. So you can manually set how bright exactly you want your screen to be on a normal basis, but it still has the ability to auto-dim or brighten the phone's screen.
Other software improvements also bring an easier-to-use Android Beam. The Near Field Communications (NFC) based feature previously required you to go to the file you want to share, bring phones together, tap screen and then it shares.
Now, you can "pre-load" or pre-select the file you want to share first, then tap both phones together to begin the transfer. Much easier to be done.
Android L will also be bringing the "Okay, Google" to toggle your phone on/off even when it is in sleep mode, and can take commands via voice recognition.
And there are times when you'd be looking for a menu item, such as a network's APN Setting, for example, but now you can easily type in the setting you are looking for.
Basically, Android L is going to be an inside-out upgrade, which will bring you an upgraded user experience because of the visuals, and also, because of the number of user-bility upgrades.
Whether it be a Lollipop, Licorice, or Lava Cake, I'm sure you're bound to Love it.