Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 Walkthrough: What’s New in Lollipop

For those that want to see what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop you can see the changes in our 5.0 vs Android 4.4 KitKat walkthrough below. This is a comparison of Android 5.0 Lollipop vs Android 4.4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 6 from 2014, and the Nexus 5 that was released in 2013 with stock KitKat. It’s worth noting that Google’s since released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and in December a quick update to Android 6.0.1 as well.

This Android 5.0 walkthrough shows off some of the new features and looks integrated into Android 5.0, many of the visual changes and much more. Users will want to check out our Nexus 6 review as well to see all the neat new animations and effects in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Here we’ll show you how it compares to the older software you are used to.

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The Android 5.0 Lollipop release date arrived on November 3rd with the Nexus 9 launch, and roughly a month later Google finally started pushing out updates to Nexus owners. Many carriers and manufacturers quickly pushed out updates for smartphones and tablets, not to mention changes by Google themselves, and we’re now currently on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which looks mostly like stock 5.0 shown here, but with some small changes.


As many of you probably know, the Android 5.0 update is completely free, and users will simply needed to wait for manufacturers to integrate all the changes in Android 5.0 to their software for each respective device, then here in the United States carriers pushed out over the air updates to millions of smartphone owners.

This makes Android updates a lot slower than others, like the iPhone, where everything is handled by Apple, but most flagship devices typically get updates extremely fast, which was the case for many devices from Samsung, Motorola, and LG. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 came with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, and have now since been updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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You’ll notice with Android 5.0 Lollipop Google has made a lot of changes. Both with the look and feel, animations and effects, and the size of icons. Everything is more simple, bold, easier to understand, and extremely smooth. This is one of the biggest redesigns in Android history, so check out our visual slideshow below for a comparison of Android 5.0 Lollipop vs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

[contextly_sidebar id=”pIN8DHbRd840nZtKcbeXiYKmO5oHrJvm”]It’s worth noting that everything you see below is pure stock Android delivered right from Google. This is the experience buyers will enjoy on any Nexus device and most Motorola smartphones as of late. Those with an LG, HTC, Samsung, Sony or other manufacturers will have a similar feel, but look different as most manufacturers put a skin or overlay on top of stock Android.

Google changed the lockscreen, how notifications work and are managed, the notification pulldown bar, redesigned the settings menu, added bright colors and neat animations to button taps or icon selections, and vastly improved the “recent apps” menu, also known as the multitasking option. This is a new card-style UI that looks great, and is easy to use.

Without talking about it all too much, enjoy the slideshow below. Here we’re showing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 6, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat using a stock version right from Google on the aging Nexus 5. Many of the core apps you use daily (Gmail, Maps, Play Store, Calendar, etc) are all the same as Google’s updated them through the Play Store, but the walkthrough below is still a good way to see what’s new, and how things have changed and progressed.

You can click on any of the images below to instantly jump to that image in the slideshow and see how that part of the OS compares to previous versions. Android 5.0 Lollipop will always be on the left, while Android 4.4 KitKat is on the right.

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

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Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

 With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google has slightly improved the lockscreen. There's now a shortcut to the dialer by swiping left to right, and notifications are more useful and interactive. Shown right on the lockscreen they can be swiped away, slide down to expand, or double tap to instantly unlock right into that app or notification. Everything is simple and smooth, and we still have full-screen album artwork on the lockscreen while playing music.

The quick shortcuts and improved notifications will come in handy for all users.

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