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Android Lollipop vs Android KitKat

What can Android Lollipop do that Android KitKat can't?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:32

Short Answer: Not much
Long Answer: This is device specific. Lollipop doesn't bring any new features that are apparent, except maybe WiFi connectivity check. All device manufacturers introduce their own UI on top of generic Android experience that ultimately dictates all UI features that are available to end user. Without necessary updates to take advantage of new Lollipop APIs phone will not perform or look any different. So it's ultimately up to phone manufacturer to provide necessary code changes in order to take advantage of all new features that Lollipop introduces. This will not be done via a rushed update targeting older phones.

About 99% of Lollipop UI features and changes are not new, but rather a rip off from various ROMs already available XDA.
If you already running custom AOSP based ROM most likely you already have all new UI features Lollipop has to offer.
If you are running manufacturer based ROM most of lollipop UI features will not be available because manufacturers tend to keep UI consistency between their phones.
All under the hood changes of Lollipop are not visible to end user and will take time for manufacturers to take advantage of. New phones released in the future will be based on Lollipop framework, but existing ones, most likely, will do a half botched job of implementing some of them.
Only devices that properly support Lollipop are Nexus line - Nexus 9 and 6.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 13, 2014 at 00:33

Here's a comparison of a Samsung Galaxy S4 with Kitkat vs one with Lollipop - there are also links describing Lollipop's main features ;)

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:32

Short Answer: Not much
Long Answer: This is device specific. Lollipop doesn't bring any new features that are apparent, except maybe WiFi connectivity check. All device manufacturers introduce their own UI on top of generic Android experience that ultimately dictates all UI features that are available to end user. Without necessary updates to take advantage of new Lollipop APIs phone will not perform or look any different. So it's ultimately up to phone manufacturer to provide necessary code changes in order to take advantage of all new features that Lollipop introduces. This will not be done via a rushed update targeting older phones.

About 99% of Lollipop UI features and changes are not new, but rather a rip off from various ROMs already available XDA.
If you already running custom AOSP based ROM most likely you already have all new UI features Lollipop has to offer.
If you are running manufacturer based ROM most of lollipop UI features will not be available because manufacturers tend to keep UI consistency between their phones.
All under the hood changes of Lollipop are not visible to end user and will take time for manufacturers to take advantage of. New phones released in the future will be based on Lollipop framework, but existing ones, most likely, will do a half botched job of implementing some of them.
Only devices that properly support Lollipop are Nexus line - Nexus 9 and 6.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 13, 2014 at 11:46

Thanks CT :)

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