First Android L screenshots

For the next version of Android, Google has made a number of visual changes: all part of its new ‘material’ design. Although you can download and run the developer (beta) version of Android Lollipop on your Google Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, it’s unwise if it’s your main smartphone or tabletAlso see: Android Lollipop offers remarkable battery life, but it's no faster than KitKat

If you just want to see what Android Lollipop looks like, we’ve taken a bunch of screenshots on our trusty Nexus 5 so you can compare how the new OS looks with KitKat. You can click on all of the images to see bigger versions. See also: iOS 8 vs Android Lollipop

In case you’re wondering, it’s called Android L because since the start Google has always used a codename for Android versions. It began with alpha and beta, then switched to sweet treats Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Éclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1), KitKat (4.4). Currently, the L version doesn’t have a name, but the rumours are it will be Lollipop or possibly Lemon (meringue pie).  

First Android Lollipop screenshots: Lock screen and home screen

The lock screen now shows notifications as cards, and prioritises them according to how important they are. Cards will pop up and disappear as various things happen, such as apps being updated, emails arriving and notifications from other apps. You can swipe left on the camera icon at the bottom to launch the camera app or upwards to unlock the phone. Swiping right on the phone icon takes you to the dialler.

The home screen has new icons at the bottom. From left to right these are back, home and multitasking. This isn't the default wallpaper, of course (that's in the background on the lock screen above).

Android Lollipop

 First Android L screenshots - lock screen home screen

KitKat 4.4.4

First Android L screenshots - KitKat lock screen home screen

First Android Lollipop screenshots: Lock screen and home screen

When you tap the apps icon on the home screen (the white circle with dots), you see the screen below, left. It dims the wallpaper unlike KitKat which has a black background. The apps and widgets tabs are gone - you just swipe left and right to flip between all your apps. The animation is the same as before.

When you tap the square multitasking button, you'll see a screen like the one above, right. This presents all the running apps as cards and you can swipe left or right to stop them. You can also tap on the X if you like, but swiping is much faster.

Android Lollipop

First Android L screenshots - apps screen multitasking

KitKat 4.4.4:

First Android L screenshots - KitKat app drawer and multitasking

First Android Lollipop screenshots: Notifications and settings

As with previous versions, you swipe down from the top to show notifications and settings. In Android L on a smartphone, the first swipe displays notification cards. These can be dismissed by swiping left or right (as can be seen in the screen on the right below). Or, you can tap them to switch to the app to which they relate.

First Android L screenshots - notification cards

Here's the KitKat 4.4.4 version:


A second downward swipe on Android L reveals the quick settings, pushing the notifications down the screen. As you can see, there's a brightness slider, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and screen rotation toggles, mobile signal strength (and carrier), plus shortcuts for Aeroplane mode, notifications, location settings and screen casting.

First Android L screenshots - settings

Here's KitKat 4.4.4 settings:

First Android L screenshots - KitKat settings

Back to Android Lollipop, you can dive into the main settings menu by tapping the cog at the top, which brings you to the redesigned settings menu above, right. This is much lighter and fresher looking than the old black menus. Below are just a couple of the new settings sub-menus for sounds, including Do not disturb settings.

First Android L screenshots - settings 2

KitKat 4.4.4's deeper settings:

First Android L screenshots - KitKat settings (DETAIL)

First Android Lollipop screenshots: Dialler and contacts

The new dialler continues the new look, and there's a new animation which is a circle rather than a square as before. It's subtle but feels more immersive somehow. Matching contacts appear at the top and you can tap on white space (well, off-white) to go to your list of contacts. The dialler icon stays at the bottom right so you can jump right back to it.

First Android L screenshots - dialler and contacts

The KitKat 4.4.4 dialler and contacts:

First Android L screenshots - KitKat dialler and contacts

First Android Lollipop screenshots: keyboard

The updated Google keyboard has a cleaner look, without separated keys (The KitKat version is on the right). The updated keyboard still has built-in Swype-style word entry and you can turn word prediction on or off.

 First Android L screenshots - keyboard

We'll add more screenshots to this article shortly. If you have specific requests, let us know in the comments below.