Less than 3 hours to the Google I/O, and we already know that they will be presenting the next version of their operating system, Android 5.0 ''L'', as confirmed by Sundar Pichai yesterday. Now, a new rumor has emerged about the design of the new user interface, more specifically the Quick Settings and notifications, that will be previewed at the Google I/O. To hear about the rest of the Google I/O rumors, both pending and confirmed, check out our Google I/O article on what to expect at the Google’s biggest event of the year.
Quick Settings: Google makes it slicker with more functions
A few weeks ago, we talked about the possible changes that Google would be making for the next version of Android, some seemed feasible, while others a bit far off, but now we have a better idea of what to expect. For one, Google seems to be working on a much slicker quick settings menu which you get in the notifications shade as well as more functionality. For example, instead of bringing you to the settings to change the WiFi settings for example, (other than on/off) you can do more right from there, cutting down on the number of steps to get things done. When pressing on WiFi a new pane would open up with all the networks, for battery, you’d get the percentages and battery usages of the moment. Space wouldn’t be an option considering that each pane would close to let another open. There is also a more button that will appear in the pane for each option, which would bring you to the further settings options for that function.
Notifications go Google Now
The way notifications appear on your Android will also receive a complete re-design if the mentioned rumors are true: when you pull down the notifications shade, it will now be shown as a dark overlay through which you can still see your wallpaper. Then you’ll get your notifications in a Google Now card-like format, and then if the user needs to gain access to quick settings, they’ll tap on the top darker bar (which displays the settings cogwheel icon, battery status (optional) and of course your user profile picture from your Google+ account) to gain access to the quick settings, and the notification cards get sent to the bottom.
There also seems to be a new bell icon feature that had already appeared before yesterday in the screenshots with the L. At first I thought this was the icon for the alarm clock, but others are saying something different: it apparently represents a heads-up message for pending notifications so that you aren’t interrupted in what you are doing. Apparently, this also means that the notifications can be interacted with while doing something else, and they’ll just pop up for a few seconds before fading away or being swiped away.
There will likely also be new colors for the quick settings bar, from a light, middle and dark grey, mint green and a bold orange. These are rumored for the toggles and sliders, and it will be nice for them to add a bit of color.
What do you think so far? Are you happy about the possible changes or were you hoping for more?