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Key Lime Pie: 5 New Features for Android 5.0

Authored by: Nico Heister — Apr 5, 2013

As we wait for Google's yearly I/O developer’s conference, it's exciting to think of what new discoveries will be brought to the table. Since Google with Android 4.1 came out last year, it's very probable that this year they will be delivering Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. We've made our own predictions about five different features that this update just might be boasting.

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Our Nexus 5 mockup would definitely come with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie© AndroidPIT

1. More Project Butter for even fluider animations

Google first released Project Butter with Android 4.1, which really made a difference in the system performance. Since then, the entire system has been working a lot more smoothly, coincidently just like butter. Android 4.2 brought further improvements, but personally I think it could get even better. I'm absolutely positive that with its version 5, Android will be further polished and will get rid of the remaining annoying stutters.

2. More control over the user profiles

Ever since Android 4.2 came about, you can now set up more than one user account on your tablet. On the downside, it lacks important setting options. This doesn't allow you to determine one user profile specifically for certain apps. A clear split between private and work profiles Blackberry-style would be a positive step for Android.

3. Consistent news with ''Google Babble''

Google Talk, SMS, Google+, Google Voice....The list of Google's various news services is very long. Thankfully, the company is already working on Google Babble, which will centralized all news feeds and notifications. It looks like Google Babble could be presented along side Android 5.0 and then later on, it might be offered to older Android versions as an app.

Google Babble will ensure for better notification and news organization. © 9to5google

4. Improved widgets for the lockscreen

Ever since Android 4.2 came to be, you can now put widgets on your lockscreen. However, you can't just use any widget and are restricted to using only the lockscreen-developped ones, like the popular DashClock for example. Switching between widget pages is also not set up that well. This could possibly change with Android 5.0, where Google could provide widgets with more functions. This would allow for all important information to be placed in direct view, without first having to unlock your device or swiping your lockscreen.

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DashClock is one of the most popular widgets for lockscreen. © Google Play Store

5. A brighter user interface

With its current versions, Android has retained its usual design. On the other hand, with Google Now and even Play Store getting a cleaned-up facelift and I think that Android 5.0 will follow suit. It might just drift away from dark colors and adopt a brighter and friendlier look that appears more complete, giving the system a more homogeneous feel. I'm actually quite happy with how Android looks at the moment, but this is just a logical step forward. What’s more, the brighter look will most likely appeal to more users than the present black and blue variation.

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Google Now and a leaked picture of the new Play Store shows you in what direction Android 5.0 might be heading © AndroidPIT,

What do you think? What new functions and features will Android 5.0 adopt and which ones should be kicked to the curb?

Nico Heister fell in love with Android when he bought the Motorola Milestone back in December 2009. He is passionate about hardware, software and all sorts of technology. He is curious about new things and is always on the lookout for new apps and gadgets. He is known for drinking too much coffee and sleeping too little. In his free time, he enjoys a good movie and long walks on the beach. The last part isn't true.


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  • Pervez Nippani Jun 4, 2013 Link to comment

    Please provide a provision of moving apps from sdcard to extsdcard
    As i have brought samsung galaxy grand it has only 4gb inbuilt space and i cant move the apps a kind request to u

  • Christa Joe May 8, 2013 Link to comment

    I wish the last mention about the features to be true. Google need to bring in some lively and bright colors for impacting the psyche of users. Moreover, bright colors projects a more friendlier look and are good to view and are eye pleasing.

  • David H. Apr 11, 2013 Link to comment

    I totally agree, bypass the carriers with their spam apps and give us more timely updates, with the ability to remove crapps without root access.
    It would be pretty easy to add them to the data partition instead of root, where they can be removed like the cankerous sores that most carrier apps are.

  • John Reagan Apr 10, 2013 Link to comment

    I'd like to have Google set up a means of removing pre-installed crapware. All these other features are totally unnecessary.

  • Mike Thibeau Apr 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Things I'd like to see added... Google insist that the companies (Samsung lg htc) make the updates available directly to the users and skip the carriers all together. You know, like how apple does it, or at least give us the option.

    I think I miss that most since converting.

  • Matej Apr 10, 2013 Link to comment

    A brighter user interface - white is nice. but i all stuff set to black theme because i have oled and i want save energy...:P

  • Marvin Cleaver Apr 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Nice review! I think the writers for AndroidPIT have insightful articles. True they are sometimes biaised, but not all. I guess it's all about freedom of speech.

  • Christopher Co Apr 10, 2013 Link to comment

    I hope your right. I wanted to have the option of dark theme for oled screens.

  • David H. Apr 9, 2013 Link to comment

    I hope they don't waste too much time changing the appearance, unless there are options for dark or light themes.
    I spent a lot of time tracking down and testing APKs for email, contacts and SMS with dark themes for power saving and so it's easy on the eyes in low light.

  • David McKay Apr 5, 2013 Link to comment

    4:20 ;-)