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Android Lollipop rolls out with sweet design focus – today’s Open Thread

Designing the perfect Lollipop? Strawberry and sherbert, and it should be the size of my face, please.

But no, Google’s latest post on its Official Android Blog is less about sweets-on-sticks and more about Android Lollipop, the latest version of its smartphone and tablet software.

It started rolling out to devices this week, and colleague Sam Gibbs has already put the new software through its paces with a five-star review:

Lollipop is a complete visual overhaul of the standard Android look, making it a much smoother, more coherent and connected experience – a big step up compared to previous iterations of Google’s software.

It is also faster, lighter on battery and adds a lot of what third-party manufacturers have had to manually bolt on to their customised versions of Android.

Google’s blog post focuses on the design aspects of Lollipop, particularly the way its “material design” aims to be “one consistent design language flexible enough to span devices across mobile, desktop, and beyond”.

Is the company onto something? If you’re using Lollipop already on one or more devices, how are you finding it, and do you think material design will deliver on Google’s promises?

What new features are looking most useful, and what would you like to see added in future updates? How do you think Android Lollipop stacks up compared to Apple’s iOS 8? The comments are open for your views.