The new 5.0 Android build introduces Google's Material Design language - a complete overhaul of the visual flavour of Android with a flat, paper-like appearance, new transition animations, and an emphasis on a Google Now-like card system throughout. Naturally, Lollipop also boasts a selection of functionality changes, including a revised multitasking carousel, new lockscreena and security options, and much more besides.
One thing that is worth pointing out, however, is that most people –– like a serious, lion’s share-style chunk of people –– won’t ever see Material Design in all its glory. And the reason is custom Android skins, things like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC Sense. The majority of Android phones in circulation are not Nexus devices and most, save for Motorola devices, do not run anything close to stock Android. This has always been an issue for us at KYM, something we feel rather passionate about, and now, with the advent of Material Design, it just got a lot worse because this update is gorgeous.