The flatness seen in
KitKat is still present and correct, but it comes with a twist: realism.
Animation is going to play a big part in the new design, and Android
Lollipop will adopt real-time shadows to give its interface more depth
and make it look a little more dynamic. The shadows are there because
Android Lollipop will make much more use of layers in the UI, allowing
developers to do all kinds of visual customisation within their apps.Another
big change is that the famous Android "soft" buttons have been given a
face lift, and look even more stylish than before - even if they do call
to mind the symbols we used to see on our old VCR players. Android
Lollipop is clearly an update on the existing KitKat style, but Google
is embellishing it with new visual tricks to make things even more
alluring. From what we've seen, it strikes us as massive improvement
over the often flat and uninspiring Android 4.4.