Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.
While HTC’s Sense 6.0 software overlay is front and center, Lollipop is still noticeable. The home screen, widgets, and BlinkFeed remain untouched. The notification shade, though, is all about Material Design. Individual notifications are separated into their own card-like sections. The Quick Settings panel is flat with icons laying on top of it.
Above is what the multitasking experience will be like once the One (M8) gets Lollipop. Clearly, it mirrors the way Google intends multitasking to be on Android. Apps get their own unique tabs just like a web browser. While sliding between cards, the Google Search field appears at the top with an option for voice commands.
Another minor, yet important, item that HTC is including is a search bar that can return results for anything on the handset. This includes directions for using certain features or labeled photos lost in the mix.