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Back when Google was unveiling Android 5.0 Lollipop for the first time, referred to as Android L initially, it showed off a new design language for the system as well as the applications called Material Design. Its a complete visual overhaul of the Android operating system on mobile devices and it really does look good. Some apps have already been updated with Material Design elements but it turns out Samsung devices which have as yet not been updated to Lollipop might have trouble running this Android applications.

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Samsung hasn’t updated any of its devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop yet but it is expected to roll out the update soon for its flagship devices. Material Design applications, such as those Google apps that have been updated, are already available for download.

Devices that are powered by older versions of Android are capable of running apps updated with Material Design’s bright colors and three-dimensional user interface, but according to well known Android developer Koushik Dutta, these apps are likely to often crash on Samsung’s smartphones and tablets.

Samsung’s devices may face this issue because in the framework or class path they run older versions of android support library. The company does have in its power to fix this problem, updating devices to Lollipop will also put an end to this, but users can themselves fix app crashes by renaming internal classes using ProGuard which is a program used to optimized Android apps.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Android 5.0 Lollipop and Samsung.

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