Top 10 things to know about Android 5.0, Lollipop

KRUNAL TAILORFreelance Mobile Developer
Google last year announced on June 25, 2014 about Android new version, The newest version of Android mobile operating system, available now named as an “Android 5.0 Lollipop”. Android Lollipop launched on 12th November, 2014, and with it came a lots of improvements and new features for selected devices such as Samsung devices, Google’s Nexus devices, Sony devices, Motorola devices, and HTC devices and many more. The Android Lollipop includes a list of exciting new features, but there are a few things you simple need to try after you install on your device. Take a look at the some of the most exciting features and examine the 10 most important things, about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

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Set up your Guest

guest-mode.pngIt is unwise to share your phone with friends and relatives, but Lollipop's new Guest Mode makes it easy for you. Guest mode helps you to share your device without fear of personal data loss. To turn it on, open the notifications from the top of the screen, tap on your account avatar, and select Add guest from the menu.

Pin your apps

Pin apps is part of the device-sharing system. Once you have enabled guest mode, you can restrict access to your apps and information with other users by pinning items to your private account. Android 5.0 Lollipop lets you pin a specific app to the home screen. You can turn it on this feature from Settings.

Battery Improvements

Google has put a lot of effort into improving battery llife. Lollipop tells you the remaining time for fully charging your device when plugged in, and tells the remaining time left on your device before you need to charge again. Going to Settings and selecting Battery will give you the remaining time of how much longer your battery will last. Battery Saver mode will boost uptime by up to 90 minutes, which helps if you’re far from a power outlet. To turn it on, tap the menu button and select Battery saver.

Tap and Go

tap-go.pngTap and Go is used for near field communications devices. Tap and Go lets you set up your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one. It synchs your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices. It also moves all of your Google Account details, configuration settings, wallpaper and Widgets.

Set up your Priority

priority-mode.jpg Lollipop lets you set the priority of notifications. Priority mode will stop alerts based on settings of your choice, and will allow only the most important alerts or notifications from important applicationss. Priority mode is similar to Silent Mode. To turn on Priority mode, click your device’s volume button so only specific notifications come to your device.

Material design

Lollipop uses the Material Design interface across devices it runs on, and you will see that once you update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google's "Material Design" brings shades, rich colors and a responsive user interface to Android devices. New colors, edge-to-edge improvement, light and shadows make the UI easy to use.

Add trusted devices

Users can set their device to "Trusted Device" via Bluetooth or NFC. The device will automatically turn off the security pattern on your Android device when it's nearby. This means you don't have to unlock the device when you're driving car or at home. To turn it on go to Settings, select Security then Smart Lock and Trusted Devices. Smart Lock is only be available once you set the pattern or passcode for your device.

Quick Setting

quick-setting.png With the Lollipop update the Quick Settings menu is also improved. The Quick Settings slider allows you to control the flashlight, adjust the brightness, WiFi, Bluetooth and screen rotation.

Overview of Apps

This feature is adapted from Apple iOS. In older Android versions all your open apps disappear once you switch off your device. Now, Lollipop allows you to start where you left off. Apps will be available on the Overview screen, so you can quickly get access to your work, songs, photos, and even recent searches.

Google Fit

Google Fit is a health kit API for Android device that launched about the same time as Lollipop, but supports Android 4.0 and above. Google Fit is a competitor to Apple's Healtkit, sensing data about the user's fitness from a mobile device or smart watch. It will keep a record of physical activities like cycling, running or walking.

Additional features added in Android Lollipop

  • Added 15 new additional languages and now supports 68 languages.
  • Enhanced colour-blind capabilities.
  • ART improvement for faster and easy use.
  • Improved keyboard for support several languages.
  • Nexus device feedback.
  • Improved graphics, video and camera capabilities.
  • Play Flappy Bird clone on new Android version as an Easter egg App.
KRUNAL TAILORFreelance Mobile Developer

Comments (3)

Thomas Zucker-ScharffSenior Data Analyst

I guess the same things I mentioned about Alexa's article on the 10 things to know about lollipop apply here as well.  Many of these seem to apply to new devices with lollipop installed or at least your device, but not with my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 updated to lollipop just recently.
KRUNAL TAILORFreelance Mobile Developer
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@Thomas Zucker-Scharff

Thank you for your comment. I think there might be an issue with the Verizon lollipop build, though i am not sure. But heard  about verizon lollipop build issues.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSenior Data Analyst

So is it only with verizon? What device are the pictures in your article from? Which service?

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