Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. One of the most prominent changes in the Lollipop release is a redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as “material design”. Other changes include improvements to the notifications, which can be accessed from the lock screen and displayed within applications as top-of-the-screen banners. Google also made internal changes to the platform, with the Android Runtime (ART) officially replacing Dalvik for improved application performance, and with changes intended to improve and optimize battery usage, known internally as Project Volta. Below are the features listed, Hope you like it.
Material Design – With Android 5.0 Google bought its most anticipated UI change that they ever made to their Android OS. Material design will ensure a consistent UI experience irrespective of the screen size (smartphones to television). The new UI design has features like fluid transition, Dynamic shrinking of elements, 3D appearances, intuitive designs etc.
Pick up where you left – This feature was first seen in iOS 8 and now with lollipop, this feature has come to the fingertips of android users. Now songs, photos, searches of one android phone can be accessed across any devices.
High-Quality Images – With Android 5.0 camera, users can shoot images in lossless RAW format. Also, a new camera app (L Camera) is likely to replace the default camera app of your device. L Camera will be packed with a range of features.
Battery Optimizations – The batteries running on Android 5.0 will be more efficient compared to its predecessors. With an inbuilt power saver mode, devices will get an extra 90 minutes of juice.
Smoother Experience – With Android 5.0 a new runtime environment is introduced ART (Android RunTime) replacing Dalvik VM. ART will ensure better app performance and responsiveness.
Tap and Go – With this feature Google gives you the power to restore all your files, apps, app data from your old smartphone to your new android 5 powered phone.
Search Option for Settings – This is the first time android has bought search functionality in the settings section.
Quick Toggles – The notification bar in Android 5.0 is totally redesigned. There is no secondary menu that used to store a whole lot of other toggles which in my opinion was pointless.
Flashlight – Now you don’t have to use a third party app for using this feature. With Lollipop, you get a flashlight toggle in the notification panel.
Stop Spammy Notification – Lollipop provides a super easy way to block all those unwanted notifications. A long press on the notification and from there you can take care of the app privileges.
Enhanced Lockscreen – Now you can get your notifications on your lock screen. For some, this feature can be extremely helpful but for some, it can raise serious privacy concerns. Thankfully, Google has given the option to turn off notifications from the lock screen. You can turn off your sensitive notification from Settings > Sound & notifications > When device is locked > Hide sensitive notification content and if you permanently want to disable notification from lock screen you can do it from Settings > Sound & notifications > When device is locked > Don’t show notifications at all.
Smart Lock – This is another great feature that comes down with Lollipop. What it does is, if you are a user who connects their devices regularly to other devices using Bluetooth or NFC, then using this feature will help you bypass the security challenge every time you connect the device. Well, you have to add the device as trusted on you lollipop device.
Priority Mode – Now chose your priority settings as per your need. One scenario can be, If you’re sleeping you can set the priority as only particular contacts can call or message you. Do check it out and see which settings suit your lifestyle.
Guest & User Accounts – Now while lending your phone you can make sure that your device only allows those functions which you intend to provide by configuring the guest account privileges.
Enhanced Clock App – It’s the little things makes all the difference. The clock app for Lollipop justifies it fully. The best thing about this app is it changes color according to the time of the day. Cool blue for early morning, purple through the day and finally settling on dark gray for the night.
No Full-Screen Calls – Now, if you’re using some app, the lollipop will make sure that when anyone calls you, your whole screen is not covered by the call notification.
Your apps will be alive after reboot – This is another interesting feature that comes with lollipop. After reboot, all the previously running apps (in inactive mode) can be seen within your recent tabs.
Color Correction Modes – There is a few percentage of the population that suffers from anomalous trichromacy. In simpler terms what it does is decreases the ability of one to perceive colors and color combinations. In Lollipop three modes are given for such users Deuteranomaly, Protanomaly, and Tritanomaly. The settings can be accessed via Settings > Accessibility > Color correction.
Don’t forget to check out the Easter – Google has gone to a whole new level with the hidden Easter in Lollipop. Go to Settings > About phone > Tap on Android versions 4 times in a quick succession and you will find a lollipop image and on clicking the image you’ll find an entire game. The game is called “Flappy Droid”.
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