So everyone knows about the Android’s latest flavor – Lollipop, being launched. While only a handful of devices have actually received the update, it’s already being prepared with fast pace for other devices too. The update is considered as the most significant update to the Android operating system ever. So let’s check out the new features in Android Lollipop.
1. Material Design – this is by far the most noticeable change to the operating system. Material design incorporates simple, colorful yet elegant looking UI elements that take your phone’s looks one level up. Most of the existing apps have already been updated to use this new design and the rest are on their way.
2. New Quick Settings – The quick settings panel is completely changed. It not includes all commonly accessed settings. A single touch enables or disables features. It now also includes quick buttons for torch and casting screen. A new accessibility shortcut for ‘invert colors‘ is also available.
3. Notifications – Android Lollipop has completely revamped the notification system bringing cool looks with better usability. You can also view and interact with notifications straight from the lock screen. Want even more control? You can control each app’s notification individually and decide to block it or make it a priority and display on top. You can also set only priority notifications to bother you.
4. New Runtime – Android Lollipop introduces Android Runtime or ART as the default runtime. It’s a completely new runtime allowing apps to run 2-4 times faster than they did on Kitkat under Dalvik. It also brings support for 64 bit processors such as those found on the Nexus 9. ART also promises lesser memory consumption from background apps by compressing them.
5. Better Battery Life – with more efficient runtime the battery life definitely does extend. You can also view the time to full charge while charging in lock screen. The improved battery saver feature promises up to 90 min. of saved battery time when enabled.
6. New Camera API – One of the very important feature of Lollipop is the new camera API. The new API allows apps to directly access the camera sensor. It also brings support for RAM images in DNG format. This will definitely lead to some great 3rd party camera apps with full manual controls.
7. Always On ‘OK Google’ – you can now say ‘OK Google‘ from anywhere without even touching the phone. You can even call this while your device is locked, but this feature is limited to devices with digital signal processing support as the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
8. User Accounts – Just like on PCs you can now also create multiple user accounts on your Android phone with Android Lollipop. You can also create guest account for temporarily lending your device to someone without the risk of them gaining access to your data.
9. Screen Pining – With screen pinning you can lock the display to a single app. The home, back and overview buttons won’t let you out of the app. This is really useful when letting children or someone you don;t trust use your phone.
10. Security – Lollipop has many new features to enforce stronger security. Beginning with phone encryption, you can now encrypt your whole phone. This includes each and every data present on it. This feature will be useful for businessmen and other people who carry sensitive data on their phones. Then comes the feature that allows your wearable device to unlock he phone. If your phone get’s stolen the thieves won’t be able to unlock the device (unless he also stole the paired wearable device).
11. New Adaptive Brightness – Unlike Kitkat, Lollipop has a better way to manage adaptive brightness. You first set a base brightness level before turning adaptive brightness on. It then adjusts the screen brightness relative to that base brightness. This is useful for people for whole low brightness was just too low.
12. New Lock Screen – the new lock screen allows direct access to camera and dialer along with showing all (or enabled) notifications.
13. New Overview – Unlike Kitkat’s simple 2D list, Lollipop has a completely new super cool looking card flow layout for recent apps. You can elegantly swipe the cards up and down for scrolling or left and right for closing them.
14. New Contacts App – While Kitkat had separate phone and contacts app, both have been merged into a single, much better app in Lollipop. The new dialer looks cool and colorful. You can access speed dials, recent calls and all contacts by swiping left and right. The call screen has also been completely changed and looks much better now.
15. New Easter Egg – Lollipop contains a whole Flappy Birds clone game as an easter egg. To access sit go to Settings > About Phone and tap quickly on Android Version. Then hold on the lollipop image that appears.