Google previewed ‘Android L’ at its Google I/O developer event in June, and since then, developers and consumers have awaited for the release of final version, which was finally announced on Wednesday as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Company also announces new device which runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop platform, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Since from the day Google announces the preview of Android 5.0,company added several new features before releasing of Final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.Following are the new changes that Google brought to its Android 5.0 Lollipop platform based mobiles and tablets.
Android 5.0 Lollipop features a cleaner, flatter design with a more fluid interface and animations.We saw the revamped navigation and status bar in the Android L preview, the status bar can be coloured or kept transparent (depending on the app) and features refreshed status icons. The ‘Quick settings’ menu has also been revamped, and includes new controls like flashlight, hotspot, cast screen controls and more. Also new is the toggle for location services. The recent apps menu or task switcher now appears like a stack of cards instead of a list of screenshots of recently open apps.
Google explains the new Material Design for Android 5.0 Lollipop as “A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices. Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device. Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention.”
Improved Notifications/ Do Not Disturb
Google has improved the Notification in his New Android 5.0 Lollipop.Now you can customize when and how you receive messages.You can view and respond to messages directly from your lock screen.Which Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications.For fewer disruptions,you can turn on Priority mode function via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or else you can also schedule recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get through.In this Lollipop version incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing.The Android 5.0 provides more intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.You can See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
Kill Switch and Improved Security
Android 5.0 Lollipop will come with an opt-in kill switch dubbed ‘Factory Reset Protection’, which will allow users to wipe out the device’s data on will. If a user activates this feature, they will be required to enter their Google login to factory reset the device and it will only work when the phone password is enabled.New Android version come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.You can also use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car.Other feature includes SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware
The Android 5.0 Lollipop has introduced new device sharing feature which includes features like multiple user and screen pining.Multiple users feature allows you to access any of your messages, photos etc by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop.The screen pining feature allow to pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff.
Google Also introduced A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.It also display the estimated time left to fully charge when the device is plugged in as well as also shows estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again.
Device set up
Google has introduced new ways for users to set up their devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users can instantly set up their new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it on their old device – though this requires NFC support. All apps from Google Play are also carried over on the new device, as long as the same Google account is being used.