BIRMINGHAM: Android 4.4 KitKat was already a Brobdingnagian update, but this year’s is no doubt Google’s most astronomically immense ever. We’ve kenned about Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update—previously kenned as Android L—for months now, and indeterminately the software is yare for public consumption. If you’re part of the Android faithful, chances are you already ken the ins and outs of what Google’s incipient update has to offer, but if you’re just exhibiting interest in the world of Android, we have a nice little tour to get you acquainted with the incipient software. Enough Lollipop goodness to spoil your dinner, that’s for sure.
The time conclusively arrived when our Android OS would get an expeditious makeover and offer us with either some simple; or extravagant changes. But are these vicissitudes going to make our lives more facile? Is Lollipop far advanced than Kit Kat? We check out some of the prominent changes that have been established in the latest update.
- Inbuilt Flashlight
It would always be puzzling as to why Google did not pin a flashlight in our notifications panel just like iOS has in its control center. Lollipop brings out that change. Without installing any third-party apps, users can simply utilize the flashlight by pulling down the notification panel. Ascertain your smartphone has an LED flash.
- Battery changes
Battery seems to be given priority in Android Lollipop. No longer do users have to lay wagers on how long their battery would last for. The incipient OS has two incipient and much needed features which were not available on Kit Kat. It shows you how long it would take to charge your phone and a diminutive graph showcasing how much time is left afore the battery runs out. After you have plugged in your phone for charge, your home screen will show you the time until full charge.
- Guest user
We all have people around us who lay their hands on our phones. Thankfully, Android Lollipop avails us with this issue. Just like different Users in Windows, Lollipop gives you the liberty to integrate guest users or even engender a profile for a friend/relative. This way, you can circumscribe the amount of information that others can view. You can integrate a guest by simply going to Settings – Users – Integrate Guest.
- Flappy Bird Easter Egg
If Flappy Bird wasn’t frustrating, Lollipop offers you a modified version of the game. Instead, here you have an Easter egg to unlock. Users can go to Settings – About phone and click an abundance of times and you will get the android robot in lieu of the bird.
- Notification panel
Needless to verbalize, the notification panel has been made too simple for the utilizer. It’s simplicity in design is the plus point. Unlike KitKat, the most utilizable feature integrated here is the ability to view your detailed notifications on your lock screen. Though this might be a quandary around work spaces if you leave your phone unattended, anyone can have an optical canvassing of your notifications albeit your phone is locked. It can be incapacitated by going to Settings – Sound and Notification – When contrivance is Locked – Don’t show notifications at all.
- Trusted Places
Trusted Places is a smart feature which has been added in to Lollipop. Though most of our phones have passwords, it would be a task to disable it when we enter familiar premises such as our car or home. Trusted Places is a feature where a user can declare certain locations as safe and they wouldn’t need to unlock their phones once they enter those spaces. You can set the location by heading to Settings – Security – Smart Lock.
- Soft key redesign
Soft key buttons receive a vicissitude in this update and it is a rather, a surprising change. The icons are more diminutive and look compact. A very simple yet congenial design.
- Multitasking Overview
Multitasking has thoroughly transmuted in Android Lollipop. The feature sanctions you to scroll through your notifications in a simpler manner. It is more facile and sanctions you to optically discern more details even afore you enter the app.
- Prioritize Mode
It can be super exasperating if your phone is filled with umpteen apps and throughout the day, you are bombarded with notifications. Lollipop gives you the liberty to prioritize your apps so that you can receive notifications from the ones you opiate. It works out impeccably during slumber hours as you can only receive notifications from paramount apps and not games or check-in notifications.
10. Quick access to Chrome cast
No desideratum to install any third-party apps once you have the updated your phone to Lollipop. There is an official app now from Google to solve our quandaries. For the people who love to stream media from dongles, it is as simple as going to the notification panel and taping on Cast Screen.