A few months ago, Android L (henceforth known as Lollipop) was announced. Now with the launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official. It will be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks. There are a lot new features and designs to run through and we've whittled it down to the 10 best.
One of the most recognizable changes with Android 5.0 is a complete design what Google is calling Material design. Now Android is much bolder, more colorful and more respnsive that ever before. Elements can dynamically shrink and expand, there's more white space between elements and gives a 3D appearance overall.
Lollipop will support devices with different screen sizes. According to Google, it is designed to be flexible, so that it can work on all your devices and customized for your needs including wearables such as smartwatches, TVs and cars.
Lollipop improves the way you receive new information. You can choose what messages are most important, hide sensitive content and even select people that receive special priority. Notifications will no longer interrupt you, enabling you to choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you're doing.
Battery Life can be extended by up to 90 minutes by upgrading to Android 5.0. It also will tell you an estimated time left to fully charge and an estimation of time left before you need to charge you device again.
New Lollipop devices will come with encryption automatically turned on to protect data. There's also SELinux enforcing for all applications, which means Android will better protect against viruses and malware. Plus, a new Android Smart Lock feature secures your phone or tablet: pair your device with another trusted device like an Android wearer smartwatch and only unlock when the two are paired.
Android 5.0 Lollipop allows for multiple users for one phone. That way, if you forget your personal phone at home or the battery dies, you can just log into a friend's Android smartphone (as long as it's on Lollipop too) and access any of your messages, photos, and contacts. However, Facebook or personal pictures can't be shared. A feature called screen pinning will let you pin one screen, so that another user only has access to the content on that specific screen and can't see your other stuff.
Like all OS updates, there are minor improvements on the camera, video and audio experience, along with better multitasking and performance. Overall, Android 5.0 Lollipop provides a smoother user experience, more usable apps and services.
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