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What Prominent Changes Does Android 5.0 Bring To Smartphones


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Android 5.0 is the latest version, which Google calls the Lollipop. This was unveiled on 25th June, 2014 and became officially ‘over-the-air’ (OTA) available for some selected devices only, run by Google. Some of these include Nexus, Samsung, HTC and other electronic devices that support the Google Play Store edition.

On 3.11.2014, finally the new update was released along with Nexus 9 (tablet), Nexus 6 (smartphone) and the set top box- Nexus Player. It is said that this new version has brought some prominent changes to the Android OS and has a user interface, redesigned using a responsive design language called the ‘Material Design’. Before we head on to what changes did Google bring to this new update, let’s rewind and know a little bit about Android.

Lollipop Is Android’s 8th Version

This is the eighth version of Android. The mobile operating system began its journey from 5th November 2007, which began with Beta 1.1.

*Android’s Birthday – Every year, Android celebrates its birthday on 5th November.

However, before Beta 1.1 was released, there were two in-house releases and a commercial version was released as Alpha or the Android 1.0 in the month September 2008.

Since the year 2009, all the other Android versions got a code name after confectioneries and that too in alphabetical order. Thanks to Ryan Gibson, the project manager, who was behind the idea. Lets have a look at the list of versions that got released so far:

Alpha 1.0

Beta 1.1

Cupcake 1.5

Donut 1.6

Eclair 2.0 – 2.1

Froyo 2.2 – 2.2.3

Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7

Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6

Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.4

Jelly Bean 4.1-4.3.1

KitKat 4.4-4.4.4

Lollipop 5.0

What Does Android Lollipop 5.0 Bring To Your Smart Phone?

  •  An Inbuilt Flashlight

This is something which anyone would find in the new version. There is no need to download a third party app anymore, since you can now pull down your notification panel and use an inbuilt flashlight. Just make sure your smartphone comes with a LED flash.

  •  Better Battery Charging Guidance

Battery drainage has always been a problem for all smartphone users. However, Android’s Lollipop comes with two features, which was not available in the previous updates. When you connect your phone with the battery charger, you can now find a notification on the home-screen, telling you the amount of time left before your device is fully charged.

There is also a small graphic display to notify you how much charge you have, before it drains out completely. In this way, you can manage your charging system and prevent from rapid battery drainage.

  •  Separate Guest User Profile

Your phone is visited by many users and there is always a risk of your personal files falling into the wrong hands. Now, with Lollilop 5.0, you can solve that issue, since you can create a separate profile for your friend and relative. Just go over to your phone’s settings and click on the ‘User’ option. From there, you can select ‘Add Guest’ and start for an individual profile.

  •  Advanced Notification Updates

Now you can directly view your notification updates without having to go through the trouble of unlocking every time you get notified. If you don’t want to have this feature, you can disable it by going to the Settings option.

  •  Smart Lock Feature

The new version comes with a smart lock feature, which automatically unlocks your phone’s security once you enter an ambiance you can trust. You can go to the ‘Security’ option that falls under the ‘Settings’ and then ‘Smart Lock’ your phone according to the areas of your choice.

  •  Prioritize Your Apps

You might have installed a number of apps on your phone but the annoying part is when your phone buzzes every time you receive a notification. Android’s Lollipop lets you mark only those apps, from which you want to receive notification.

There are several other features that have come up with the new 5.0 version. With a simpler notification panel design, user experience has improved and become pleasantly sophisticated.

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