Google has launched its android version 5.0 – Lollipop. This time Google took a different approach, instead of organizing the launch event, company posted details as blog post on android sites. Altogether, the new android version offers some really cool features but we have collected 12 of the best and clever features that might help you decide switching to the latest version.
1. Guest Mode
You can make multiple user accounts on Android but now a new option called “Guest Mode” is available. This mode creates a clean, safe and disposable work-space which anyone can use. It is available for both phones and tablets.
2. Pin Applications
Lollipop has a new feature where there is an option to pin an app in the multitasking view. When you pin an app, you cannot leave without the pass-code. This means you can launch a game and hand over your phone to your kid without worrying that they will meddle with important stuff.
3. Face Unlock
Google has tweaked face unlock feature in Lollipop so that it works fast and smooth. This feature did not work well in previous versions. Face unlock features runs silently as you power on and by the time you see your locked screen notifications, it has already unlocked the phone.
4. Tap And Go
“Tap and Go” is the new feature which helps you connect to you old android phone via NFC. Your old android phone will send all the details that you want to be installed on your new phone via bluetooth.
5. Lock Screen Notifications
Android Lollipop will put notifications right on your lock screen where you can archive an email, tap reply, expand notifications and so on. You can also set important or sensitive apps to not to display notifications on lock screen.
6. Ambient Display
This feature displays bits of information at a time instead of turning on the whole screen. For now, it is nexus 6 specific feature only.
7. Priority Mode
“Priority Mode” lets you choose apps which can still disturb you (while the rest won’t bother) for a set duration. It will go back to normal mode after the set duration so that you won’t have to remember to switch it off.
8. Double Tap To Wake
You can just double tap the lock screen to wake Nexus 9 tablet.
“Overview” is the multitasking view where each app is a big card, stacked up and you can scroll through the apps. The best feature is that any app can create multiple cards e.g. you can compose a new email and still check your inbox in another card.
10. Quick Settings
The Quick Settings have been improved and made smarter such as volume and brightness sliders.
11. “Ok Google”
You can wake up your phone simply by saying “Ok Google” even if it is in standby mode. You can then use voice to search, send texts and more. So far, it is supported on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
12. Material Design
There are a range of new designs available such as Red lipstick, red overlay, orange sweater, orange overlay etc