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Not too long ago, Google officially announced Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android Lollipop is going to be a big thing for a lot of reasons. For one, it is the first OS launch that Google has used an “open-book” policy for. That means that Google let developers have early access to the beta form of Lollipop, and their feedback helped drive Google to further improve the system. Not only is it this practice new to Google, it is new to the entire telecommunications industry. Thanks to this method, Lollipop is now the most important Android update ever, and it will undoubtedly make Android the superior OS.
While Lollipop will only be available on the new Nexus devices at first, it will steadily make its way to other Android phones, phablets and devices. To prepare you for the new launch, here are all the major things changing with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
LOLLIPOP BRINGS A BEAUTIFUL NEW LOOK AND POWERFUL SYSTEM
Android Lollipop, in all honesty, is very pretty. It uses the standard range of colors Google uses for all of their other services, but the minimalist style (which is what they are calling it), adds a lot of beauty to the system. Set-up (as seen on this video) is now colorful and even more streamlined. Replacing the dull blacks users look at upon set up, they can now get a preview of what the whole system has to offer. The system also has improved keyboard interface and the sharpened images make it that much cooler and easier to focus.
The system has also gotten a whole new overhaul. Speeds have been improved, with Google claiming up to 4 times the performance from other versions. Background apps and services have also been compacted, meaning you can do more on your phone/tablet at once. Lollipop will also allow users to back-up information from their old devices simply by tapping them together during setup.
NEW AND IMPROVED NOTIFICATIONS DELIVER ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
The new and improved notification settings is what makes Lollipop a truly great system. For one, messages will now appear directly on your lock screen, similar to the way they do on iOS. Unlike iOS though, with Lollipop, users can respond to messages directly from the lock screen. They can also adjust settings to hide sensitive information, which is something useful and time-saving.
Lollipop also draws some ideas from the Windows Phone OS, namely the Priority mode. Like Windows’s Cortana, Lollipop allows users to set up times when they do not want to receive notifications. Users can make it possible for certain notifications to get through at these times, so they don’t miss anything important. Lollipop is also more advanced because it will automatically rate notifications based on their importance without any input from the user. It is truly an OS that strives to learn about its users.
LONGER BATTERY LIFE MEANS LONGER ENJOYMENT
Google has also taken major strides to improve battery life. Lollipop will now automatically include a battery saver mode that can extend your phone’s life by 90 minutes. While charging, users will also be able to see the estimated time it will take to complete. In other words, users will see a time estimate as opposed to the battery’s life percentage. The battery settings will also give users an estimated time before they need to charge their phone again.
These are all the big changes Lollipop will bring, but they only begin to scratch the surface. Stay tuned to TechVise in the coming weeks as we discuss the new Nexus devices and more on what Lollipop has to offer.