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Android 5.0 Lollipop : 5 Things you need to know

Android 5.0 Lollipop : 5 Things you need to know

After being tons of teased for months and only available as a limited early developer preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, Tech giant Google has officially announced the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Android.

The newest version of Google Android 5.0 Lollipop aka Android L OS was first announced on 25th June and seeded to developers as a preview that could be installed on few selected Nexus devices. It was just a taste of things to come and it wasn’t until today that we learned what features will be included in the Android L final release. And there are quite a few of them, among which the most noticeable change is a fresh new user interface and Battery.

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop is expected to feature in the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as well as Google Play edition devices, in the upcoming weeks. Motorola phones should get the latest update before the 2015. Samsung & Other manufacturers are yet to announce their plans.

Google describes its latest release android version 5.0 Lollipop as the largest Android release yet, with more than 5,000 new APIs.

So what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop ?

Here are the 5 Things you need to know :

Material Design –  New look and feel

Material Design features simplified navigation icons, redesigned User Interface, blocks of muted color, and a flat, paper-card-style layered interface. The idea marries current naturalistic design trends with 3D elements for task management and adds smooth animation throughout.
The material design interface runs on multiple types of devices, including everything from your smartphone and tablet to your laptop and TV. The new interface supports elevation values, real-time shadows and lighting that gives a 3D appearance overall.

Security – Default encryption

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Security gets enhanced as well, as it comes with encryption turned on by default in order to protect the users data from being accessed.  It will secure your personal data SELinux module. Moreover a new Android Smart Lock feature, you can unlock your device automatically when a paired smartwatch or car is near.
Even more stronger security measure are included like location and Bluetooth locking. Which means your device is secure and unlockable unless it’s at a preselected location along with you, your paired wearable and even your thumbprint, if it sports a finger scanner.

Android Smart lock

It makes it easier to unlock your  android device without having to constantly enter a pin or pattern. Android smart lock secures your device or tablet by pairing it with a paired device like Android smartwatch or car.

Notifications

Android 5.0 Lollipop will now display your notifications on the lockscreen based on your priorities. You can view or dismiss notifications with a single swipe or reply without unlocking. Google has also added priority mode that will prevent selected applications from sending notifications. You can also activate quiet hours or make the system display notifications only from certain people.

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The notification panel now sports a much cleaner look. Quick Settings received a major overhaul. You can swipe down from the notification panel to quickly turn on and off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, location sharing, and much more.

The New Art Runtime & Performance Boost

Android 5.0 Lollipop aka Android L is the only version of Google’s mobile operating system that uses the new ART as default runtime. Google says it offers up to 4 times the performance while running the same applications which enables smoother user experience and improves multitasking by making background apps and services more memory-efficient.

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Another new thing in Android 5.0 Lollipop is the support for 64-bit processors that should allow for even better performance in the future :

  • Supports 64 bit devices that brings desktop class CPUs to Android
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores
  • Shipping 64-bit native apps like Chrome, Google Play Music, and more
  • Pure Java language apps run as 64-bit apps automatically

Project Volta boosts the juice – Battery Juice

Android 5.0 Lollipop aka Android L is expected to bring some serious battery optimization to your mobile devices via Google’s Project Volta. Battery life is very important and tech giant Google knows that. The Mountain view company engineers equipped its next release Android 5.0 Lollipop with a new feature called battery saver. This feature turns off some power-hungry features to help you get up to 90 more minutes of battery life.

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