Get to Know Android Lollipop
What's so special about this sweet new version of Android?
Lollipop is here and it brings a host of changed and new design features. Android continues to improve its feel and stability and it is a far cry from the gaudy green mess that was Gingerbread. Here are some of our favorite new and changed features included in the AOSP version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Google's new design guidelines are absolutely beautiful. With bold bright colors on white or muted backgrounds, not only does Material Design look great, but it is much easier to read and quite the improvement on the old HOLO guidelines. With the new design Android has finally caught back up to iOS as far as aesthetic. We can only hope that cell phone manufacturers decide to integrate the new guidelines into their individual roms.
Although individual user accounts have been available on Android tablets for quite some time, with the release of Lollipop they finally come to phones. With a few taps you can log into a guest account or another dedicated user account. Each account has its own settings, wallpaper, password, etc. This is great for those with kids, no more pesky accidental in-app purchases to worry about.
Google has updated the Android app switcher to use a interface akin to the card UI used in Google Now. Not only does it look a lot better, but some apps, such as gmail, will create multiple cards in the app switcher for each message you have open. This makes it a lot easier to switch from app to app without going through the hassle of having to reopen your mail.
Do Not Disturb
Android finally gets a native function similar to Apple's Do Not Disturb, entitled "Priority Mode". These settings let you set up times where certain apps will not use sound notifications, and is very customizable, even more so than iOS's Do Not Disturb.
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