November 7, 2014
If you are an Android lover and work in a mobile app development company, then you must have already heard about Lollipop, the new version of this cutting-edge mobile operating system. It was earlier codenamed as Android L and just a couple of weeks ago Google said it was launching two new Nexus devices, one Smartphone and one tablet with Lollipop. Very soon other top end Smartphones will start getting the updated version of Android OS and will be able to enjoy its features.
However, since none of the Nexus devices with Lollipop is available on the market right now, I am sure that you are eager to know what new features you will get once your phone receives the update.
Let’s take a look at Android Lollipop’s features:
Unified design: Google has applied “Material Design” principles to develop the new, enhanced user interface. Colours are now brighter, animations are smoother and there are tools for developers to build apps that maintain the same look on Web as well as on Android. Developers in mobile app development company can now create apps that look consistent on mobile, tab, wearable devices, cars and any other gadget that runs on Android OS.
Revamped notification system: Now you have the freedom to access notifications directly from the lock screen. You can also swipe down to expand the notifications panel or swipe up to unlock the display. Notifications will be sorted by Google considering their importance.
Do not disturb and priority mode: Do you hate the frequent, unimportant notifications pushed by several apps? Lollipop is giving you the opportunity to completely shut down the notifications indefinitely or as many hours as you select. This is a great feature when you are in a meeting or watching a movie. If it is not enough for you, you can set up priority mode. Once activated, your device will only notify you if certain people (specified by you from the contact list) try to contact you.
Modified quick settings: We already have a setting shade in Kitkat, but Lollipop offers more hardware control from the drop down settings shade. Now you can turn on your phone’s flashlight, Wi-Fi hotspot and many more other hardware features from the quick setting.
Wearable devices can be used for unlocking phones: Suppose you have locked your device using a PIN number or locking pattern and want to unlock it. If you are wearing an Android-powered Smartwatch, the phone will not ask you to enter the unlock code or pattern. Although, if you remove the authenticating device (Smartwatch), you need to enter the PIN number or unlock pattern.
Default encryption: If you think that Android Lollipop features are all about usability, then you are wrong. Google is giving high priority to data security and Lollipop is one of the safest versions of Android ever. Encryption is enabled by default in any device running the latest version of Android OS. So, if you ever lose your phone/tablet or someone steals it, data will remain safe. Developers working in any mobile app development company will welcome this feature as it enhances users’ privacy.
Multitasking is now “Recents”: The multitasking interface received a facelift and now it is called Recents. It comes with individual tabs in Chrome. The Recents UI flaunts a card style design and you can go through the cards with a swipe.
Share your phone: Do you have a Smartphone and your kid uses it when you return home? You will be glad to hear that Google extended multi-user support to Smartphones with Lollipop. Multiple users can sign into the same phone and get the personalized look and feel. This feature was earlier available to tablet users only.
“OK Google” works, always: This is one of the most exciting Android Lollipop features. If you purchase the new Nexus 6 or Nexus 9, you can shout “OK Google” even when your phone or tablet is switched off. Guess what will happen? The device will take actions as per your voice command. The good news is, this feature will be available for any Android device having digital signal processing support. It is a hardware related facility.
Pick up the phone to turn it on: Don’t envy the Moto X users anymore because now you can also pick up your phone and the screen will be active. While it is one of the most exciting Android Lollipop features, there is a condition attached. Your phone’s hardware must support it to act accordingly.
ART runtime is now default: Say goodbye to Dalvik engine because with the release of Lollipop, ART runtime is default now. The great news is that Google added support for 64-bit architecture. Thus, the performance of Android devices will be better. However, app developers working in a mobile app development company should know that the 64-bit architecture may hamper the compatibility with some apps.
Battery saving mode: Finally Google gave some tools to the app developers so they can check what is draining the device’s battery and schedule the tasks properly to reduce power wastage. There is a Battery Saver mode for end users as well. You can activate it manually or set the conditions for auto activation to get maximum standby time.
You should train the developers in your mobile app development company and make them aware of the new features of Android Lollipop. Take advantage of latest improvements to offer better mobile apps to your clients. Tell us which feature you liked the most in the comments section.
Amrita Chakraborty is a tech freak, info geek and a soft-spoken dedicated worker in an IT organization. Consult with the best mobile app development company for your new Android app like I did. Get expert help.