Oct 21, 2014 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
A great deal of energy has been focused in discussing some of the new features of Google's new mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Most of the media and PR attention has focused on the "Material Design" UI, improved Gmail and improved apps & app support. It turns out there are some other pretty handy new things about Android 5.0 that are "less advertised," yet still deserve more than a courtesy eye-brow nod.
Here are five of the most notable features that you might not know are coming in Lollipop:
- Kill Switch - this is something that has received some media attention outside of Android 5.0 specifically. We knew that Google was planning to bring this to Android, but Lollipop is the feature's grand entrance. Kill Switch will basically allow users can remotely disable and/or wipe the information on their Android 5.0 device. They can also require a password whenever someone tries to reset the device.
- Lollipop can run on almost any Android device - this is uncommon knowledge, but it turns out that the latest version of Android is designed with a minimalist digital footprint in mind. Google is striving to reduce the dreaded "fragmentation" curse, and Lollipop was designed to work on nearly any Android capable device as long as it has a minimum of 512MB of RAM or more. Whether the various OEMs will take advantage of this remains to be seen.
- Priority Mode - This is a handy new organizational function built into Lollipop. With Android 5.0, you can now customize which notifications show up on your lock screen. Not only can you prioritize whether you want Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you can also even choose which contacts' calls come through. This functionality even includes a gaming/movie mode in which you can choose to include a smaller notification which will pop up at the top of the screen, instead of interrupting your entertainment.
- User Profiles - This is the same feature that Google originally implemented only on their tablets. It basically allows you to create separate user profiles on your device, so if you let someone else use it, they won't have access to your personal stuff. This feature will now work on Android phones as well as tablets. It has been enhanced even further though. It now includes a new feature which allows you to have a “home” and “work” profile which has different sets of data on a single device.
- Battery Life Saver function - This is definitely a little advertised new feature of Android 5.0. The OS has a built-in functionality which reduces your CPU load and display brightness when you are low on battery life. This will supposedly eke out up to another 90 minutes of time in those dire situations when you will need it before you can charge it.
These are only a few of Android Lollipop's newest functions that have flown a bit under the radar. Can you think of anymore?
Oct 21, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
One of the slickest new features included in Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't really new at all. In fact, it is obviously inspired by something that the Moto X could already do. The feature is called Ambient Display and it is basically just a fresh version of the sleep screen from the Moto X.
Basically, with the Moto X, the sleep screen will pulse when the device is asleep. This pulse displays the time, notifications for messages, emails, missed calls and more. Ambient Display mimics this concept and will be included in the Nexus 6. Reports indicate it will also show up in all versions of Android 5.0 once that starts pushing out OTA.
The pics above are two examples of the feature. Pretty slick!
Oct 20, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
The Googlers are famous for their numerous entertaining easter eggs they include in every version of Android. Their latest one merges the some interesting "flavors" into a playable game. They basically created a clone of the popular mobile game Flappy Birds, but instead of the "flappy bird" avoiding pipes, you have "Andy the Android" floating avoiding Lollipops. The only other difference is that this game plays from right to left, instead of left to right as in the OG Flappy Birds.
The above video shows how to access the Easter Egg. Obviously, only folks who have already downloaded the developer version of Android 5.0 on their devices can try it out, but very soon that will change once Google starts pushing the final build of Android 5.0 out to all phones. If you are a fan of Flappy Birds and Google's creative easter eggs, then this seems like a win-win for you!
Oct 17, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm
Not only did Google reveal the full pricing info for the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player, they also made all of these devices available on the Google Play Store for pre-order. Here are several links below to each of these devices and their prices.
Google Play Store - (Main Device Landing Page)
While that price for the Nexus 6 matches up with previous rumors, it does seem a bit steep. Then again, it is a very high-end premium device. What do you thing of these prices?
Oct 16, 2014 - 11:43 AM - by dgstorm
Google's new Android OS, version 5.0/Lollipop brings a ton of new features, functions and fixes to the table. Not only does it have a whole new Material Design UI overhaul, it also includes new security features and much more. For those curious about all of the new stuff they can find in Android 5.0, Google released a press doc that gives a full breakdown.
Here's a link to the full press release: http://www.droidforums.net/threads/a...akdown.275214/
Sound off and let us know what you are most excited to try out.
Oct 15, 2014 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier we showed off a cute video in which Google shared a teaser of the "audition" process for choosing which dessert would grace the Android 5.0 L final name. Obviously it turned out to be Lollipop, but it looks like Google decided to finish off the funny story by including how the final audition waiting room scene played out. It's worth a chuckle or two.
The video after that is a bonus. Google filmed the unveiling of the Lollipop statue for the Google offices' front lawn.
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