Since its latest release on November 12th of the year, we all are now much familiar with what cool feature Google has added to the latest Android version “Lollipop”. With No doubt, the new Android v 5.0 “Lollipop” is the biggest released version of the Android with brand new gorgeous design called material design and so many cool features that can easily make you fall in love with “Lollipop”. From Screen pinning to notification control, Do Not Disturb Mode to Guest Mode and powerful file sharing feature “Android Beam”, there are many cool features in New Android 5.0 “Lollipop” that you can enjoy from the day first.
Among so many cool feature added in New Android L, here we collected and review 10 best features you probably never heard about. So take a deep breath and dive through the list of coolest features that we have dug out for you.
01. Lock screen notifications
Lollipop come with an exciting feature which give you full control to view and deals with the notifications right from your lock screen. You can swipe to dismiss, tap on screen to reply / respond to the notification or double tap to go to the relevant app. You can control which information should appear or hide by heading to setting –> Sound & Notification and set the sensitive information of notification from apps as “Redacted” to hide sensitive alerts
02. OK Google
Now you can talk to Google even if your screen is off and mobile on standby mode. Just say “OK Google” and your phone will wake let you to do voice search, get directions, send text messages and more. But this feature requires compatible hardware with digital signal processing support and work well with Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
03. Do not Disturb Mode
With this feature integrated in Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, you can control the kind of notifications alerts and the time when you want to stop them. Do not Disturb mode is a Notification control feature allow user to control the notifications alerts as and when they want. The same can be achieved with Priority App Notification feature but Do Not Disturb Mode let you set the time in a day where you don’t want to be disturbed by any notification alert. Just head to setting –> Sound & Notification and set Interruption as you want.
04. Tap and Go
Buy a new Smartphone and worry about the data, settings and apps on old Smartphone? Lollipop gives you control to transfer the data, apps and preferences from your old Smartphone to the new one with its new “Tap and Go” feature. The “Tap and Go” feature uses NFC (Near Field Communication) technology such as Bluetooth and allows your Smartphone to transfer all the details, Back-ups, Google accounts, wallpapers, widgets and feature apps to the new phone
05. Ambient Display
This cool feature integrated in Android 5.0 Lollipop is inspired by Motorola. Ambient Display makes your phone light up or displaying useful information whenever you get a new notification, pick your phone off your table or take it out of your bag or pocket.
But, once again, this feature requires a compatible hardware, OLED screen, to work and work well in Google Nexus 6 so far.
No need to buy or download a third party Flashlight app from Google Play Store as this feature is now added into the Android Lollipop to save your time and effort put on downloading a third party one. Since the Flashlight app is among the popular apps on Android thus Google decide to give its Android Lollipop customers a built-in one Flashlight app. To turn it on, just pull down the notification drawer and tap the top bar to turn on Flashlight. Once again your phone should have an LED flashlight alongside the camera.
07. Guest Mode
Thanks to Lollipop, Your android phone is now safe to give to your kid or your friend can make a call or check his email while your accounts, main profile and personal data will remain safe and untouched. With Android Lollipop, you can add or configure guest account on your phone as you want and can hand it over to your friends or children with no more worry about your sensitive data. Once done, just drag the notification drawer and tap “Guest” from user accounts to activate Guest Mode.
08. Pin Apps & Screen
Screen Pinning or app pinning is among the highlighted features of Android Lollipop which let you to limit someone to a specific app, share specific screen and restrict them to mess with your data, mail or contacts. If one of your distracted child or an annoying friend wants to play game or use a specific app, launch the game or app, pin it and hand your phone to your child or friend. Once pinned, your kid or friend won’t be able to leave the app and go to home screen or go back without entering pin code.
To “pin” your child or friend inside a single app, you first need to activate this feature by heading to Settings –> Security –> Screen pinning.
09. Android Beam
Android Beam is a powerful file sharing feature of New Android Lollipop which will let you to share files other then photo, piece of music or clip. Android beam make possible the sharing of almost anything between two devices easily, no matter how smaller or larger the file size is.
10. Predict and Save Battery
Last but not least, after all these hot and cool features, you may just run out of your battery. But don’t worry, new Android Lollipop has a built in feature to see how much battery is left and to save your battery timing. Tap on the battery icon to predict how much battery is remaining and activate Battery saving mode which can save your battery up to 15% and extends your device use up to 90mins, through minimizing the battery usage by vibration or background syncing.