Saturday, December 6, 2014

21 new Android 5.0 features you need to know about

Google recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop, the largest Android update to date. The updated version of the popular mobile operating system is slowly making its way to older devices. Here are the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop that you need to know about.

The new Material Design
The first thing you will notice after updating to Android 5.0 Lollipop is the redesigned interface. Google's "Material Design" brings a cleaner, lighter look to the operating system
A new lock screen
Notifications are now displayed directly on your device's lock screen.

Hide sensitive content in notifications
Not a fan of having everything front and center? Notifications can be disabled or set to hide sensitive content.
Head to Settings and click Sound & Notification, followed by the "When device is locked" option at the bottom of the page.


Hang a Do Not Disturb sign
The first time you change the alert volume on your device you will notice few new options just below the volume slider. These are part of a new featured called Priority mode.

Selecting "None" will disable all notifications, even your alarm clock. While "Priority" mode will show only notifications you have approved. Head to Settings, click Sound & Notifications and select Interruptions to approve select notifications.

Add Trusted Devices
You can set a Bluetooth or NFC tag as a "Trusted Device." When the device is in range of your phone, the security passcode or pattern won't be required to unlock it. To set this feature up, head to Settings, select Security, followed by Smart Lockand Trusted Devices.

Note that the Smart Lock option will only be available if a security lock, such as a pattern or a passcode, is enabled on your device.

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