Before continuing this review of Lollipop, I need to say that this review was made on top of the previous version of Android 5.0 for Nexus 5 and some functions may change until the final version of OS arrives. Similarly, errors and instabilities presented during this test should not be regarded as bugs in the new version.
That said, it should be noted that what we have previously reported about the so-called "Android L" has changed both in relation to the UI and features of the new OS. There are small changes everywhere, and when combined with some of the key features and applications that have undergone a deeper overhaul, the whole new user experience. When we think of the features of Android KitKat then, the changes are even more obvious. We soon realized that this is completely different software from the previous one, in this case Android 4.4.
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Of course most of the features we love about Android are still part of the operating system, but the design changes give a new look to the OS. New visual guidelines added with Material Design are more than just a few new colors and a visual flatSince changing the icons in the specifications and new animations bring richer and more consistent features to the software as a whole. Below are the most significant changes between new features, optimized services and design changes. Here we go?
1. Android 5.0 Lollipop offers more options in early setups
Already in the first configurations we noticed the new icons in the status bar, the new color option and the flatter design. When the Nexus 5 It was announced in 2013, I remember writing the article showing the first configurations with the device and, looking at the design of the OS of Android 4.4, the stark difference. Now the dark theme has been set aside and everything is much more colorful.
What caught my attention, however, was not the complete integration of the system with the Material design guidelines, but two quite attractive services. Starting with Lollipop 5.0, you can migrate data from your Google accounts, app backups, and data via the NFC feature. Another thing that pleased me also is that data and application recovery can now be done according to the devices you use. Since I have a reasonably long list of devices, it was a hand in the wheel to be able to retrieve the apps that really interested me from a particular device – especially since my Xperia Z2 was stolen a week ago (all apps were successfully reinstalled).
2. Android 5.0 Lollipop offers the possibility of "Screen Pinning"
Another new feature is the ability to pin the screen to a particular application. So if your friend wants to see the articles released on the AndroidPIT app using his smartphone, you can choose to enable the service by going to Settings> Security> Screen pinning. This way you can prevent third parties from having access to your WhatsApp conversations, for example. The only problem is that if the person in question decides to leave the screen in question, the system itself offers an explanation of how they can access other pages by simultaneously pressing the "back" and "recent" buttons. This is kind of frustrating!
3. Android 5.0 Lollipop has flappy bird clone easter egg
Like other versions of Google's OS, developers give us little surprises. In the case of Android 5.0 Lollipop we had a kind of tribute to one of the most popular apps of the year, the "Flappy Bird". While we don't have the video review of this version, below you can see a screenshot showing what Lollipop's easter egg looks like. I've played Flappy Bird for a long time, so I can guarantee that Google's easter egg is much harder to beat.
In the version of Android developers, instead of pipes we have lollipops and the character used the little green robot. The game can be accessed by a shortcut in the system settings menu by repeatedly clicking on the Android version number and then pressing the lollipop image that appears on the next page.
4. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings multiple users to smartphones
Finally we have a consistent multi-user system for Android smartphones. Setting up accounts is quite simple and switching between them will not be a problem. This great feature for anyone who wants to split profiles such as "work" and "private". Each user can configure their own space.
5. Android 5.0 Lollipop changes the "Clock" background according to the time of day
While the Android 5.0 Lollipop watch app hasn't changed radically like the other apps on the system, it has also received a detail that made it cooler. The clock app now has different color profiles that will be used by the app automatically according to the time of day. That is, at the beginning of the day we have more vivid colors like light blue, passing through the lils until reaching the darkest of all in the night.
6. Android 5.0 Lollipop makes it easy to add custom owner image
I don't know about you, but here on AndroidPIT every now and then I add my private account on the smartphones I test and it always bothered me to have to have a Google+ account with my photo for the system to recognize as a user. So, to have a review with my image as a user of the device, I ended up adding my personal G + account. Then, with KitKat, the customization of this profile took place in contacts. But some thought of the Android team and finally decided to make customization easier for OS users. So with Lollipop, you will be able to choose your profile picture from the status bar as well as the username quickly, conveniently and easily!
7. Android 5.0 Lollipop has transitions and animations according to the currently used application
As we have known since the first previous release of Android Lollipop for developers, the new OS is full of new animations / effects and transitions. Unfortunately, it is difficult to display such features with still images, but later this week I will post a video review of what's new in this update. However, active notifications from the lock screen and shortcuts have made the Android experience much better, more intuitive and faster to respond.
With regard to Material Design I have to say that the system is much more integrated as many applications have already been optimized for Android's new design guideline. We had some subtle changes to the dialer, which came in a lighter blue and some redesigned application icons with a flatter look.
8. Android 5.0 Lollipop offers choice of priorities for volume and notifications.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, when setting the device volume, you can also quickly choose interrupt profiles. This will allow me to identify which calls and notifications to receive, something that reminded me of the Motorola Assist. To access the service just use the volume buttons and click on the options "None", "Priority" and "All". When you are in "Priority", a star appears in the status bar identifying such a setting.
9. Android 5.0 Lollipop Brings Optimized Battery Usage and Invasive Battery Saver Mode
As stated earlier in this article, this review was done on the previous version of Android 5.0 Lollipop for Nexus 5, so some system changes and instabilities may occur. This occurred with respect to the battery consumption of the device. As you know, the official version is not yet available for the Nexus line, so I flashed the new factory image to the device and after four hours I noticed that the consumption was above normal.
However, after a few wipes and 100% charging, when I restarted it, I noticed that the power consumption is lower and, with average use of Nexus 5, after the first 24 hours of charging, I still have 43% of energy. Which is surprising if we take into account the power problems of the device.
However, since all is not flowers, although the new OS brings a natively energy-saving mode, activating it, the status and navigation bars are orange in accordance with Material Design as this app / service is in use. This feature struck me as it automatically changes the UI colors of the device. However, by doing a search, it seems that this is the way the system informs the user that he has limited data usage.
10. Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with smarter Google Now
Google Now, the Android voice assistant, has gone through some design and feature changes. To get started, now the fixed search bar, that is, is necessarily accessible from any screen. What's more, the search box now also has the settings menu when used on the Google Now screen:
What pleased me most was that I could use the hotword "Ok, Google" from any screen, with the system in Portuguese except for the lock screen. The answers to the questions are more accurate and faster, and in-system search – for applications, for example – has been optimized. But it still doesn't compare to using Cortana, one of the smartest voice assistants I've ever tested.
Well, this is a preliminary review of the new version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, based on what has been released by the search giant so far. I am using the new OS on Nexus 5 h just over 24 hours and my experience so far has been quite rich. I confess that optimizing and introducing features I liked so far, I don't like the flat and colorful design introduced with Material Design, but the new system of notifications and shortcuts is very practical.
When LG introduced the LG G3 and the news of its latest user interface, with flat lines and basic colors, I didn't like the experience with skin from the manufacturer for finding it too childish. It turns out that now is also the position of the software developer, that is, Google itself. I don't know if I still can't understand such a trend, but apparently it is here to stay and we will have to get used to it. In the end, Lollipop brought the changes already awaited by users and that alone is worth this update!
And what do you think about the news introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop? What did you notice differently and that came to improve the experience of OS users? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
This article will be updated as new features and features of the new OS are noted.
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