If you have been using an Android Driven smartphone, you will bear witness to the legacy of Android operating system over the past few years. These operating systems were perfect for the touch phone devices and have easily complemented them for maximum user satisfaction. There is no doubt that the Android operating system is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.
Here is the list of Android operating Systems that have ruled the smartphone market.
Cupcake (Android 1.5); Donut (Android 1.6) Éclair (Android 2.0, Android 2.1); Froyo (Android 2.2)
Gingerbread (Android 2.3) Honeycomb (Android 3.0, Android 3.1, Android 3.2); Ice Cream Sandwich:
(Android 4.0); Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, Android 4.2, Android 4.3); KitKat (Android 4.4) and finally Lolipop
The latest entrant, Lollipop (Android 5.0), promises a visual overhaul of the entire frontend by adopting a completely flat design. The words that best describe the front end are solid rectangles of color, Sparse, simple, and plain. Thus, Lollipop is said to be simpler and cleaner than its predecessors. When you have a closer look at the Back, Home and App switcher buttons at the bottom, you will find them more geometric now. Let’s have a closer look at some of the distinct or important features of Android Lollipop:
The Control Centre
In the earlier versions of the Android, you could swipe down from the top to open quick setting buttons such as Brightness, Airplane mode, Data Connection etc. However, in Lollipop, this swipe opens a list of recent notifications such as Calls, texts, Twitter and Facebook updates etc. If you still want the quick settings like before, you will have to swipe down twice. In fact, you can swipe down with two fingers as well.
This is one of the best and the newest features present in Android Lollipop. By using this feature, you can create accounts for different people. So, the owner of the Lollipop running smartphone can make accounts for family members, or friends as well. Each of these accounts has a username and password as authentication means to get into the account.
In Lollipop, Google has redesigned the App Switcher to look like a stacked deck of cards. This feature is very similar to the Safari feature in the iPhone. The biggest advantage of this feature is multitasking. If you need to refer to multiple windows at a time, you can do so with the help of this fantastic feature.
Battery Saver Mode
As the name suggests, this mode saves on battery power, but it compromises on the speed of the processor. So, when this mode is activated, you will find multi-tasking very difficult and slow. Google has touted that with the battery saver, you can save 90 minutes per charge. There are two ways in which this mode can be activated. In the first method, you can manually set the mode. In the second method, you can automatically activate the battery saver mode when the battery reaches 5 or 15 percent.
Do Not Disturb
This feature has been awaited for a very long time and users can now get a glimpse of this fantastic feature in Lollipop. This feature is very similar to a DND feature in iPhone. You can now instruct the Android Lollipop phone to stop any activity during a certain period of time. Thus, on the selected time, the phone will not buzz, ring, or light up. However, if you still want to receive specific calls during this time, you can select or designate the person who can call you during this time.
Novel Ways to Unlock the Android Phone
There is a face unlocking feature in Lollipop wherein its camera recognizes your face. This can be made automatic when you wake up your Android device.
Other features of Lollipop
• Get OK Google even if the screen is off
• Tap and pay
• Improved hardware keyboard accessory support
• Easy sharing options
• Revamped display for battery, data usage, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi settings
• New search functionality
The most noticeable difference in Android Lollipop is the overall feel and look of the operating system.