Android’s candy new “Lollipop” taste brings safety enhancements and simpler methods to view and reply to notifications. The brand new Google software program for cellular gadgets even permits you to lend out your cellphone with out worrying a few buddy circulating your bare selfies on Fb.
I examined Lollipop on Google’s new Nexus 6 cellphone, which comes out this week. I can solely hope that as different telephones get the improve over time, it is going to be nearly as good as what you get on the Nexus.
It is a disgrace many cellphone producers that use Android imagine they should tweak it extensively to make the software program theirs and never Google’s. Mucking round with it solely confuses clients and steers app builders towards engaged on iPhone variations first, the place there’s extra uniformity – and thus incentive to include the newest options.
Assuming your cellphone maker is operating Lollipop in its purest type, here is what you may get:
You used to have to drag down the notification tray from the highest, as you’d a window shade. With Lollipop, notifications seem within the heart of the lock display. You may develop messages and reply proper from the lock display.
In case you’ve arrange a passcode – extra on that in a bit – you may be prompted to enter it earlier than composing that reply. You even have the choice to dam all notifications or simply these from particular apps for those who’re anxious about privateness. Or you’ll be able to select to cover delicate content material. In these instances, you may see you bought an e mail or textual content, however you will not see who despatched it or what the message says.
It’s also possible to select “precedence” mode and get notifications solely from apps you mark as precedence. In that mode, you may also select to simply accept calls and texts solely from identified contacts or favorites. You continue to see all incoming calls or messages for those who’re wanting, however you are not disrupted by vibrations or rings.
Too usually, I’ve turned off the passcode on my Android cellphone as a result of I get bored with getting into it each time I choose it up. With Lollipop, you’ll be able to hold your cellphone unlocked when it is close to a trusted gadget of your selecting – say, a Bluetooth-enabled automotive or an Android smartwatch. Bluetooth vary can prolong 30 ft or extra, so make sure you belief your mates for those who step away with out your cellphone. Or delete these bare selfies first.
With Lollipop, Android additionally joins Apple’s iOS eight software program in encrypting knowledge by default. That is vital in case your cellphone is misplaced or stolen.
A number of profiles
In case you lend your cellphone out, or share it with a member of the family, you may now have profile choices. You may set as much as 4 profiles, every with its personal settings, contacts, pictures and apps. Every person might be at a special degree on “Sweet Crush Saga.” Or a buddy can obtain it with out having it litter your apps listing. Likewise, visitors can use their very own e mail and Fb accounts – not yours.
Some choices are disabled for those who’re not the proprietor. As an illustration, your child will not be capable to restore the cellphone to manufacturing facility settings and wipe out all of your knowledge. However associates or household can replace your apps and settle for permissions in your behalf. It is your selection whether or not they could make calls and textual content, as they’d nonetheless be utilizing your cellphone quantity. The browser and app retailer do not include parental controls, so it is not meant for unsupervised use. And no secondary profile will hold your child from smearing grape jelly on the display.
Lollipop provides a number of shortcuts above the notification tray. You may get fast entry to the flashlight and the setting for airplane mode, one thing some Android producers have added, however not all. There’s additionally a brand new “Forged display” button to ship video out of your cellphone to a TV with an Android TV streaming gadget. Sadly, you’ll be able to’t change the choices. These with out an Android TV gadget will not want “Forged display,” however would possibly need a screen-rotation lock as a substitute, for example.
The brand new Android software program additionally removes among the distinctions between apps and content material. Earlier variations of Android provided methods to scroll via open apps to choose which fits to the foreground. Now, particular person tabs within the Chrome browser and particular person paperwork in Google Docs seem individually, so you’ll be able to go straight to your content material with out having to go to that app first. Different app builders will be capable to allow this characteristic, too.
And the remaining
Lollipop comes with an up to date Calendar app that integrates along with your Gmail service in order that flight reservations, live performance tickets and different affirmation emails get robotically become calendar occasions. The app can be extra visually pleasing and enjoyable. Key phrases akin to “live shows,” “dentist” and “brunch” set off applicable graphics.
Nonetheless lacking, although, is the power to resolve whether or not particular person apps can entry your location. I’d need Google Maps however not Starbucks to have my location. Apple’s iOS software program permits you to select on an app-by-app foundation, nevertheless it’s all or nothing with Android.
Nonetheless, Lollipop is a worthy improve that I hope will come to your Android gadget – unfettered – quickly.
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