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Tips & Tricks: 26 hidden or little-known Android 5.0 Lollipop features

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Tips & Tricks: 26 hidden or little-known Android 5.0 Lollipop features
Yesterday Google finally released the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image for a few modern Nexus devices (how to install them), and we wasted no time flashing our resident Nexus 5. In truth, we had already spent quite some time with the latest Android platform update – even before we were sure that it'll be called Lollipop – thanks to the publicly-available developer previews. Over time, those became more and more alike to the final piece of code we now have loaded on the aforementioned Nexus 5, but, obviously, nothing beats having the real, final thing.

Despite having had access to Android L for months on end, however, most people still recognize Lollipop for the so-called "Material Design" overhaul, and hardly much else. But there's so much more to the latest update that we felt compelled to fire up our now Lollipop-touting N5 and go through the near entirety of the system – prodding, looking, searching. Before long we knew that despite its efforts of simplifying the Android Lollipop UX, there were still a number of features whose operation (or even existence) wasn't obvious. We took notes and we are now bringing them to you so that you can get the most out of Lollipop whenever it lands on your device.

Jump right in!

Last updated: 02.18.2015

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posted on 14 Nov 2014, 02:50 3

1. kent-gaga (Posts: 497; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


No.8: You can do that even on Jelly Bean

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:18

5. vazzzz (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 May 2014)


I think that the idea is that you can easily access it. Keep in mind that they are talking about the stock Android

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:05 6

2. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 45; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


When I reboot, I usually want a clean slate.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:10 7

3. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Which is why Google should finally add a kill-all button to the Recents menu. I hate having to kill off 50 apps manually.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:35

6. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


>I hate having to kill off 50 apps manually.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 04:00

8. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Read my previous answer

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:59 2

7. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Kill all button will be useless. And killing manually applications is as useless: they are killed by the system when not needed after a while or they restart themselves via a service.
What is needed is a way to stop the services you don't want so they don't start applications you don't want constantly running.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 06:01 1

12. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


When I want to kill off background apps it's not because I'm thinking "Hey, this just might help performace" (it doesn't), it's because Android Lollipop's Recents tab can get extremely cluttered and fast.

For example, Lollipop creates separate entries for different settings if accessed from different places (e.g. one from the Settings app, another from a toggle), and, of course, Chrome now spawns its own tabs, too. It probably won't be long before 3rd party devs also jump on the bandwagon.

Not a fan personally.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:11 1

16. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Then your post was unclear, you don't really want a "kill all button", what you actually one is a "clean all the latest accessed applications" button, which it is not exactly the same.

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 04:39

20. MrOrage (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


If you did not already know, Chrome tabs getting individual tasks can be changed and turnd off in Chrome browser settings.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 07:27 1

14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12050; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That plus a faster way to uninstall apps with one click, a home button for the play store, and a few other simple tweaks that Google seems oblivious to.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:04

17. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


The "Clear All" button and the ability to long press an app in the recent view to get to the app settings are two things I always forget are not in stock Android. Not really a fan of them still in the background after a reboot since I'm normally rebooting to get a clean slate. Being able to uninstall from the launcher instead of the app draws is also nice. Will they ever include anything other than "Power Off" in the power menu? A reboot option would be nice too...I'm lazy and don't want to hit the power button again to turn it on.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 14:11

24. housry23 (Posts: 129; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


There is a faster way to uninstall apps. Go to your app drawer, press and hold on an apps icon. You'll get 2 options at the top of your screen, "uninstall" and "App info". Drag the icon to uninstall and hit ok on the confirmation box and it will be uninstalled.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 03:16 1

4. vazzzz (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Keeping the running apps after reboot sucks. It was the only way to be sure that I've killed some annoying battery sucking app

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 05:11 2

11. durrav (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


A lot of people has apparently missunderstood this. The apps aren't still opened after a reboot. It's just the shortcust card that's still visable. When you click on the card the app opens just as it would if you clicked its icon on the launcher or drawer.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 07:57

15. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It'd still be nice to have a "clear all" option.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 12:23 1

23. Psykotik_Dragon (Posts: 57; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


touchwiz on Samsung still incorporates the clear all button as well as the task manager pie chart

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 04:22

9. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


4. Quick access toggles

For me, Samsung does it right for this function. Quick toggles and notification with one-finger swipe...ONCE. There's no need for an additional swipe or additional button to tap or two-finger swipe.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 04:23 1

10. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Tap & Go - Finally the one I have been looking for. Nice features.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:06 1

18. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I know, almost makes Titanium Backup unneeded. I like how you can pick with apps you want and from which device and date. Very nicely done by Google there.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 06:40 2

13. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


no 18 feature is on miui.....really handy and i lovr it

posted on 21 Nov 2014, 03:59

19. Selina (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Everything is nice, but unfortunately Camera again does not work (it makes me angry). I had this issue on Android 4.4: high CPU usage of the 'mm-qcamera-daemon' process and can’t connect to the camera. On April 2014 Google promised fixes of this in the next maintenance update. No such a fixes were made. Today I updated to Android 5.0 and again – Camera does not work. Only difference that in running processes there is no 'mm-qcamera-daemon'. Anybody knows is there any solution of this?

posted on 24 Nov 2014, 05:02

21. rangoj (Posts: 46; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Lollipop is incredible! Finally, android have nicer interface then IOS.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 07:36

22. tiara6918 (Posts: 2027; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Android l sucks, kitkat is way better. I regret updating my m8. My phone now continously lags heavily and always force closes

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 20:08

26. rithulr (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Do a clean install of the OS and there won't be any lags or force closes. You might have installed over KitKat and sometimes the installation doesn't go smooth.

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 19:38

25. RajuSesharaj (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


That camera thingy is just for the flagships that too now only implemented in Nexus devices i think none of the manufacturers implement the new camera api's in Mid range devices since it would weaken their flagships

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 22:59 1

27. jimmybo (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


20 of these do not work on the T mobile S5. 3 out of the 5 remaining doesn't matter and the other 2 had it on kit kat

posted on 19 Feb 2015, 10:58

29. BOSABOSS (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


I know the feels.. Really disappointed that T-Mobile Lolilipop didn't give me the full experience...

posted on 19 Feb 2015, 10:50

28. BOSABOSS (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


No. 10 - My Notification Panel is still the same as before the update for 5.0

posted on 21 Feb 2015, 10:46

30. Hellouser (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


wrong one my bad

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 13:52

31. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Didn't work for me.

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