10 subtle Android Lollipop interface features that make life easier

10 subtle Android Lollipop interface features that make life easier
Android 5.0 Lollipop brought over a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled the aging notification system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung's, LG's, or many third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style card system, and there are plenty of other changes to Android under the hood, like the 64-bit compiler and the Project Volta battery life enhancer. The Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available first on the new Nexus 6 phablet from Motorola, Nexus 9 from HTC, and other Nexus devices shortly, then roll out to the rest of mere mortals.

Along for the ride, however, come numerous little interface changes that make life with your Android phone easier. We are not even talking about the revamped notification system here, but rather subtle things that weren't there before, but are nice little additions. Some of those already exist in manufacturer overlays or third-party apps, but it's nice to see Google include them with the stock experience. Here are some of those cool and thoughtful new interface options that come with Lollipop.

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20 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"[...] will roll out for the rest of the mere mortals." >implying phones like the M8, S5 and Moto X are sub par.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I took it to be harmless sarcasm.

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Can't wait for Lollipop. Are the Quick Toggles customizable?

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unfortunately not in the latest L preview I can't wait for xposed for Lollipop (though might not happen) Oh well custom ROM will still be awesome

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The ram management is far better with L Before on 4.4.4 my ~5-7 most recent apps would be complete still in memory (i.e no reload when I switch to them) Now with L my ~12-15 most recent apps would be completely still in memory Though one slight annoyance with L is before about 15 apps would be shown in recents, now in L apps dont get cleared from recents so it can get very messy

5. danidin

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2014

Can i choose to display the battery percentage all the time in the status bar? I WANT LOLLIPOP NOW!!!!!

6. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

quick toggle bar look a bit like one in ios. its just my opinion.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's funny how a majority of these features have been available in skinned versions of Android for years. This is why I find stock Android boring.

9. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And yet people like me still prefer stock android because skinned android trades off features for snappiness. Stock android also provides a level of consistency of which isn't matched by any skinned android.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's my fine. I was simply stating my preference. Besides, not all skinned versions of Android are any less snappy than stock.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

"That's fine by me" is what I meant to say.

10. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

"found" stock android boring.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm not sure if you're trying to correct me or what, but speak for yourself if that's the case.

8. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Dang, I need me to get a Nexus.

13. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

the emojis are already present in hangouts...

14. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Okay. That .gif for slide Ten (10) is annoying as hell

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Of everything I've seen here, the one I want the most is that auto-rotate icon in the quick settings. That's the only iOS 7 feature I coveted.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Isn't it in stock? Because Sonys skin has it.

19. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

OOH other emails within the gmail app... WANT NOW!

20. SteveCare

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Really awful work with the post. More: auckland.fortuneinnovations.com/news/6-new-feature​s-android-50-lollipop

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