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.
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Last updated: 02.18.2015