If you haven’t heard about it yet, Google has recently released Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
on m any new Android phones. This new version of Android is chock full of exciting new features and rolling out in stages to many Sprint phones. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the more dramatic improvements Lollipop brings to Android.
Probably the most striking of the changes with Android Lollipop is Google’s Material Design. The entire interface is lighter, cleaner, and crisper, featuring broad and flat menus and simple, cheery color schemes. Many of the application icons have gotten a facelift as well to match this bright new color scheme.
If you get lost, you can check out the device support page for your phone to see step-by-step simulations, updated to show the newest software version currently available.
The way you interact with notifications has been reworked in a big way for Android 5.0. If you miss a text message or call, new notifications will display directly on your lock screen. Additionally, notifications that arrive while you are watching a video or playing a game will briefly pop up on screen, but won’t completely interrupt you. When they come up you can open them with a tap, swipe them away, or wait a few seconds for them to fade on their own.
Android Lollipop is adding in a new battery-saver mode, which turns off extraneous features to improve your battery life when you need it the most. You can configure battery-saver mode on your device from the Settings menu or by searching for it in Settings. That brings up another cool feature…
Search your Settings menu
If you have trouble navigating the Settings menu on your device to find what you’re looking for, there’s now a useful Search function built into Settings. Simply open up Settings and tap the Search icon in the corner.
Have more than one Android device?
With Android Lollipop, you can pick up where you left off when moving from one device to another. Both need to be running Lollipop and signed into the same Google account, but when they are, both devices will remember your recent searches and can share photos, apps, and songs between one another.
Flap to your heart’s content
Hidden in the Settings menu on Android Lollipop is a fun little gem in homage to the popular Flappy Bird game of 2014. To check it out, follow these steps:
From the home screen, tap and drag the notification bar down.
Tap the Settings icon.
Scroll to and tap About phone.
Tap Android version 6 times, in quick succession. It will slide out of the way to reveal a Lollipop.
Tap the Lollipop 4 times.
Tap and hold the Lollipop to launch the game!
How do I download the update?
Android Lollipop is rolling out to many Android smartphones in the coming months, so you may have received it already. If not, there’s a good chance that it will be available for your device soon. You can check for software updates from the Settings menu on your device. Here’s how to check for software updates on the Samsung Galaxy S 5. Like we've mentioned in previous blogs, if you’re using a different phone, you can select it from the device “hub” page, then look for the Device Resources container, and then click Software updates.
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