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Lollipop, the latest upgrade to Android introduced a multitude of features that not only eases user interaction with the device but also delivers an unmatched android experience. Every android upgrade brings out the best that Google has to offer.

The Android Lollipop upgrade brought out features that compete head on with other mobile OS upgrades like iOS and Windows. With the new material design interface, Google has again revolutionized smartphone interfaces and now targets the whole web.

Lollipop comes with built-in apps that control and manage hardware while providing a seamless experience through its ART (Android Run Time). ART enables smooth transitions that help users navigate easily through apps and services allowing increased focus on each process. Among multitudes of new features that are inbuilt in to the OS, lots of them remain unknown to users. Let’s explore five major tweaks that allow a seamless Lollipop experience.

5 Tweaks That’ll Make Android Lollipop Even Better

Selecting five top tweaks among hundreds of features could be quite challenging. Therefore each of the described tweaks focus on functionality instead of individual applications. This allows users to understand all applications that carry out a set of functions, therefore expanding overall understanding of the OS in general. Let’s dive in.

Notifications

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Notifications have been the most focused feature in this upgrade. Unlike previous versions, users can now see their notifications on their lock screen. But this means anyone holding your device has access to private notifications meant only for you. To avoid such privacy concerns, Google has effectively taken care of the privacy settings by introducing app sensitivity in the feature.

Now you can prioritize your notifications as sensitive content and the OS would only show notifications that you choose are safe. It allows users to completely turn off Lock screen notifications or mark specific applications that send sensitive notifications and opt to show only non-sensitive information on the lock screen.

All of these features can be handled at Settings > Sound and Notifications panel.

The panel also allows you to completely block notifications from unintended apps and sources. You can also set priority conditions that allow notifications above the set priority level to be displayed on your device. These inbuilt features take your experience to a whole new level by maintaining usability and privacy, both at the same time.

Guest Login and Device Control

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Ever had to lend your device to someone for a short time but didn’t want them to have complete access to your device? Now, Google makes it easier by allowing Guest Logins that restrict app access to people logged in as guests. All you have to do is create a new guest user with limited app access (only the ones you want them to use) and save the profile. You can also resume a guest login to get access to any saved data in the account.

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To set up guest logins, head over to Settings > Users and create a new profile. Then select all the apps you want them to have access to and save it. Your device is safe and privacy is enforced.

Lollipop now allows remote device unlocking through Chromebook and Bluetooth. Once you have paired your Lollipop device with another device, you can enter a pin to unlock the former. Once the device is added as a trusted device, the smart lock feature allows remote unlocking without any privacy issues. Chromebook comes with inbuilt apps that automatically let you pair devices and unlock them through your system.

One of the defining features of Lollipop is its Face unlocking feature. Now you can easily unlock your device by just looking at it. The app detects your facial structure and creates a unique ID that is tested each time anyone tries to unlock your device. If the facial recognition fails, the app redirects to the normal pattern based or pin based login procedure.

User Interface and Accessibility

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The most striking feature of the upgrade is its Material Design. The fluid interface with seamless transitions allows easy navigation though apps and all related information. It also allows users to pin apps temporarily allowing access only to the pinned app. This is particularly helpful for parents who want their kids to use only a single app.

To pin a screen on the device, you need to activate the settings from Settings > Security > Screen Pinning. Now every time you open the multitasking screen, you will find a pin button at the lower right hand corner of the app. If you have enabled further security measures, the system asks you to enter the pattern or code every time you pin or unpin an app.

Android now comes with accessibility features that allow you to increase the font size of all apps allowing better readability. You just have set required preferences from the accessibility menu in the settings panel.  Accessibility features also include color corrections for people suffering from color blindness. This option is also available under Accessibility Menu in Settings. The upgrade also adds additional functionality to control silent mode on your device.

Images, Sharing and Casting

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Lollipop introduced a number of features that would attract photographers and social media enthusiasts. During the launch, Google announced the support for raw image formats. This allows Photoshop experts and photography enthusiast to effectively use the smartphone camera to take raw pictures which they can later modify. Previously, the photos were automatically converted to JPEG leading to loss of data and image quality.

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Lollipop now allows multiple images sharing through its gallery. Head to the Gallery and hold your finger down on a media file until a tick appears, then select as many media files you want and share it among your friends.

In an attempt to boost its Chromecast dongle, Google has provided inbuilt support for screen casting in its latest upgrade. You just have to swipe down twice from the top of the screen to access the option.

Control Apps to Improve Device Longevity

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Often background processes for apps that are no longer used eat up resources and battery while slowing down the whole device. Now Lollipop provides additional control over what background apps should run and what shouldn’t.

The developer option menu now allows you to restrict each installed app and shut them down the moment you close them. You’ll find the options at the bottom of the developer’s panel at Don’t keep Activities and Background Process Limit option.

Final Thoughts

Lollipop comes with some awesome features that enhance user and developer experience. Mods and ports of the OS like Cyanogen also add useful applications that take it to the next level. Keep browsing through the android upgrade feature list and experiment on them to understand and apply better workarounds for commonly done tasks.