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Every Kid loves lollipop, and now that Android is on the L-Name, they decided to go lollipop. I’m sure you noticed all major releases were following an alphabetical order right? something initiated by the Ubuntu line of Linux distributions. It will be best to first start from the list of major Android releases and their nomenclature.

Alpha (1.0)
Beta (1.1)
Cupcake (1.5)
Donut (1.6)
Eclair (2.0–2.1)
Froyo (2.2–2.2.3)
Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7)
Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6)
Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)
Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)
KitKat (4.4–4.4.4)
Lollipop (5.0)
Now, that I’ve run you through the alphabetical listing of Androids history, it is only best that we talk about some striking new features that distinguish Android Lollipop.

Design

Lollipop has been given a new look, and I will say that everything about the new look is really cool. I really want to commend Google on how far Android has come, as it always feels like what more can we get from a new release but they always show us that all the data collection means they can always improve our mobile experience.
The design of Android is referred to as material, and this time every single thing from the set-up menu, app drawer, notification shade, animations and icons has changed. You are unlikely to notice all this change if you use for example HTC product line who use their Sense UI. However, if you want to see all this changes the way google intended it, you should buy the nexus product line.
There are new animations everywhere, and the color profile is much more bright and rich as if you are being told it’s a new day. If you are a lover of Google now, like I am, you would notice that the cards concept has been blasted by Lollipop, and boy, I love this.

Priority Mode

This is a partial DO NOT DISTURB where only notifications you need are presented, I can decide I want my phone to ring me when I have calls, and texts while every other action gets silenced. You see, that’s more like it. 😉 That is not all you know, you can decide to get notifications only from a group of contacts while others just come in like nothing happened, now I’ll say that a real DO NOT DISTURB mode, where you get to show the ones you really care about that they mean so much to you.

Heads Up

This is simply being able to attend to some notifications without opening the notifications drawer, more like the Facebook bubbles. I find the feature a little bit distracting but it is cool and convenient all the same.

Overview

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Saying, goodbye to recent apps, we now welcome overview, the super cool feature that shows running apps as a card stack, and what’s more it will show you individual tasks within your app, a feature I’ve always loved on my Ubuntu. But wait, there’s no clear all!
“OK Google!” What were you thinking?

Multiple Accounts

Yeah, you heard me right. A feature once exclusive to tablets with Jelly Bean, Google decided you to now bring multiple user accounts to phones also with the release of Lollipop. What this means is that I can just decide to change to a particular user account when a kid wants to use my phone, and tell me that is not so cool. He/She doesn’t get to mess up my work, or mistakenly make a purchase from the play store you know, and that knowledge is just so comforting.

Screen pinning

Here, you can just lock an app on the screen, hand the device to someone else, and they won’t be able to leave the app to explore the rest of your device.
To activate, go to settings, and then head to Overview to pick the app you want to pin.
To deactivate, hold the Back and Overview buttons at the same time. I advice you have a PIN or pattern screen lock set up on your device, so as to prevent someone from unpinning the screen without your consent.

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