Updated 11:23 AM EST, Mon, Mar 01, 2021

Android Lollipop Features, Release & Download Date: Top Features Rundown

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Google will become the first users of the Android Lollipop operating system with its upcoming Nexus tablet.

Download Update

The operating system is not available for download yet, but those who own a Nexus device for 2013 or older will get a free update to the new OS in the coming weeks. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will launch with Android 5.0 in early November.

Even if it is not certain when the new software will be available, Google has released a strong rundown of what to be expected when it hits in the coming weeks.

Features

The UI has been largely overhauled for more consistency across all devices that support Android. There are also a number of new visual cues and quirks that make the devices easier to navigate.

Notifications are also more customizable, allowing users to set when they want to view them and eliminate interruptions if they so choose. You can even set a "downtime" during certain hours of the day where you do not wish to be distracted by constant alerts from apps.

Calls while playing videos...

Moreover, Lollipop will not interrupt videos with incoming calls; users can choose to answer or ignore the call without leaving the viewing experience. Texts can now be answered from the lock screen, further encouraging the new separation of information.

Security

Android is also addressing the security issues that the tech world has been growing more concerned about. Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device, including the new Android wearables or cars. SELinux is also enforcing better protection against vulnerability or malicious software that has targeted user devices.

Multiple Users

Over the past several iterations of Android software, the social experience of smartphones is starting to become more of a focus. Phones can now have multiple users for each device. This is far from just a simple log in, however; users can now access data and information on the Android account just by logging in, meaning that all of the personal data stored can be viewed on a number of different phones. This should make for an appealing family option.

Screen-pinning

Screen-pinning, the smartphone equivalent of screen sharing, is also going to be available on the new devices.

Add in full support for OK Google (which will now work even when the screen is locked) and support for Android TV in order to make all products cooperate much better, and this is rapidly shaping up to be the most complete operating system from Android yet.

Expect to hear more about Lollipop as the latest Nexus devices near release.

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