Welcome Google Nexus 6; Android 5.0 Lollipop – Features


The leaked reports were right. Motorola has developed the Google Nexus 6. This new phone has a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers. The Nexus 6 powers a Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor and the Adreno 420 GPU for a good graphics experience.

The rear camera on the Nexus 6 is going to be a f2.0 lens and 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization capture great photos in daylight and low light.

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Nexus 6 also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.

Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device. Lollipop brings in some new advancements in User Experience design, Device Sharing Features and Security options.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Features:

To begin with the Device setup can get really simple. Lollipop introduces Tap & go, an instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC). Also, you can migrate your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices.

The new Android Runtime improves application performance by 4X times, and support for Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications. Support for 64-bit is gonna mean big; desktop class performance on tablets and support to run 64 bit applications.

lollipopMaterial Design is going to bring in a nice colorful, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows and responsive UI design for intuitive experiences across all devices. Also new vivid colors, emphasis on typography, and edge-to-edge imagery to help to focus your attention.

Photography gets better on Lollipop giving more options to Control capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame, capture full resolution frames around 30 fps and support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW.

There is a new layout on Notifications as well. There are some new ways to control when and how you receive messages. You can now view and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Nothing to worry here, you have options to hide sensitive content for these notifications and you also have priority mode to receive notifications only from certain people. You can even schedule your notifications; something similar to Do Not Disturb mode.

Multi-tasking got better. For example, incoming phone calls will not interrupt your video or game. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing. Also apps now appear like cards or papers. You can easily toggle between them.

With Tap & pay, one can easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them. This could be a combination of NFC and Google Wallet. Not sure if this could get any closer to the Apple Pay which was announced few days ago. However, we will research on this more on how this would work.

The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.

Lollipop introduces Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car. A neat implementation would mean a lot here. Also, new devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.

Device Sharing has always been in the radar of Android. We have seen some demos on multiple users sharing the phone; but nothing was really concrete. However, Lollipop brings in more options to flexible sharing. Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos etc.) by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their your critical data. You now have a Guest Mode with which you can showcase your phone with your friends, but still have then away from your personal data. Lollipop also introduces Screen pinning, with which you can pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other things on your phone.

Lollipop also brings in a battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will also be available on Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks. No official reports on the dates.

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