Here we are revealing out the hidden secrets of of Android Lollipop.
Take a look:
ART makes everything better:
That’s not Warhol, that’s Android RunTime (ART), which is the new run-time environment that completely replaces the old Dalvik VM in Lollipop. Google claims that ART “improves app performance and responsiveness” and is 64-bit compatible.
Pinning is power:
I find that the ability to “pin” a single screen or app – essentially locking a user out of all the phone’s other functions temporarily – is the real star in a suite of new security and sharing features.
To pin a screen, you’ll first have to turn the feature on in your security settings. Then open the app or screen you want to pin and hit the overview button (better known as “recent apps” in previous Android versions). Drag the app, document or tab (on certain devices, Lollipop will allow you to access individual documents or Chrome tabs from overview) to the middle of the screen and a pin icon will appear in the lower right.
The right to remove bloatware:
Now you have the right to remove irritating bloatware that sits unused, taking up valuable storage space on many devices. Carriers have a tendency to include their own messaging, navigation and other apps in the system partition of devices, making them much more difficult to uninstall.
Lollipop attempts to quietly address this by being setup to automatically download carrier software from the Google Play Store whenever it detects that SIM card has been inserted. While this seems like Google doing a favor to carriers, which is surely how it was explained to them, it also means that carrier software should be just as easy to uninstall as any other app downloaded from the Play store.
Better Battery Use:
Back at Google I/O in June, Google introduced something called Project Volta, which is basically a collection of tweaks and best practices for developers designed to make Android and apps run more efficiently, draining less juice out of a device’s battery along the way.
Evidence of this effort is visualized for Lollipop users in the form of a new, detailed power usage chart and a battery saver mode that Google says will squeeze an extra ninety minutes or so out of each charge, but there’s more going on in the back end with Project Volta, too.
Apps get full SD card access:
You might have noticed starting with Android KitKat that there were some changes to how apps could access different areas of a device’s storage, particularly an inserted microSD card. Developers complained about these restrictions, and Google responded in Lollipop by more or less completely opening access to inserted memory cards. This makes it much easier for media-heavy apps to seamlessly store and access photos, video or audio files on a memory card with less hassle.
But perhaps most notably, the change also makes it possible for apps to install themselves entirely on the SD card, which should be a nice way of offsetting the fact that ART-friendly apps now take up more space.
If you know any other secrets, just share them with us.