18
Oct
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With every new version of Android, we get a collection of new wallpapers to feast our eyes on and set as default on our homescreens. Lollipop is no different. It packs 11 new wallpapers for us, though if you ask me, they are a lot less playful than the KitKat ones.

The first few are abstract geometric shapes, while the rest seem to be real photographs, but of what, I could not tell you.

17
Oct
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Priority notifications are going to be a thing in Android 5.0, but how the heck are you supposed to set something as a priority? There's actually a whole new menu for that, as well as a shortcut in the notification shade. By messing with these settings you can control what apps can bug you and when. Priority mode itself can be activated from the volume slider, so only your most important apps can get through.

17
Oct
orange

Google introduced the power saving mode in the last developer preview, and it seems to work the same this time with one notable exception—orange. Lots of orange. When you activate power saver mode, your status bar and nav bar will turn orange and stay that way until you shut off power saver.

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17
Oct
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Handing over your phone to a friend or acquaintance who "just needs to make a call" can be a little nerve-wracking. Sure, this person probably won't poke around in your email or secretly send your private pictures to their Dropbox account, but you would feel better if you could be certain. Lollipop has just the feature to keep your phone secure in the hands of your friends: Screen Pinning. Now you can lock a single app into the foreground, and nobody will be able to sneak a peek at your web history.

17
Oct
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The most fitness oriented of Android Wear devices so far is now listed in the Play Store. None other than the Sony SmartWatch 3, from the company that previously said it was sticking with its non-Android watch platform. Yeah, that went well.

2014-10-17 17_51_48-Sony SmartWatch 3 - Devices on Google Play

17
Oct
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A robust system for sharing has been one of Android's greatest features since the launch of the OS. Despite its usefulness and how often we see it, the sharing menu has seen little more than cosmetic changes over the years. That is, until now. As of Android 5.0, the standard Sharing menu will now be ordered by priority, showing you the most used destinations at the top of your list.

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KitKat contained a simple version of this feature, but it only pushed the most recently used app to the top of the list and left the rest of the items in alphabetical order.

17
Oct
key

For a while now, we've been aware of an unreleased keyboard theme, shown off in screenshots of Google Chrome on the Play Store. Today, the Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview brought us Google Keyboard 4.0 that carries both the Material Light and Dark themes. There's really not much to say about the themes that can't be communicated in images - they are similar to the keyboard included in the original dev preview, but now there's a light theme.

17
Oct
list

You're probably familiar with the redesigned recent apps list in Android 5.0—it's a very pretty stack of cards with fluid animations. Now you won't have to worry about losing your place after a reboot. As of Lollipop, the app list will not be cleared when you turn the device off.

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17
Oct
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We've been waiting on a big update to Google's search app, having seen screenshots here and there that hinted at an updated design. With today's new Lollipop developer preview, the Google app's 4.0 incarnation was made available. We've got a download at the bottom of the post, but be sure to read the instructions first as getting this up and running on pre-L devices requires some extra fiddling. Also, you'll need to be rooted.

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