Saturday, January 31, 2015
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The lock screen doesn’t feature too many unnecessary pages that were annoying the users, and the Lollipop is only keeping the useful things. If you swipe your finger from the left, you will open a call app, if you swipe your finger from the right side, you will open the camera app. In the middle of the screen you will notice a nicely visible clock, and under it you’ll notice the day of the week, as well as the date. The top right corner features the standard icons that represent the signal, battery and Wi-Fi.
On the top left corner you would normally expect notification icons, but that place is now reserved for the name of your carrier network, and the notifications are lined up below the clock. A nice feature is that you can access these notifications by double-tapping them, which is really similar to double-clicking on the PC.
After you unlock the screen, you will notice the “classic” Android look, which features a background, and the icons that are placed depending on your preference. The icons are not too different from previous’ versions, but after you launch a certain app you will notice some real changes in design. Every swipe that you make across the screen seems much more fluid than before. If you open the menu, the icon will spread across the entire screen, and once you exit the menu, the entire screen will be “sucked” back into the original icon. This is something that should be welcomed, as we are finally starting to see nice animations within the apps, a change that was not necessary, but it definitely adds a nice touch to the entire experience.
Settings and Unlocking the Phone
The settings menu has been greatly improved. The menus are more logically positioned, and the settings themselves are finally clearly explained. It seems that the Android has finally been optimized, and everything should be much more fluid than it was before.
There are several new ways to unlock the device as well. For example, you can pair your device with an NFC tag (and place that tag on the cabinet beside your bed for example), and once you bring your device close to the tag it should automatically unlock. You can do the same inside your car, for example, and this is a cool new way to unlock your device in places where you would normally instantly unlock it.
Face recognition unlock has been greatly improved and it is really impressive. If there is a lot of light, the device will now unlock in under a second. In low light conditions, it will unlock a bit slower, but still faster than it did on previous Android versions. Once you take a shot of your face a few times in different light conditions, and in different places, it will work flawlessly, and this is another addition that is really welcomed. However, this does depend on the quality of your front camera, so the devices with better front-facing camera will naturally get better results. Do not expect it to work in really low-light conditions though (like in places where there is no street light, or in the nightclub).