Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop is official and it brings a host of changes. These changes mostly take place under the hood and don’t change how the OS works but they are definitely worthy. Let’s take a look at what Google changed in the latest version of Lollipop.

  1. The LED notification light now works for all types of notifications, previously, the light used to go on only in ‘All’ sound mode. This was a bit of a letdown for users who prefer keeping their phone on silent mode. Now, the notification LED works regardless of the sound mode you have selected. Thank you, Google, for adding this feature.
  2. In previous versions of Lollipop, tapping on the text below used to take you to the WiFi selection menu which felt a little tedious. Google changed that in a way that tapping on the WiFi icon now opens a selection menu with in the quick-settings pane. The same goes for the bluetooth toggle. You won’t have to go through different menus, everything will be at your.
  3. Even the lockscreen got an update. You now unlock your phone by swiping upside while being outside the notification shade, and if you swipe up within the shade, your phone will stay locked.
  4. You can finally remove the invert colours that come with the multiple WiFi Hotspot toggles. Before that, the toggles weren’t removable once they are removed.
  5. The app pinning feature is much more refined this time. Simply open the app you want to pin, then go to the app switcher and click on the pin that is showing on the first app card and voila, you’re done.
  6. When you receive a notification on the device, the notification stays on top of your screen. If you want to get rid of it, simply swipe it up and it’ll go away however, it’ll still stay at the notification bar.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop is currently rolling out on all the supported Nexus devices.


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