While the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is currently the most anticipated software update, some users continue to enjoy the Android lollipop software. The Android 5.0 Lollipop version update roll out to Galaxy S5 owners brought a ton of new options to choose from including a few fresh interface features. One of the most notable differences is the incorporation of Google’s Lollipop interface and Samsung’s very own Touchwiz. Here is a look at a few things about the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Android Lollipop operating system.
1. Notifications work better compared to the lock screen and system bar
If your device has ever received an Android 5.0 Lollipop update, then you know that the notification system for updates is one of the best additions. With smooth animations, you can easily expand a notification without navigating from an app you are currently using or having to unlock a locked screen. Even with its attractive look, it still feels a bit similar to TouchWiz. This is seen when trying to open a notification and launch the app in a lock screen, you can't unlock the screen by simply double tapping the notification. For the expansion of notifications and otherwise navigate to the apps, the lock screen notifications need to be unlocked by swiping downwards. The notification tray once the phone is unlocked is pretty much similar to TouchWiz.
2. Material Design
Most areas in the Galaxy S5 did not feature any changes after the Android Lollipop update. This includes Samsung apps which show no evident changes in terms of look or functionality, also the launcher may now be transparent, it still works the same way.
Perhaps the only difference is the Material Design elements that appear almost every where, for example, the card that pops up and prompts you to choose an app to use when you want to open a file or site, the action bar floats right at the bottom in the dialer's contacts section and finally the Material UI split design in the Settings section.
3. Single Chrome Windows are set by Default
One of the significant parts of the Android 5.0 Lollipop software version is the single Chrome Windows found in the multitasking drawer feature instead of multiple tabs being placed in a single window.
Even though by default this feature comes enabled, you also have the option to disable it in the Chrome Settings. However, you can still give it a chance and enjoy the Android Lollipop's new colorful multitasking window feature.
4. Priority Mode for Mute in Volume Controls
A feature that brought most Galaxy S5 users mixed feelings is the missing option in the volume settings. Google chose to replace the Mute option in the volume controls with a Priority mode and None mode.
To mute a Lollipop updated Galaxy S5, you can either press and hold the volume key till a mute setting appears, or select the gear, which brings the full volume controls panel and choose it on the list. On the list you can also access the controls for the Priority notifications and set a Mute timer.
5. Improved Performance, the Same Battery Life
The Android Lollipop upgrade came with a ton of performance enhancers and a software that extends battery life. Some of the performance improvements worth mentioning is the notification tray and a smoother launching camera app which is better than the previous software version.
When it comes to the battery life, it is almost the same after a few uses.
Are you looking forward to the upcoming Android Marshmallow update to the Galaxy S5 or do you prefer the Android Lollipop software? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.