Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Screen Pinning Apps

Our series of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” feature highlights (view them all) continues this morning with a look at Screen Pinning, which is a way for you to share a specific screen or app with someone while not giving them full access to your phone. The idea is that you may have something to share on your phone and are considering handing it over to a person with you, but you likely do not want a home or back button press to allow the person you are sharing with to see what else you might be working on.  (more…)

Gmail 5.0 Will Add 3rd Party Email Support, Including Yahoo and Outlook

When Google pushes out Gmail 5.0, an update that will for sure include a full Material Design makeover, another accompanying feature may end up being the star of the show for many. How would you like to access your third party email accounts through the Gmail app? According to the Gmail 5.0 app that we just poked around inside, the app is going to support Yahoo, Outlook and “more” email services very soon.  (more…)

This is Google Play Music 5.6.1640 With a Material Design Makeover

By the time Android 5.0 “Lollipop” officially arrives for the world to use with the Nexus 9 on November 3, I would imagine that Google will flip the switch on a number of massive updates to its core Google apps. We are talking design overhauls of Gmail, Maps, Drive, and Google Play Music with Material Design. But, since we know that many of you would rather not have to wait another couple of weeks to see what’s in store, we thought we should point out that a number of the new re-made apps have surfaced through a leak that has been incorporated into a Nexus 4 ROM. That’s right, someone leaked a ROM from the Nexus 6, which included all of the refreshed Google apps, like Play Music.

So yeah, this is what Google Play Music 5.6.1640 looks like. How pretty is this?  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Managing Notification Access, Do Not Disturb Mode

Notification controls and Do Not Disturb mode are huge parts of Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” You can now fully control specific apps and when or how they show you information. Couple notification control with a newly introduced Do Not Disturb mode and you have pretty advanced controls over the information that shows up on your device.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Setting Up Guest and Multiple Users

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” users can finally setup Guest accounts and additional user profiles on phones, similar to what has been available on tablets for some time. Whether you need to hand your phone to your friend for a quick call or email because their phone died earlier in the day, or because you have kids that are constantly asking for some time with your phone to game, know that your main profile will remain safe and untouched at all times.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Setting Up Trusted Devices

Motorola has been doing this really cool thing for a couple of years now called Trusted Devices. The idea behind a trusted device is pretty simple (our tutorial on the Moto X) – when you have select Bluetooth devices paired to your phone, you can tell your phone to let you bypass a secure lock screen without having to enter a PIN, password, or pattern. It could be a watch that you wear with your phone all day, so that your phone remains mostly unlocked when with you. Or it could be your car, for example, which would allow you to skip by your lock screen security to make for easier (and safer) access while on the go. But, if you were to disconnect from those trusted devices (lose your phone at a bar), your phone would then revert back to being fully locked by that pattern, PIN, or password to protect your information. Make sense?

Google added Trusted Devices to Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This is awesome news because it should mean that in the future, all Android phones running Android 5.0 or higher will have access to this super convenient feature.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Quick Tour

This morning, a close-to-final Android 5.0 “Lollipop” was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), so as you can imagine, we flashed it immediately to start looking for new features, test out performance, and drool at all of the Material Design. While this isn’t technically “final,” all of its APIs are final, so this is likely the last preview we will see before over-the-air updates are made available in the coming weeks. One would hope that most of the early bugs have been squashed.

So, what are we looking at in terms of differences between this and the previous preview builds of Android L? Polish. So much polish. This new Android 5.0 preview build is so buttery smooth and fast, that I wish you could all take it for a spin. If you own a Nexus 5 or 7 (2013) you can, but the rest will have to wait a bit. And if you own either of those devices, this may be worth flashing, unlike the previous previews. In fact, this is me basically tell you to flash it now. You need to experience this.  (more…)