More than a decade has been over since the first release of Android in 2003. Android is growing and now has become the most used OS on smartphones. By the end of 2014, Google came up with its sweetest update yet, Android 5.0 Lollipop. This update bought us the great concept of ‘Material Design’ and tons of new lollipop features.
Except Google’s Nexus series and PSE (Play Store Edition) devices, only a few devices have received the Lollipop update. And some of the devices may not even get one. So why not bring the same look and feel to our own device without actually having the Lollipop update.
Some Lollipop Features and How to get them.
Lollipop style Lock screen
Android 5.0 Lollipop completely redesigned the lock screen with some cool features. You can view and access you notifications from the lock screen itself. The Lollipop Lock Screen application on the Play Store gives you the same lock screen with all its features on your Android device.
Lollipop features – Heads up Notification
One of the best features introduced in the Lollipop update was the Material Style heads up notifications. When you receive a notification, it pops up at the top of the screen. This allows you to access it or just dismiss it instantly. You can get this feature on your Android devices with Heads Up app.
Lollipop features – Call Receiver
Along with the heads up notifications, the call receiver also got some new lollipop features. When you receive a call while using an application, you will get a pop up that you have received a call. You can either accept the call or just dismiss it. You can easily get this feature on your android device using L-Call – Lollipop call style.
Lollipop features – Home Screen and App Drawer
Even with the lollipop style lock screen and notifications, it feels incomplete if your Home Screen and app drawer are not the way you want. With Lollipop update, came some changes in the app drawer too. Some custom launchers, like the Apex Launcher have made all these animations and features available for your Android device.
Lollipop features – Messenger
The messenger app in Android 5.0 Lollipop no more has the old Holo design. Instead Google has integrated the sweet Material Design into the messenger app. This app is officially made available by Google on the Play Store.
Lollipop features – Keyboard
Lollipop Features – Wallpapers
Lollipop features – Dialer
This update also bought some changes in the dialer. The sweet and elegant Material Design was also integrated here. With the help of ExDialer its Lollipop theme, you can get the same for your android device.
Lollipop Features – Style Soft Keys
With the new update, Google completely redesigned the Soft Keys. If you have a rooted device you can easily customize your soft keys using SoftKeyZ Root. This application does not work on all devices. This application may also brick your Android smartphone.
Lollipop features – Additional Lollipop style apps
Almost all the Google apps including Play Store, Maps, Play Music, Calendar, Chrome, Camera, YouTube and others have implemented the Material Design into the apps. In addition to this Facebook app has also done the same. If you are using WhatApp+ instead of the original WhatsApp, then you can customize your themes to get the Material Design feel.
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