10 Useful tips to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop

It’s easy to be duped by the seemingly simple aesthetic of Google’s Material Design language, yet, Android 5.0 Lollipop offers more depth than you might see at first glance. It’s a pretty major overhaul, lined with lock-screen notifications and tools for saving battery life, so even veterans of the platform may be a little lost at first. In this roundup, we offer some Android 5.0 Lollipop tips to help you uncover handy features and find shortcuts to what you want, whether you want to quickly silence your smartphone or wirelessly cast a myriad of content on your high-definition TV via a Chromecast.

How to quickly access quick settings

You might be frustrated considering a single swipe simply brings down the notification shade with a list of your notifications and you have to swipe a second time to get into your Quick settings. If you want to get straight into those Quick settings without a second swipe, then just swipe down with two fingers instead of one.

How to silence your device

Gone is the old silent mode from Android 5.0 (you used to be able to hold Volume down to quickly silence your device). If you hold Volume down now, the volume will merely go lower without every becoming silenced. You can tap the bell icon to switch to vibrate only. You can completely silence your device by pressing the volume rocker and then tapping None, but that means you won’t receive any notifications at all. If you’ve taken the time to set up your Priority notifications via Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications, then you’ll have fine-grained control over what notifications you receive. You can set None and Priority to last indefinitely or specify a particular amount of time, which is handy for meetings. You can also schedule regular Downtime where only Priority notifications come through via Settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions. You’ll know when Priority mode is on because it displays a star icon in the top-right of the display.

 

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How to disable encryption in Android Lollipop

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So it turns out encryption wasn’t exactly what you wanted.

Encrypting your smartphone or tablet is a great way to add a passive layer of security to your device, something that doesn’t require a lot of work on your end and could actually protect your data if your device is stolen or you’ve somehow managed to become a target of some kind. It’s far from an impenetrable shield in terms of security, but as long as its not getting in your way there’s certainly no harm in having the protection, right?

Truth is, sometimes Full Disk Encryption can get in the way. Performance hits, especially when combined with the workload some power users (you know who you are) put on their devices, can be too much to deal with. The good news is it’s pretty easy to turn off encryption on most devices, even the new encryption offered in Android 5.0. In most cases all you really need is 20 minutes near an outlet and some know how. In other cases, most notably the Nexus 6, things get a little stickier.

Before you do anything else in this process, connect your phone to power. Make sure your phone is at least 80% charged, and leave it on the charger during this process. We can’t stress this enough. This process, whether it be encryption or decryption, must not be interrupted by anything.

While it’s more than a little unlikely that decrypting your phone is going to consume 80% of your battery, you really should just plug in and take no chances. There is no coming back from the alternative.

You’ll next need to take a look at the current state of your device encryption, which will tell you how simple or how complicated your next step will be. Head to Settings>Security and locate the encryption section of this menu. Depending on what fork of Android 5.0 you are running (TouchWiz, Sense, etc) your options here will be a little different. Samsung, for example, offers a button here to decrypt your device.

Tapping this button will cause the phone to reboot and perform the decryption, and 15-ish minutes later your phone will be just as it was, data intact and everything. For Samsung users, and for anyone else who has a friendly decrypt button in this menu, you’re all done and can stop reading here.

Everyone else, your journey has only just begun.

by Russell Holly

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HTC One (M7) Android Lollipop update news [updated: new video shows Android 5.0 running on HTC One]

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Lollipop Lollipop Lollipop, it’s all we’ve talked about for months now. But until (almost) every last Android handset has been updated, it won’t be far from our thoughts. HTC promised its fans a 90-day turnaround for delivering the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its flagship devices. So, when is the Android 5.0 Lollipop update coming to the HTC One (M7)Update: Towards the end of last week, HTC leakster LlabTooFeR informed us of HTC’s plans for the One M7. Now we’ve got a video showing it off in all its Sense 6 glory! Head to the update section for more.

Currently, HTC is rolling out the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update to its Google Play Edition devices (the versions of the devices running the stock Android interface), so if you’re an owner of such a device, head to your settings > about phone page to see if you’re due the update. The .1 portion of the update contains some minor bug fixes and security updates, but you won’t notice any big changes from Android 5.0.

HTC has previously stated that Android 5.0 Lollipop update will arrive to the original HTC One (M7) by January 3rd, but that deadline has been and gone with no sign of Lollipop. You can check out the original news story here.

Update: @LlabTooFeR has tweeted to say that Android 5.0.2 will be coming to the HTC One (M7), but that this might be the last major update that the device sees. The Android Dev is often in-the-know regarding HTC updates and has just recently broken news about the HTC One (M8)’s update schedule. See the original M7 tweet below.

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update: when will my phone get it? [updated: HTC One (M7) rumored to be next in line for Android 5.0.2]

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You may have been hearing that Android 5.0.2 is out and are wondering when it is coming to your Android phone. For the time being, this update, which is merely a patch to fix some bugs and other issues seen on Android 5.0 Lollipop, has only reached the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi. Could more devices be in the pipeline for the Android 5.0.2 update? Update: a new tweet by leakster LlabToofer claims that the HTC One M7 will be next in line for Android 5.0.2. Read below for more details.

Update: the active Twitter leakster posted today on this account that the HTC One (M7) would be getting the Android 5.0.2 update, after only the Nexus 7 2012 received this update in December. What’s more, it looks to be the end of the line for Android updates for the M7.

The Nexus 7, Nexus 5, and Nexus 6, among other Nexus devices, received Android 5.0.1 Lollipop at the end of last year which was intended to fix some issues on the original version of Lollipop. However the Nexus 7 2012 had been left out of this update. Owners of the Google tablet didn’t have to wait long though, Android 5.0.2 arrived to the Nexus 7 2012, model LRX22G on December 22nd. Though Google hasn’t really disclosed information as to what the update does, it seems this is an Nexus 7 2012 specific update for the moment. There is still no news as to whether the Nexus 7 2013 will get it.

That being said, there’s a remaining problem on the Nexus 7 2013Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, that being a memory leak that causes apps to crash. The issue is yet to be fixed, so could the Android 5.0.2 update be in store for these devices too?

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Get Android 5.0 Lollipop in alpha version for the OnePlus One now!

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OnePlus, the company responsible for the OnePlus One revealed a while ago that they were developing their own Android ROM which would be independant of CyanogenMod. Now, a first alpha version of this ROM, which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, is ready for download.

The ROM is still in the very early stages of development and comes with no extra features seeing as it’s stock Android through and through. In order to install the ROM, you need to first install the TWRP custom recovery. You’ll find the full tutorial on the OnePlus forum.

Though the ROM is downloadable, there are still many features from Android 5.0 Lollipop which are missing. Here’s a list of the known problems:

  • Data roaming is on by default. Make sure to turn if off to avoid potential charges.
  • As always, flashing a custom ROM incurs the risk of bricking your phone. Make sure you know what you’re doing and backup everything.
  • Camera and video may be unstable. This build supports 4k video, however quality may be low as we are still fine-tuning the camera.
  • Capacitive keys do not turn off when you enable software keys.
  • Clock crashes periodically.
  • If using the new app pinning feature in L, make sure to turn on the software keys first. Otherwise, you will have to reboot your machine.
  • On first boot, startup time will be a bit slow. Rest assured we will speed things up in the future.
  • Wi-Fi may be unstable.
  • This build is not eligible for OTA updates.

Will you be install the new ROM on your OnePlus One?

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How to set your default SMS app on Android Lollipop

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If you take a gander in Google Play and look for SMS replacement applications, you’ll find a ton of them. For real, I weighed them. OK, not really, but there are a lot of them. The best part? Many of them arereally, really good and you’ll probably want to try them out. Android’s pretty cool about changing core applications, and thankfully most times it is easy to do.

This is one of those times. Setting the application to be the default for SMS and MMS is simple in Android Lollipop. In case you can’t watch the video above, here’s the process in a nutshell.

  • Open the settings on your device
  • Find the “Wireless & network” settings
  • Tap the “More” entry
  • Tap the “Default SMS app” entry and make your choice

It really is that simple. As a bonus, many third-party messaging apps have a quick link to the above in their own app settings. Look in the application settings for an entry about setting the default app, and chances are you’ll get right where you need to be so you can make the change.

We’re really digging into Lollipop and we’ll be bringing plenty more tips, tricks and how-tos as we find them.

by Jerry Hildenbrand

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Motorola website adds Android 5.0 Lollipop update page: find out when your device will get it

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The final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop was revealed recently and many users have been clamoring to discover when they will get the update. Now Motorola has made it even easier for you to determine if and when your device will get a piece of Android 5.0 Lollipop action thanks to a dedicated page on its official website.

‘We know what you’re thinking. “Will my device receive an upgrade? When? How?” Never fear…all the information’s right here,” says the Motorola web page. Motorola has already confirmed that the Moto G (2014) and Moto X (2014) (as well as the older versions) will be getting the upgrade before the end of the year, and it has even been confirmed for the Moto E, but now Motorola is seeking to provide all the information for each of its devices in one convenient place.

Just go to the website, enter your device and carrier, and Motorola will give you the details on its Lollipop status. As of yet, Motorola device owners are unable to see an exact date for the update, only that it will or will not arrive on their device. Hopefully more information will be added in the near future.

Head over to our Which phones and tablets are getting Android 5.0 Lollipop and when article to see the complete list of devices expected to receive Android 5.0. Are you excited to see Android Lollipop 5.0 on your Motorola handset?

by Scott Adam Gordon

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