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Google Unveils Android 5.0, It’s Officially ‘Lollipop’



Android Lollipop

Google pulled the curtain off the platform few hours earlier, announcing the next breed of Android Operating System, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 was announced at this year’s I/O Conference back in June where Google teased us with the new Android OS, calling it Android L. And now, It’s officially announced – Android Lollipop, the fifth major update to world’s most popular OS.

Android Lollipop is set in a whole new UI, Material Design, which takes the OS even more further in terms of Flat design and fine typography, and the UI elements have gone more responsive and realistic. The Lollipop update has significantly geared some of the great features including Notification, Battery, Security, Device Sharing, Performance and many more.

Android Lollipop Device

Breaking down the Battery bundle, The Lollipop OS offers you some handy features to enhance your device’s energy level. A new battery saver feature has been integrated into the OS which increases the device battery life by up to 90 minutes and also indicates the number of minutes required to fully gear up your android phone or tablet (phablet as well) while the device in plugged in.

Android Lollipop Screen

Another major improvement goes for the Notification cycle, Android 5.0 Lollipop just clears the clutter from the Notification end, allowing you to get interrupted when you want to. Now you can simply view and reply back to messages directly from your locked lock screen. Plus, the OS now gives you the power to hide sensitive content for such notifications. You can easily view all your pinged notifications at a glance by a simple tap on the screen.

The Lollipop makeover gives the Android platform to turn on multiple profiles, which is really a great option to maintain full privacy on your open device. Alongside that, Google has injected a new Kill Switch gig into the Lollipop OS that can make the operating device totally worthless if It’s stolen or lost somewhere. Moreover, Android Lollipop comes with data encryption turned on by default which is much more secure and safer. Plus, the flavor of SELinux enforcement ensures that you’re not harmed  by any system vulnerabilities and malware.

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop is scheduled to land on Google Play devices including Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 along with some Motorola members, the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and of-course the Droid Mini in coming few weeks Over-The-Air.

Well, above mentioned are just few sample features of Android 5.0 Lollipop but you don’t worry, we’ll publish the full and official changelog of the Lollipop update anytime soon. Till then, Stay Tuned.

Update: Take a look below on the official change-log of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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  • Material Design

    A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices

    • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device
    • Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention
  • Notifications

    New ways to control when and how you receive messages – only get interrupted when you want to be

    • View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications
    • For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get through
    • With Lollipop, incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing
    • Control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content and prioritize or turn off the app’s notifications entirely
    • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen
  • Battery

    Power for the long haul

    • A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins
    • Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in
    • Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings
  • Security

    Keep your stuff safe and sound

    • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices
    • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware
    • Use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car
  • Device Sharing

    More flexible sharing with family and friends

    • Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos etc.) by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their stuff
    • Guest user for phones and tablets means you can lend your device and not your stuff
    • Screen pinning: pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff
  • New Quick Settings

    Get to the most frequently used settings with just two swipes down from the top of the screen

    • New handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls
    • Easier on/off toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location
    • Manually adjust your brightness for certain conditions. Then, adaptive brightness will kick in based on ambient lighting
  • Connectivity

    A better internet connection everywhere and more powerful Bluetooth low energy capabilities

    • Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to cellular
    • Improved network selection logic so that your device connects only if there is a verified internet connection on Wi-Fi
    • Power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth low energy (“BLE”) devices like wearables or beacons
    • New BLE peripheral mode
  • Runtime and Performance

    A faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience

    • ART, an entirely new Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness
      • Up to 4x performance improvements
      • Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications
      • Compacting backgrounded apps and services so you can do more at once
    • Support for 64 bit devices, like the Nexus 9, brings desktop class CPUs to Android
      • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores
      • Shipping 64-bit native apps like Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, Google Play Music, and more
      • Pure Java language apps run as 64-bit apps automatically
  • Media

    Bolder graphics and improved audio, video, and camera capabilities

    • Lower latency audio input ensuring that music and communication applications that have strict delay requirements provide an amazing realtime experience
    • Multi-channel audio stream mixing means professional audio applications can now mix up to eight channels including 5.1 and 7.1 channels
    • USB Audio support means you can plug USB microphones, speakers, and a myriad of other USB audio devices like amplifiers and mixers into your Android device
    • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance
    • A range of new professional photography features for Android Lollipop that let you
      • Capture full resolution frames around 30 fps
      • Support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW
      • Control capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame
      • Capture metadata like noise models and optical information
    • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming
  • OK Google

    Easy access to information and performing tasks

    • Even if your screen is off, you can say “OK Google” on devices with digital signal processing support such as Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
    • Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more
  • Android TV

    Support for living room devices

    • User interface adapted for the living room
    • Less browsing, more watching with personalized recommendations for content like movies and TV shows
    • Voice search for Google Play, YouTube and supported apps so you can just say what you want to see
    • Console-style Android gaming on your TV with a gamepad
    • Cast your favorite entertainment apps to your big screen with Google Cast support for Android TV devices
  • Accessibility

    Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities

    • Boost text contrast or invert colors to improve legibility
    • Adjust display to improve color differentiation
  • Now in 68+ languages

    15 new additions

    • Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu
  • Device set up

    Get up and running in no-time

    • Tap & go: instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC)
    • Whenever you get a new Android phone or tablet, you can bring over your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices
  • And a whole lot more

    • Tap & pay: easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them
    • Print preview and page range support
    • Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage, and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality
    • New device level feedback for Nexus devices in Settings > about phone > send feedback
    • Easier sharing withWhere supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice
      • Improved ranking of your options within the share menu
      • Android Beam: lets you share a file with someone nearby by gently tapping the two devices together
    • Improved hardware keyboard accessory support including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords


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HTC U11 Plus receives TENAA certification





A new HTC phone has recently passed through TENAA certification, and it’s likely the U11 Plus. The images obtained are somewhat similar to what the leaks have suggested lately.

Spotted by Mobilissimo, the listing from TENAA reveals the device in pictures, but fails to provide any specific information. From the images, what we know is the upcoming HTC phone — likely the HTC U11 Plus — will have an all-display front with higher screen-to-body ratio (and no buttons), rear-facing fingerprint sensor, and a single camera setup on the back.

Meanwhile other reports coming from over the internet suggest the HTC handset will pack a 6-inch display, 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, and a Snapdragon 835 chipset.


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Apple Pay Now Supports ANZ Eftpos Access Cards In Australia




Apple Pay on iPhone

Apple Pay has expanded to support Eftpos cards from ANZ Bank in Australia. Eftpos (Electronic fund transfer at point of sales) is a popular debit payments network in Australia. The partnership will bring in-store Apple Pay support to 1.6 million ANZ Access cardholders, according to Eftpos.

Apple’s partnership with Eftpos should get more people to use Apple Pay as Eftpos is the most used debit card network in Australia, and offers a much lower processing fee to retailers as well as customers.

High fees have been one of the biggest hindrances for Apple Pay in Australia, but with today’s move things are starting to get better. When a debit card is used via Apple Pay in Australia, there’s about 0.55 percent fee to the merchant; however, Eftpos drops it significantly to 0.15 percent. (Thanks, Business Insider!)

“About 1.6 million ANZ eftpos Access cardholders now have the opportunity to make payments on an iPhone or Apple Watch, many of whom may not have had the opportunity to make in store mobile payments before,” said Eftpos acting CEO Paul Jennings.

“As Australia’s most used debit card network, we are thrilled to be providing ANZ eftpos Access customers with more payment choice, with added benefits of enhanced security and comfort.”

Eftpos ANZ users can switch between a Cheque and Savings account with ease. More details can be found on the Eftpos website. And yes, Apple has also updated its Australian version of Apple Pay website to reflect the Eftpos partnership.

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Google shares first unedited Pixel 2 photos and videos




Google Pixel 2 Camera Sample

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which the company unveiled during its October event past week, have a highly rated camera. The cameras in both the Google phones have scored 98, the highest-ever on a smartphone camera in DxOMark’s rating.

Last year’s Pixel line-up scored 88X, which was the highest-ever on a smartphone camera back then, therefore it’s not surprising to see Google focusing more on camera lenses in Pixel phones. No matter how greater the rating figure is, it’s much more important to test the device in real world, and camera samples take a perfect stand to all the pixel-and-lens specs the company had touted during the product announcement.

Thanks to Google’s Isaac Reynold, who shared a bunch of unedited photos taken from the Pixel 2 camera, we now know (to some extent) how amazingly Google has improved Pixel’s camera. Reynold also posted two videos comparing the video stabilization that’s on offer with Pixel 2. Some of the sample photographs are attached in this post, while you can watch Reynold’s entire upload here.

For a quick recap, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have a 12.2-megapixel camera with f/1.8, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), and laser and dual pixel phase detection autofocus.

/ Pixel User Community 

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