In the spring of 2015, many smartphones and tablets running Android Kit Kat are being upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.0 mobile operating system incorporating Google’s new Material Design User Interface (UI). Once your device upgraded, you need to customize and configure it to take full advantage of the new Lollipop 5.0 functionality and User Interface. This article reviews and updates article 08.3-Customize and configure your Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 devices to suit your needs-2014-07-29 presenting “What’s new with Android Lollypop 5.0?”, followed by our latest recommendations regarding selection criteria’s for Android Apps, reviewing the major Android Apps suppliers, suggesting “must have” Apps, showing how to regroup your Apps by categories, and highlighting how to customize and configure Android Lollipop 5.0 to satisfy your needs and increase your productivity.
NOTE: To make it simple for the reader, we have used article 08.3-Customize and configure your Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 devices to suit your needs-2014-07-29 as our starting point so that the reader does not have to go back and forth between the two articles that cover the similar subjects. If you are familiar with article 8.3, you may skip the sections that you are familiar with, mainly: “IMPORTANT WARNING”, “Major Android App’s suppliers” and some older sections of “Must have Android Apps”.
WHAT’S NEW WITH ANDROID LOLLYPOP 5.0?
Below is the list of the new Android Lollipop 5.0 features as per the Google documentation.
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.
Here’s an example of a Material Design screen:
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.
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.
Keep your stuff safe and sound.
- 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.
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 info.
- 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 a two finger swipe 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.
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 backgrounder apps and services so you can do more at once.
- Support for 64 bit devices, like the Nexus 9, brings desktopclassCPUs 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.
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 real-time 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 to allow for UHD 4K video playback, tunneled video for high quality video playback on Android TV and improved HLS support for streaming.
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.
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.
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 in settings.
- New device level feedback for Nexus devices in Settings > about phone > send feedback.
- Easier sharing with:
- 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.
- Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice.
- Improved hardware keyboard accessory support including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords.
You should have noticed that when you install an App from Google Play or other Apps suppliers you are ask to accept a list of “access permissions” that you must agree to in order for the App to install. Most people click “YES” without questioning what they’re accepting. THIS CAN BE VERY RISKY because with this agreement you put your trust with the supplier that he will not misuse these permissions to your detriment. Be careful because some could use this access to introduce armful functions or access critical information. Therefore, to minimize your risks you should adhere to a set of criteria’s before installing Apps.
Criteria’s you should follow to avoid potential troubles:
- Only download Apps from Google Play: Google Play pre-selects the Apps and the suppliers following a set of criteria’s they must comply to. This is not an absolute guaranty but it is important to weed out the risky suppliers. Google Play will disqualify and exclude a supplier that is found irresponsible.
- If you must download an App from a supplier other than Google Play, make sure it is from a trustworthy supplier. For example: you can download an App from your bank, your broker, a major store like Amazon, or similar trustworthy suppliers. DO NOT download Apps from unknown sources.
- Select Apps from market leaders,such as: Google, Apple, Microsoft, AVG, Mobile Systems, Dropbox …
- Select Apps from large companies you trust.Large corporations have too much to lose if they would mistreat your information. They also have procedures and knowhow to prevent malware. This way, you minimize the possibilities of finding ourselves in trouble.
- Limit your Apps suppliers.For example, if several Apps do the similar functions, select the App that has a good rating from a market leading supplier you already know, and limit the number of Apps suppliers.
Major Android App’s suppliers
Below is a partial list of major Android Apps suppliers. Access each App in Google Play, evaluate and decide if you may need this functionality, than decide to install it or not.
Google Apps: Google Play, Gmail, Inbox, Calendar, Google+, Hangouts, Maps, Google Earth, Google Search, Google Chrome, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Play Books, Play Newsstand, Play Games, Drive, QuickOffice, YouTube, Chromecast, Photos … Please read the following article for more info on Google Apps: 07.2 – The Google Universe-2013-06-24
AVG: AVG AntiVirus, AVG Cleaner, AVG Vault, AVG Zen …
Mobile Systems: OfficeSuite Pro, Oxford Dictionary, Quick PDF Scanner, QuickSpell, QuickWrite…
Samsung: Action Memo, Alarm, Evernote, Help, KNOX, S Voice, Scrapbook, SideSync 3.0, SketchBook for Galaxy…
Microsoft: OneDrive, OneSync, Microsoft Office,
Dropbox: Dropbox, Dropsync Pro (from TTXAPPS),
HP: HP ePrint,…
Facebook: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram,…
Must have Android Apps
Google Apps – A good number of Google Apps are a must for most Android users and many come pre-installed on your devices. Make sure to activate and use them if they respond to your needs. Please read the following article for more info on Google Apps: 07.2 – The Google Universe-2013-06-24
Google’s Material Design
If you’re a Google Apps user you have certainly noticed Google’s recent implementation of Material Design. Your Gmail appearance has change as well as the appearance of many other Google Apps. Google’s Material Design is 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.
Google plans to gradually adapt the appearance of all its Apps in accordance with this this overall Material Design standard. The industry observers have praised this new App design standard and I personally believe it makes Google Apps more intuitive with a modern look. Few other Apps suppliers offer such a pleasant look which I believe will be imitated by a number of other Apps providers. Lollipop 5.0 is the first Android operating system to conform to Material Design. I am sure you will appreciate Lollypop’s 5.0 in good part for this new look.
- Google Play: Google app to access and download most Android supported Apps.
- Gmail: install Gmail first to open or access your Google account. Several other Google Apps and functions gravitate around Gmail: Contacts, Tasks, Google+, Hangouts, Dictionaries … Get your email instantly via push notifications, read and respond to your conversations online & offline, and search and locate any email. Gmail also lets you: Manage multiple accounts/View and save attachments/Set up label notifications. Please read the following article for more info on configuring Gmail: 1–How to configure Gmail?-2012/01/19.
- Inbox: to improve on Gmail, Google just came out with a new presentation format bundling your emails based on your email content, highlighting key elements to attract your attention to specific actions, adding your To-Dos as a reminder on top also tasks, offering to snooze messages and reminders whenever and wherever you choose. I have been using Inbox in parallel with Gmail for several days now and I can see why I will most probably move my email activities to Inbox. Send an email to email@example.com to request your invitation.
- Calendar: displays events from each of your Google Accounts that synchronizes with your Android devices. You can also: Create, edit, and delete events/View all your calendars at the same time, including non-Google calendars/Quickly email all event guests from a notification with a customizable message.
- Google Search: the industry standard for searching the internet.
- Google Maps incorporating Street View and Google Earth: most comprehensive and reliable map app on the market. Provides: comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories/Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking/Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 towns and cities/Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route/Detailed information on more than 100 million places/Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more/Google Earth for detailed pictures of the earth with 3D grounds and buildings representation for a growing number of cities.
- Google Chrome (Browser): top rated efficient mobile internet browser.
- Google Drive(Cloud): a quality Cloud service in support of most Google’s Apps. For more information on Cloud services, please read the following article at: 03 – Cloud services – Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive – 2012-12-25
- YouTube: the industry standard for video clips.
- Chromecast: the cheapest way (U$35 for the device) to convert your TV into a Smart TV for access to Netflix, for example. For more info, please read the following article at: 1-Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (From Google). The best there is for the price and ease of install and use!-2013-11-01
- Samsung Camera: for taking pictures and videos.
- Samsung Gallery: for storing pictures and videos.
- Dropbox (Cloud): the premier Cloud service used by the most Apps suppliers as their preferred Cloud service for storing backups and other files. For more information on Cloud services, please read the following article at: 03 – Cloud services – Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive – 2012-12-25
- Dropbox Carousel: for accessing all your photos on all your devices.
- Microsoft OneDrive(Cloud): important Cloud services supporting Microsoft Apps and more. For more information on Cloud services, please read the following article at: 03 – Cloud services – Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive – 2012-12-25 NOTE: SkyDrive is now called OneDrive.
- AVG Zen: install AVG Zen first and open an AVG account with user ID and password. This app will serve as the central hub for your AVG apps. Keep track of all your household’s PC’s, laptops and Android smartphones & tablets for better protection, improved performance, and enhanced privacy.
- AVG AntiVirus Security: Free, top-rated, real-time anti-virus and anti-theft protection for Android™ devices. AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android™ protects you from harmful viruses, malware, spyware and text messages and helps keep your personal data safe. One of the best in my experience!
- AVG Cleaner: Get more space – clean junk cache files and unwanted apps. Get more performance and extend battery life. Reduce data usage – view & remove apps by mobile data usage. Let it run automatically – daily/weekly auto-clean.
- AVG Vault: lets you encrypt, store and hide your most private/secret digital valuables on your device. Whether you have pictures to keep private, credit card details or personal IDs to protect or a whole host of other files, you can lock them encrypted where only you can access them using a personal password.
- eWalletGo: a very useful encrypted password storage App to securely keep all your password and other critical confidential info. Backup files are on Dropbox. I have been using this App for several years. OR
- 1Password: another very useful encrypted password storage App to securely keep all your password and other critical confidential info. Backup files are on Dropbox. Early in 2015, I have moved from eWalletGo to 1Password. For more information read: 3 – Implementing 1Password as your secure Password Magager-2015-02-28
- Easy Backup: backup App for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets,…).
- HMA! (Hide My Ass)Pro VPN: the world’s premium VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. It reroutes your internet connection via their own servers to hide your personal connection address for privacy and security. A MUST to protect yourself against Wi-Fi vicious intruders when using public Wi-Fi services anywhere: hotel rooms, airports, restaurants …
- OfficeSuite Pro Suite: preferred App for Microsoft compatible Word, Excel and PowerPoint document creation and editing with full Cloud (Dropbox) storage and retrieval. A must for serious Office type work! – Now that Microsoft Office is available on Android and iOS, if you are familiar with the Windows Office products, you can minimize your learning curve by implementing Microsoft Office 365 Personalon all your devices for a monthly fee of U$6.99. For this monthly fee you get:
- Microsoft Office 365 on ONE PC or MAC, with the following Office Apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
- Microsoft Office Mobile on ONE tablet and ONE
- Online versions of Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
- Offline storage to your PC.
- 1 TB of online storage on OneDrive (Microsoft Cloud) to save documents, photos, videos … and access them from anywhere on any of your devices. For one user.
- 60 minutes/month of Skype calls to mobile phones in 8 countries and landlines calls in 60+ countries. For one user.
- NOTE:Buy and implement Microsoft Office 365 Personal on your PC first, then download it from Google Play on your Android devices or iTunes store on your Apple Devices.
- Scoop.it: great App to publish and read on-line professionals and businesses posts. Scoop.it will automatically screen and email you the posts for your areas of interest. Very useful to follow topics of interest!
- MagicJackGo: for very low cost home phone service anywhere you have a high speed internet connection and free phone calls from anywhere around the world to Canada and the USA. For more information on this unbeatable phone service, please read the following article at: 4 – Powerful low cost telephone services-2014-07-15
- FreeZone: to identify free Wi-Fi services close by while away from home or office.
- FlightAware: for tracking flights while you or someone else is traveling to know actual departure and arrival times.
- TripAdvisor(City Guides Catalog): for valuable free city guides with visitors’ reviews.
- My Medical: for storing and easy access to all your personal confidential medical and emergency info.
How to regroup your Apps by Categories
The first step in organizing your Apps on your Android devices is to group them by categories. You should define your own categories. Below you will find my grouping by categories. My Android Apps categories have changed and change constantly to adapt to my needs at the time. They are sequenced in order of access frequency. Currently they are:
- Office: Microsoft Office Mobile, OfficeSuitePro, Google QuickOffice, Polaris Office 5, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Office Lens Preview, OneNote, Translate, Samsung SketchBook for Galaxy, Evernote.
- Cloud/Accounts: Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox on-line, Dropbox, Dropsync, Dropsync Pro Key, Microsoft account, Google Settings.
- /Business: TC2000 (Stock Charting), E*Trade (Brokerage), Yahoo Finance, Barchart (Stock Charting), Effective Volume (Web access), Business (Bloomberg Magazine), Quicken 2014 (Accounting), RBC Royal Bank (Banking), Bank of America (Banking).
- Entertainment/Media (Radio/TV/Video/Books): Netflix, Chromecast, YouTube, Music, Anyplace TV, Amazon Kindle, LaPresse Mobile, Kids Mode, EASY 93.1 (FL Radio station).
- Phone & Communications: Phone (Device cell phone), MagicJack (Virtual Home Phone), Hangouts Dialer, Voice (From Google), Skype, mysms.
- Camera/Photos/Videos: Camera (Samsung), Carousel (Dropbox), Gallery, YouTube, Video, Video Editor, PlayMemories Mobile, PlayMemories Online.
- Tools/Utilities: Clock, Calculator Plus, S Planner, Help, AVG PrivacyFix, AVG Zen, AVG Cleaner, Samsung SideSync 3.0, CS CamScanner, CS CamScanner Full Version, Barcode Scanner, S Pen User Guide, NFC Easy Connect, FreeZone, Scrapbook, Easy Backup, Google Keyboard, Photon Browser, KNOX, Bubble, HP ePrint.
- Secured Content: 1Password, eWalletGo, AVG Vault, My Medical, HMA! Pro VPN, AVG AntiVirus.
- Travel/Tourist: FlightAware, Google Maps, Google Earth, Beat The Traffic, TripAdvisor, Trip Adviser City Guides, TripAdvisor Paris, TripAdvisor Montreal, United Airlines.
- Food/Restaurants: Yelp, Open Table, SAQ.
- Sports/Health: Pinegrove GGGolf, GolfNow, SailFlow, S Health.
- Social/Blogs/UserGuides: LinkedIn, Scoop.it, Flipboard, AndroiCenttralGuide, WordPress, L’informatique personnelle actuelle, Today’s Personal Computing, Larousse.
- Google Apps: Google+, Hangouts, Voice, Voice Search, Earth, Maps, Photos, Authentication, Play Movies, Play Music, Goggles, Google Now Launcher, Google Settings, Play Books, Play Newsstand, Play Games.
- Samsung Apps: Action Memo, Calculator, Downloads, Group Play, Internet, My Files, PEN.UP, S Translator, S Voice, Samsung Link, Story Album, Voice Recorder, WatchON, GALAXY Apps, Bloomberg Business.
- Rogers Apps: My Rogers, Login, One Number, Shop, Rogers Navigator, Anyplace TV, Ringtones, City Video, Top HD Games.
- : Beep’nGo.
- NOTE: I do not use all the Apps on my smartphone. A number of these came with the phone or the update.
Following are photos of my four Home screens after configuring and customizing them to suit my needs.
The first one is my main screen. It has direct access to the Apps I access most often.
The second screen has most of my Apps regrouped by categories as detailed above.
The third screen is for my voice input widget plus 4 Apps icons and space for future new Apps that I may test or study.
The last Home screen contains three widgets of Apps I use daily for accessing and updating notes and documents.
As you can see from the above, using Apps folders and widgets, you can customize your device so that you have few screens to navigate to access Apps and folders. This is one great plus offered by Android’s KitKat and Lollypop operating systems!
Easily learn how to use your Samsung’s Android Lollipop 5.0 device functions by using the new “Help” App.
- Click on the “Apps” icon (Small squares icon, bottom right) to access all the Apps installed on your device.
- Scroll up to the Help app (Blue circle with a ?) and open it.
- Explore the “New features”.
- Follow “Getting started”.
- Explore “Applications”.
- Learn how to use “Settings”.
Remember that this App is always available on your device. Use it when in doubt or are looking for an answer! Here‘s the HELP screen:
Customize and configure your Android Lollipop 5.0 devices to satisfy your needs and increase your productivity
Android Lollipop 5.0 offers a very customizable Lock and Home/Launch screens functionality. You can choose the Lock screen wallpaper (background picture when the device is locked), choose the Home/Launch screens wallpaper (background picture once the device is unlocked), group apps within screen Folders, and insert and position widgets on Home/Launch screens.
Easily Activate/Deactivate your smartphone basic functions whenever you need to
NOTE 1: Since a number of the available basic device functions consume battery power, I generally only turn ON the options that I use regularly. If occasionally I need one function temporarily, I will turn it ON for that specific period of time and then turn it back OFF after. It’s so easy to do!
Note 2: Below is a description on what to do using a Samsung Note 3 running under Android Lollypop 5.0. It should be quite similar on other Samsung devices.
- Once signed-in, swipe down with two fingers from the top of the device. ALL the key functions will appear. The highlighted icon are ON, the others are OFF. NOTE 3: To quickly access the configuration parameters of a particular function, you only have to do a long press on this function icon and the function configuration details will appear. You then configure the function as you wish. This is quite useful rather than navigating Settings menu.
- Now, decide which functions to activate or deactivate to suit your needs using the guide below:
- Wi-Fi – Needs to be ON to use Wi-Fi. I always leave it on.
- Location – For your device to track where you are at any one time. I always leave it on because it is used by many Apps, for example: if you take a photo it will store & show the location where the photo was taken. NOTE: When you enable Location, the GPS which consumes a lot of energy is activated by default. To turn the GPS off and get your position via Wi-Fi and mobile networks, do a long press on the Position icon and the Position configuration details will appear. Select Mode, then Power Saving. This will allow you to get your position without spending much battery power.
- Sound – Choose between Sound, Vibrate or Mute. I usually leave it on Sound but will turn it to vibrate when I don’t want the phone to ring.
- Screen rotation – To allow the screen to rotate when you turn the device. I always leave it on.
- Bluetooth – Needs to be ON if you want a Bluetooth connection with another device. For example: if you want your phone to connect to your car phone functions or connect a Bluetooth mouse to the device.
- Reading mode – To optimize the screen for reading. For example: reading a book. Not being a big book reader I generally leave it OFF.
- Do not disturb – Turn it ON not to be disturbed for a phone ring, vibration or notation.
- Power saving – Turning ON Power saving will decrease your power consumption by changing a number of function settings at once. To learn more about Power saving mode go to Settings/General/Power saving mode and click on “Learn about Power saving”. I personally keep Power saving OFF.
- Multi window – To allow the multi window option to be activated. Since it is a useful function, I leave it ON all the time.
- Screen Mirroring – If you want to mirror your screen to an available device that supports this function. Limited use. I leave it OFF.
- Mobile hotspot – Super useful function that allows you to turn your phone, when connected to a data service provider, into a Wi-Fi hotspot. It generally supports up to five Wi-Fi devices connected to your phone Wi-Fi hotspot. This new function simplifies turning your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. To learn more about Wi-Fi hotspots, read article: 2–FoxFi–Turn your Android phone into a WiFi Hotspot-2012/10/14 NOTE: This article, dating from 2012 has become obsolete with the “Mobile hotspot” option available on the newer smartphones. 13.3 – Mobile telephony and Internet with a WiFi Hotspot-2013-05-21 .
- S Beam – Can be used to transfer files between two devices supporting S Beam. Example: transferring photos from your phone to a friend phone. I don’t use this function, so I leave it OFF.
- NFC – Can be used instead of a credit card for payment in stores in conjunction with the right electronic payment App. It can also be used to transfer files between two NFC devices. Example: transferring photos from your phone to a friend’s phone. To learn more on how easy it is to do watch the following YouTube video: How To Use NFC on Galaxy Note 3 For File Transfer .
- Air view – To use your finger or the S Pen to preview a photo or other info by hovering over it. To learn more on how easy it is to do watch the following YouTube video: How to use Air View on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 .
- Air gesture – To move your hand over your device to execute certain glance and browse functions. To learn more on how easy it is to do watch the following YouTube video: Air Gesture – Samsung Galaxy Note 3 .
- Hands free – This feature lets you control your smartphone with just your voice. I plan to learn more on using voice commands for a lot of smartphone functions in the near future. In the means time, to learn more about this function read the following article: Go hands free on your Android phone with Touchless Control
- Smart stay – This is a neat feature that prevents your screen going into sleeping mode while you are looking at it. I leave it ON all the time.
- Smart pause – This is a feature that pauses a video you are watching if you move your head away from looking at the screen. I leave it OFF all the time because it is not of importance to me.
- Sync – I keep the sync function ON to make sure that my info is constantly synchronized.
- Flight mode – To turn your device into Flight mode when required on an airplane.
- Touch sensitivity – Useful function if you wear gloves, in winter for example. This will increase the sensitivity of your device to react to touches with your gloves on. I don’t have to use this function since I never wear gloves, so I leave it OFF.
- Once you are satisfied of your choices, click the Back key, bottom right.
Home screens menu options
Click Menu (Left of the Home button) on any Home screen and the following options will appear: Wallpapers, Widgets and Home Screen Settings.
Choosing the Home screens wallpaper (background picture)
- Click Menu (Left of the Home button) on any Home screen and menu options will appear. Select “Wallpaper”.
- Pick “Home screen”, “Lock screen” or “Home and lock screen”.
- Select “From Gallery” or several optional screens, or Bubbles, PEN.UP, Phase beam or “Wallpapers”. Pick “Wallpapers” to pick from photos stored in Carousel, Gallery, OneDrive, Dropbox, Photos, and other sources, or pick from other Samsung’s wallpapers.
- Pic one and a check mark will appear, then click “Set wallpaper” on top, to confirm the wallpaper image you selected.
- Exit to see your new wallpaper.
Adding a Widget to a Home/Launch screen
- Click Menu (Left of the Home button) on any Home screen and menu options will appear. Select “Widgets”.
- Scroll between screens.
- Pick and hold the Widget you want to bring to a Home/Launch screen and release it on the location you prefer.
- To add a new Launch screen, move the widget you want on the empty screen and release it there: a new screen should appear.
- You can reposition a widget anywhere by holding it and dragging it to where you want it to be, and releasing it.
Adding an App icon to a Home/Launch screen
- Click on the “Apps” icon (Small squares icon, bottom right) to access the Apps on your device.
- Scroll between Apps screens.
- Pick and hold the App icon you want to bring to a Home/Launch screen and release it on the location you prefer.
- To add a new Launch screen, move the App icon you want on an empty screen and release it there: a new screen should appear.
- You can reposition an App icon anywhere by holding it and dragging it to where you want it to be, and releasing it.
Creating Apps Folders on Android Lollipop 5.0 Home/Launch screens
- Click on the “Apps” icon (Small squares icon, bottom right) to access the Apps on your device.
- Hold your finger on an App icon until “Create Folder” appears in the top left corner.
- Drag the App icon on top of “Create Folder” and drop it there.
- Enter the folder name: the name of a category of Apps, as shown above.
- Once completed, click the + sign.
- Then, you can navigate between your Apps screens and select every other App you want included into this newly created Apps folder by touching the black square by the App icon.
- Once all the Apps going into this newly created Apps folder have a check mark, click Done (upper right).
- The newly created Apps folder will display on the screen with the category name.
- You can add Apps to an App folder by holding, dragging and dropping the selected App you want to add to a category on top of the selected folder. The App will be incorporated into the folder as soon as you release (drop) the App icon on top of that folder.
- Position each App folder on the Home/Launch screens, at a location you feel will make it easy for you to access.
Creating Apps folders will allow you to reduce to a minimum the number of home/launch screens you have to browse to find and start the app you are looking for.
This completes this extensive article on configuring and customizing your newly updated Android Lollipop 5.0 devices. We hope it will help you fully benefit from the new functionality and user interface of this powerful mobile device operating system.