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If You’re Looking For An Honest Review of Android 5.0 Lollipop, You Can’t Miss This

If You’re Looking For An Honest Review of Android 5.0 Lollipop, You Can’t Miss This

Nexus smartphones should receive the new Google update any day now. And this update is more than just a little streamlining and some minor design changes.

Android represents a major shift in how Google and Android want to see themselves. Android’s website on the update notes how Android “powers your watch, your TV, and even your car.” Android wants to be a new OS like Microsoft Windows – but even bigger.

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The first thing to note is the interface and user design. As great as smartphone and tablet interfaces have been in the past, they still frequently feel like a computer interface with touch options enabled rather than a true touchscreen.

The Lollipop aims to change that. No longer do you have to collapse one window to open another one, which you then have to scrabble about with your finger to reopen at a later time. Google’s new “Material Design” philosophy uses layers and animations to bring a new, interactive feel to this medium.

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User interface and the design of Android phones after the Lollipop update are important, but what matters is how well the features work now. Lollipop has improved several of its features, including Ring Boost, in order to make its phones more accessible.

Gmail and Google Calendar are much easier to use from a design perspective and from additions made to those apps. You can also now see notifications on your phone when your screen is locked, which means that you do not need to unlock your phone every time your phone makes a noise. A white card will appear with the notification, which makes it more legible.

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These new features and the design upgrades are fantastic, but the simplest and best upgrade that the Lollipop gives is how it affects your battery life. Something that comes with Lollipop is Project Volta, which shows how much battery your apps are using, how much longer your battery has left, and enables a power-saving mode which Android has not had before now.

So, what do all of these improvements mean? It represents how Google and Android are looking to become more than just a smartphone. They want your phone to be connected to your car, which is connected to your Google desktop, which is connected to all of your other devices.

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Featured photo credit: Android Police via androidpolice.com

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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