There are 15 key differences between the Lollipop theme and the Kitkat theme. Please read our detailed reviews with illustrations.
With Lollipop, most of the features you love about Android are still there and work just as before, but some subtle design changes give everything a fresh new look.
15 Key Differences Between Lillipop and Kitkat Themes
Tap and Go
To set up your new Lollipop device, you’ll be presented with the option to “tap and go.” This NFC-and-Bluetooth-powered data transfer lets you move all of your Google Account details, configuration settings, data and apps over to a new device just by placing your old phone or tablet against it.
Use the flashlight
Pull down the notification drawer then tap the top bar to reveal the flashlight app alongside other options like airplane mode. The app will only appear if your device has an LED flash alongside its camera.
Prioritize your apps
Lollipop lets you set up a list of important apps that are allowed to disturb you even when most aren’t. Head to Settings -> Sound & notification -> App notifications and you can choose to block each app or mark it as a priority one.
Deal with notifications from the lock screen
In Lollipop all of your app notifications appear on the lock screen ready for viewing. Not only that, but you can interact with them as well. Swipe to dismiss, tap to reply and so on, depending on the app in question. A double-tap gets you into the relevant app.
If you want to hand over your device to one of your kids or a friend, you can “pin” them inside one single app.
Jump to app settings
Lollipop has improve the ability to jump straight to an app’s settings or information panel right from the lock screen. Long-press on any notification and (depending on the app) you’ll see a cog icon (the app settings shortcut) and an info icon (the app notification settings shortcut).
Predict battery life
New to Android Lollipop is the ability to see how much time is left before the battery runs out of juice, or how long you need to wait before your device is fully charged up.
Search settings and networks
Google’s search bar is getting more ubiquitous with each passing version of Android, and in Lollipop it’s made it into the Settings app. Tap the magnifying glass icon to use it. It can be a quick way of finding a particular option you’re looking for, especially if you don’t already know what menu or heading it’s under. You can use the same feature to bring up saved Wi-Fi networks too.
Enter guest mode
Sharing devices with other people (friends, colleagues, family members, and distracted children) can be a real pain, but Lollipop’s new Guest Mode eases it somewhat.
Improve text legibility
If you were wondering if the Accessibility menu within Settings would get overlooked in the Android Lollipop upgrade, there’s a new experimental feature here called High contrast text. Essentially, it gives white or difficult-to-read text a black outline when it’s being viewed on a light background.
Chromecast more quickly
It’s right in the notification drawer—tap on the Cast screen icon to locate your Chromecast and begin screen casting.
Add trusted devices
A trusted device is a specified Bluetooth or NFC-enabled gadget that will automatically disable the security code or pattern on your Android phone or tablet when it’s in range.
Hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign
This works a little bit like the priority app notifications we mentioned earlier, but it’s based around times and days more than apps.
Get back to your apps after a reboot
In Lollipop, you will have your recently opened apps been present on the Overview screen when you reboot your device to help you quickly get back to a previous conversation or website if you need to.
Save the battery
Android Lollipop includes a built-in battery saver mode that you can get to kick in at 15 percent battery, 5 percent battery or never (you can also switch it on and off manually). It cuts off some background syncing and vibrations and makes various other tweaks as well.
The above-mentioned features are just some of the notable differences between Lollipop and Kitkat themes; there are even more subtle changes in the Lollipop theme that make it worth the update.