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Android M vs Android 5.1 Lollipop Walkthrough: What’s New So Far

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Android 5.1 vs Android M - Pulldown Bar Quick Settings

Android 5.1 vs Android M - Pulldown Bar Quick Settings

When you unlock into Android M the entire experience looks almost the same at first glance. Nothing on the main screen is any different, but there are changes. All the new additions are with permissions, do not disturb mode, quick settings, a dark theme for the settings menu, doze to improve battery life and more. Again, most of this isn't visual, so it's hard to see some of the changes at first glance.

The notification pulldown bar remains for the most part the same, but swiping down with two finger to access the quick settings has some changes. For one, the quick settings can be changed and rearranged like 3rd party manufacturers have been doing for years, but this is hidden in developer options and may not be an option when Android M is released.

However you'll notice a new "Do not disturb" quick setting in Android M. Tapping this turns off all notifications, even alarms, but lets you customize everything. The do not disturb mode has been improved with more user control with options for total silence with zero notifications, only allowing alarms to go off, or a customizable priority mode where only select contacts will be allowed through.

This is great for while at work, in meetings, or at night while sleeping.

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  1. Justin

    06/18/2015 at 6:19 pm

    I have been running the 5.1.1 AICP version (based on CM 12) on my Galaxy s5 for about 3weeks. I’m having terrible trouble with GMAPS since install. Hopefully the stock sprint OTA 5.1.1 update will not have the same issue. Its almost unusable. Constantly searching for GPS locations. Even under high accuracy settings. ** I am trying older PRL’s to see if that makes any difference**

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