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Android Lollipop Has A Big Red ButtonGoogle has now revealed Android Lollipop will come with what is being termed a “kill switch”. A feature called “Factory Reset Protection” will be included in the update that will ensure you need to enter a password before you can reset the device.
Google introduced a feature last year where you could remotely lock your phone down. If you were to combine both these features it would mean your Android phone has a “kill switch” so whenever you lose your phone or it’s stolen it’ll be rendered useless.
Apple has had a similar feature in iOS for quite a while so Google is playing a little catch up with this one.
Most of this was demonstrated at the Google I/O when Android L was announced and you’ll find all you need to know down below this section.
The biggest addition in the announcement today is arguably the new battery saver mode. All devices running on Android L will be able to activate this mode and save more than 90 minutes of battery life between charges. The feature has been seen on various manufacturers devices but it is now a part of the core Android experience.
Android 5.0 includes multiple user accounts as well as a guest user mode. There is also a bunch of new ways to secure your device using trusted Bluetooth connections.
The biggest announcement is when it’ll be landing. It will debut on three new Nexus devices the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player streaming device.
It’ll then roll out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks. No mention of the Nexus 4 so far.
Other manufacturers will then follow but we are yet to hear specific dates for the roll out. Expect your recent Android device to receive the update, especially if your manufacturer is pretty good at rolling them out thick and fast (e.g Motorola).