Lollipop Update Will See Revamped Printing Features

October 21, 2014 - Written By Ian Jardine

Just as expected, as Android 5.0 Lollipop’s official release to consumers gets nearer, we are learning more and more about the vast number of changes we will encounter when it comes time to actually start using Lollipop on our devices. Google has given its Android OS it’s most significant overhaul to date, and it won’t come a moment too soon. Many people criticized Google’s previous updates of Android for not doing enough to bring about the types of changes people really want, but from what we have learned about Lollipop these critics should be silenced. Some of these changes are quite significant, like the addition of enhanced notifications. Using this particular feature means Lollipop users will be able to pull down on their lock screen to open their notifications drawer and double tap a notification to open the corresponding app. Other changes are not so significant, like the change to the clock app we reported recently which will see Android’s stock clock app automatically change color during the day. Another of these smaller changes to Android 5.0 Lollipop will appear when you use the print menu.

Before Lollipop, when you wanted to print something you were greeted with a very basic, albeit functional, user interface. You could select things like paper size and the number of copies desired but not much else. With Lollipop, you will be greeted with much more advanced options. It keeps all the features that were previously available but adds a few more to make it a much more well-rounded experience. One of these features is allowing users the ability to see a preview of a document before they decide to print it, save it as a PDF, or save it in the cloud. Google has also added the ability to select specific pages of a document to save or print. These changes, of course, will also reflect the Material Design layout that Google has brought to the Lollipop update.

As stated earlier, these additional printing features that will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop may not be as seismic as the many others we will see but, much like the changes to the clock app, they are representative of Google wanting to make Android as functional and enjoyable as possible in every way. For many people, using the Android OS is a huge part of their daily lives and by putting so much consideration into all details, no matter how large or small, Google is showing their commitment to making sure Android users will be more than satisfied with their Lollipop.