With Android “L” release — which still doesn’t have a name — notifications are getting a pretty neat upgrade. We’ll now get a richer experience when using our phones with what Google calls “Enhanced Notifications”. I additions to advanced notifications, we’ll get a nice new method for unlocking our phones.

Notifications will now appear in more of a card layout, keeping the aesthetic we find in Google Now. On the lock screen, we can now swipe down for a full list of notificaitons, and double tap to get right into the app for any action we need. If we want to dismiss a notification, we can still swipe it away, and swiping them all away gets us “into the device”.

Unlocking is getting a bit of an upgrade, too. Your Android device with “L” will now recognize an approved device like a smartwatch. If you’re wearing one of them, your security layer — like a PIN — will disable. Once you’re not wearing the watch, it reverts back to the lockscreen path you choose. The same can be said of WiFi connections, and other devices like tablets nearby. It can even recognize a specific voice imprint.

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