Google officially revealed a lot of details about the new Android 5.0 operating system on Wednesday but it missed to elaborate on two key features – new messaging app & factory-reset protection (kill switch).
According to a report in Android Police, Google has re-introduced a standalone messaging app in Android 5.0, which was earlier replaced with Hangouts in Android 4.4 (in at least Nexus devices). Not many details are available about the app at this point but it looks your normal SMS/ MMS application with a brand new Material Design user-interface.
In a statement, Google told Android Police that the new messaging app will not be replacing Hangouts and will just complement it.
“Messenger and Hangouts offer users choice, each have their own benefits. Hangouts work great for cross platform (web, iOS, Android) and cross medium communications (video, voice,messaging, SMS). Messenger will be specially designed to be a quick and easy way to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on Android; more to come (Nexus 6 will come with both apps),” Google noted in the statement.
Coming to the Factory Reset Protection, the Android Lollipop will add password protection to the factory reset setting (can be done remotely), thus thwarting the thieves or random people from resetting your phone (which is needed to resell the phone), in turn rendering it unusable. Exact specifics are unclear at this point but it should become clear as Android 5.0 devices hit the market.