11 Hidden Lollipop Features Coming Soon to Your Nexus 5
When Android 5.0 rolls out to the Nexus 5, several changes and new features will come along with it. While the update hasn't started hitting any devices yet, it is expected within the next two weeks, and Google has already posted a massive changelog.
We've pored through this list—which includes over 700 Nexus 5-specific commits—and found quite a few interesting tidbits of info. Changes range from software tweaks to new hardware capabilities, and we'll break down some of the more interesting features in plain English below.
Lots of new code (highlighted in green) has made its way into Android 5.0 for the Nexus 5
We've already covered some of the awesome stuff that the new Android 5.0 camera API will allow for, but a set of hidden gems give some new insight.
84057fd : Camera3: Implement Raw capture up to HAL 
As noted in the above-linked article, Android 5.0's new camera API will allow for raw (DNG) capture , and it means that the actual image captured by your Nexus 5's camera sensor can be stored in an unadulterated state, allowing for better post-processing and cleaner JPEG compression.
7f36295 : camera: apply Fast Autofocus algorithm 
ae49ce4 : Camera3: Add support for face detection 
7f6c37b : QCamera3: Flash Firing Level Support 
A new Fast Auto-Focus  method and support for Face Detection  should make focusing on the subject of your photo faster and easier than ever. And with rich LED Flash Controls , you'll be able to control the brightness, warmth, and power of the camera's flash function—but these features will require an update to the existing camera app.
fa2212b : Camera3: Add new EXIF fields for JPEG 
New EXIF data  can now tag your photos with exposure time, white balance info, and sub-second capture time, but possibly the most interesting info here is a Video HDR Mode .
By capturing multiple exposures simultaneously, then blending them together for the best balance, videos should now be less washed-out or dark in extreme lighting conditions. It remains to be seen how this new Video HDR Mode will affect resolution or frame rate, as the feature has not yet been implemented in the stock Google Camera app.
USB Audio & Other Sound Enhancements
USB headset and speaker owners will love these next few commits:
b13d9ef : Enable multi-format usb audio output for Hammerhead 
df82f27 : Add loudness enhancer effect in the default configuration file 
Finally, the Nexus 5 will have support for USB Audio —both output andinput . And once you plug your awesome USB audio equipment into your Nexus 5, you'll be happy to find a new Loudness Enhancer  DSP mode mixed in amongst the stock audio presets.
NFC Changes and...Ethernet Support?
These last two noteworthy commits bring new hardware capabilities to the Nexus 5. Oddly enough, the N5 will now support an Ethernet Connection —presumably through a USB-to-Ethernet adapter.
667f7d6 : Add ethernet support for hammerhead 
0a5b356 : Hammerhead: NFC: Keep controller in snooze mode. 
The second entry here will have a lot more practical applications—a new NFC Snooze Mode  was created, and set as default on the Nexus 5. This mode allows your phone to be waken by an NFC tag or other NFC-equipped device, and means that the Nexus 5 can now interact with such devices even with the screen off.
Overall, Lollipop looks like it will bring a lot more to the table than a few flashy animations and a new Material Design interface. Which Nexus 5-specific changes are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.