Android 5.0 Lollipop review – The Latest and Biggest Google’s Update

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After KitKat, Google Android comes with 5.0 Lollipop with a significant design change and a collection of outstanding features.

Right now, this release is available on the Nexus 9 and in coming months, it is available to dozens of mobile devices to bring fresh design and the latest features.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop reviews

This year, Google has been busy with their biggest Google’s updates Android Lollipop 5.0. Apart from Android TV and Android Auto, we have seen the latest Google’s new Material Design principles for all latest products.

No doubt, Android Lollipop 5.0 comes with a new interface that based on Material Design, latest application runtime, and of course, many unexpected features that I am going to explain through this post.

Laggy Keyboard:

You don’t find the space bar working always and sometimes it only keeps up the typing pace. Here, we are not taking part in typing speed content and thus, we don’t have to reflect our skills. However, if we are comparing to other users, we leave easy.

Laggy Keyboard

According to some tech-experts, users can have choice of a factory reset. Even, one can also move to Android KitKat until the situation improves.

Material Design:

One of the biggest news for Android L is the way it appears and it is going beyond the smart mobile device to the watch, TV, car and tablet.

Material Design

At the first look, you will find the latest design is strange, however, it is based on animation, shadow look real, ripple, etc. that seems most brands. Users cannot find ‘teleportation between apps’ as every animation will be allowed to get connected with each other.

Users can also find home, back and multi-tasking window buttons refine. It is the biggest steps for delivering more intuitive-looking and clean version of Google’s mobile platform.

Calls:

Here, I am checking the flavor of calling capabilities of the latest operating system in Android Lollipop operating system. For example, now, people can find a dialler option in Hangouts that mean you can make calls through Google’s messaging system for cheaper. However, such things won’t replace the main device.

Calls of Lollipop

Users will find one of the biggest changes in the call notification that won’t destroy, no matter what you are doing with the full screen. Instead, you can also get notification that can select to attend or reject the calls.

We will soon test the final Android Lollipop version on an actual device, so to look how it looks and works on phone.

Camera performance:

Now, you will find the device’s camera impractical. First of all, it takes time to open the device and another eternity before it starts to focus. Moreover, in some occasions, it completely crashed the device. Users will find capture picture unclear and fuzzy.

Thus, when you are going to capture some special moments, you have to ensure to be prepared for watching your device shut down. ‘Lagging and crashing’ is one of the ‘biggest’ problems that we find with this latest operating systems, reported Gizmodo.

Network issues

Network issues have been one of the widely documented issues with the OS upgrade and our smart device hasn’t been safe. A little exclamation mark next to network symbol means that one cannot have internet access. Now, you have to restart your device to get it back. However, users don’t always realize the same connectivity problem.

Quick settings:

Now, you can have the swipe-down quick-settings menu with a nice sliding animation when you open it. You can find it above the notification shade that you can do by swiping down with two fingers or by swiping past your notifications available at the top of device’s screen.

Quick settings Lollipop

At the menu house, you can simple manages airplane mode, screen-casting, flashlight, screen rotation lock and so on. Additionally, you can also find brightness slider with enhanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles below.

With this, you can also turn these services on/off and can access more advanced settings. Even, you can find shortcuts for your phone settings and to switch user accounts with an ease.

Battery saving:

A new Battery Saver mode is added by this latest Android Lollipop that limits vibrations, clocks down CPU, minimize ambient light and turns off background data when your device needs some additional power. Moreover, you can turn on manually and program it to turn automatically when your device’s battery becomes too low. About 90 minutes of additional life can be added by it, according to Google.

Battery saving Lollipop

Moreover, you can also able to see how much time your device has left before it fully charged. In the battery setting menu, you can also see the time required to charge your mobile’s battery. It is very helpful features when you are charging your device.

User Accounts & Pinning Apps:

User Accounts 1 Lollipop

User accounts option has been introduced by Google to hold this new social world, so you can develop a secure environment for other users and avoid them from ruining your setup or accessing anything that you don’t want to such as messages, email, etc.

Accounts Lollipop

In addition to user account, you also have an option of “pin” apps that allows your users to access only task that you have assigned them. With Pinning applications, you can locked one applications effectively, no matter, it is the dialer, game or Chrome. One can need a pin for exiting the task and something; you will come up with before offering your device to others. It is an excellent stuff when you have children.

Security:

Now, you will find a new way to unlock your device, which is better known as Smart Lock. You can use with any compatible Bluetooth device, including an NFC tag, the Moto 360, etc. to unlock phone. Having this feature, you can able to unlock your device when it is close to the Bluetooth device or can tap an NFC tag.

Alternatively, whenever you are fare, it locks your device and you have to unlock with PIN, password or pattern lock. This isn’t new to unlock an Android device by using Bluetooth or NFC, but you can use to separate application. It is one of the best features that allow backing into OS.

Moreover, you can also find Encryption by default on all products running 5.0 Lollipop that keep them safe by scrambling the data on it. Users can only unscramble data with a special key that they can access with password.

For older Android, you can have encryption as a security option and can easily set. However now, you cannot have to think about turning on.

Apps Get Full SD Card Access:

We have noticed that how application in Android KitKat could access different areas of storage, especially when a microSD card inserted? Developers also have complained about such restrictions and Google replied them in Android Lollipop by inserting memory cards.

It makes easier for media-heavy apps to faultlessly store and access videos, photos, audio files on memory card with an ease.

But perhaps most notably, the change also makes it possible for apps to install themselves entirely on the SD card, which should be a nice way of offsetting the fact that ART-friendly apps now take up more space.

Availability:

Right now, users can find Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus devices only. However, it is up to carriers and the manufacturers of those devices when it is available to the other devices. Some of the devices like LG G3, Moto X, and Moto G get the upgrade first.

Moreover, some of the devices already received it. One of the best ways to get Android Lollipop device is by purchasing a new Nexus 6 or Nexus 9.

Miscellaneous:

There is collection of small changes here and there with every new Android update throughout the operating system, which are as follows:

Miscellaneous

  • “OK, Google” voice command works excellent when the screen off on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6
  • Users will also find faster setup process for the latest device by using NFC migrate your account over by tapping new device against older one.
  • New ART Android runtime for enhancing performance and responsiveness in your applications.
  • Support for 64-bit devices such as the Nexus 9, and 64-bit native apps.
  • Support for 68+ languages, including Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Basque, Bengali, Galician, Icelandic, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Sinhala, Tamil and Telugu
  • Easy to use switch between tap-and-pay NFC payment apps
  • Easy connect to Wi-Fi when verified internet connection is available rather than searching for other network.
  • Some of the best professional photography features, including control settings for the camera lens, raw images, sensor and flash, capturing full-resolution frames at 30 frames per second and so on.
  • You will find print preview option and it also has ability to choose particular page when printing.
  • Improved multimedia performance, including lower-latency audio and USB audio accessory support

Updated Applications:

  • Contacts

The design of Contacts in Android Lollipop is greatly enhanced. As per image, now users will get the interface a blue accent color with the circular contact photo style that we also find on other platform.

Consolidating the controls, they have cleaned up the interface into the top part of the application by removing needless parts of the interface like line between two accounts. With these changes, we also enhance usability as it helps to simplify interface that now created of two sections.

Contacts - Lollipop

  • Calculator

Users will be happy to get a complete visual renovate in the calculator application in Lollipop. The separate visual keys for each button are designed by Google on the calculator that allows to simply floating atop a solid colored background. The edge of the overlay is designed with exponential and trigonometric. The landscape view of calculator has been highly enhanced.

Calculator - Lollipop

Additionally, you will find every button in the landscape view on a single screen, which is separated into three different colors.

Messenger:

In Android Lollipop 5.0 Os, a surprising new application called Messenger is available that seems a better version of the AOSP Messaging app. It is one of the best examples for those people, who are stocking Android on a Nexus device. One of the best examples of applications, Messenger uses more grey color in Lollipop than in Kitkat.

Messenger - Lollipop

A grey background is also used by the application with white speech bubbles for messages you send and colored ones for messages that you have received.

Moreover, the color of receiving message depends on whether you want to assign photo of contact that you are texting. A random color is also set for the speech bubbles if you don’t. It makes an excellent dynamic interface; however, it can sometimes result in bright pink conversations that may be not needed.

Bottom Line:

There is no doubt Android Lollipop is one of the best versions of Android, available with more attractive features and functionality. When we are comparing iOS 8 and Lollipop, we come to know that Google has done tremendous job by developing latest operating system for Android Platform.

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