Android 5.0 Lollipop

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Chai, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I have just sideloaded my Nexus 7 to Lollipop as I can't wait for the official OTA update.

    My first impressive is pretty 'meh'. Flat design is the trend, but I dislike it, pretty much the same when I saw iOS 7. Not a good looking UI IMO.

    There are some improvements in terms of features that was missing in Kitkat like how long it takes to fully charge the device and some other smaller changes. They combined both apps notification and system settings notification into 1, which I hate it.

    I wouldn't bother with Lollipop if I knew about the changes. Thankfully only the Nexus devices will see the changes. OEM manufacturers, please don't follow the stock UI! :thumb:
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    It's the trend alright. Even iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite have the new flat design.

    I don't think many new or current Android phones will receive Lollipop until late Q1 or early Q2 2015.

    What about the battery saving mode? Is that useful?
  3. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I don't know. I seldom drain it that much, plus every OEM already has that battery saving mode.

    Most Android phones not running on Lollipop are already receiving apps built on the flat design. They are not losing much at all TBH.
  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    That's what I thought - most of us try not to let the phone drain until the last bit.

    Then again, in the past year, I have had three occasions where my 3 year old iPhone 4S drained below the last 10%. So I think it would be useful as the battery ages and their capacity drops.

    They also claim that Lollipop will allow developers to better track and monitor their app power consumption so they can keep it down. Theoretically, that should lead to lower power consumption in future apps.
  5. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Like I say all the time, nothing beats having a phone with bigger battery, unless there's some miracle in regards to battery technology. Haha. Luckily some manufacturers are still doing that, Like Motorola and Sony.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  6. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Yeah, but as you know, the trend is for phones to get thinner, not to get bigger batteries. LOL!

    Seriously, it's like a (crazy) bragging contest

    - My new model is the thinnest phone ever!
    - This is 34% thinner than last year's model!
    - Our phone is thinner than our rival's!
  7. ET3D

    ET3D Newbie

    I'm not currently planning to update my Nexus 7 2012 to Lollipop. I read the Ars Technica article which showed that it only slows the tablet down (even if a little), and coupled with potential compatibility problems (which happen with every major OS upgrade) I feel like it will hurt more than help.
  8. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    My nexus 7 2013 performs very well for an old processor.

    Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk
  9. ET3D

    ET3D Newbie

    Did you see any improvement by going to 5.0?

    From the comments at Ars, ART isn't enabled for the Nexus 7 2012, so there's no performance or battery benefits from that. Is is enabled for the 2013 version?
  10. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I was already using ART back in Kitkat, but it was an option which I didn't hesitate to change knowing the advantages. Although Nexus 7 2013 is not new today, but it still performs surprisingly well.

    So the only improvements that I can see is the UI changes. I didn't like all the changes. I don't like how they combined the notification and the setting bars together.
  11. The_YongGrand

    The_YongGrand Just Started

    I heard that Nokia's new tablet has an Android 5.0 inside. They might be experimenting on something very new again.
  12. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    That's because Microsoft has officially taken over the mobile division of Nokia, which excludes the tablet. So they are free to release any tablet which is not Microsoft based. And it is only restricted for 18 months(unsure). After that, they can release Android phones too.

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