The Android 5.0 Lollipop aam aadmi review: I think I’ve made a terrible mistake

This is what Android Lollipop update means to a layman.

Written by Rajkrishnan Menon | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2014 11:12 am
androidlollipop This is what Android Lollipop update means to a layman.

Android 5 System Update’: I wasn’t among the many who were eagerly waiting for this message to pop up, and when it did, I lazily said, ‘Later’. But it did not take no for an answer, it persisted. And I downloaded. The whole process took only a little over five minutes.

When my Nexus 5 rebooted, for a moment I thought it had morphed into a Nexus 6: The icons were different, the lock screen was different, the gallery app was gone. Even the fonts had changed. ‘Material design’, I am told.

But I think I’ve made a terrible mistake: Now I have to get used to my phone all over again. For instance, I have to tap twice to open an app or an email. As a first-time Android/Touch phone user, I had barely got used to the one-touch trick. And I haven’t yet figured out how to get rid of the ‘BBM: Connected’ icon from the lock screen.

Android Lollipop

That’s right. Although I rarely use it, I still have BBM on my phone as a relic from, and a reminder of, a turbulent, not so distant past when my so-called smart phone, a BB, depended on me to stay sorted and alive when it should have been the other way round.

Anyway, I am even finding it slightly difficult to scroll the apps: I am convinced there is a lag. But I also noticed that the lockscreen tells me things like “12 minutes until full” when the phone is charging. Hmm.

Android ‘L’. Looks lighter, trimmer. I also found out about the Flashlight problems (But I guess that has more to do with Nexus) and how it is tough to ‘silence’ your phone totally with this OS. But maybe I’ll learn to like it.

Ok, so I wanted to Google something, and opened Chrome. All I wanted was one tab: For a simple, routine Google search. Whoa! Many of my recent tabs were floating around: Office mail, the Express epaper tab, my Twitter page…I started getting rid of them, stopping after six or seven tabs to think, “Oh God! This is never-ending.

Am I deleting my bookmarks, too?!” No. As it happened, I was only swiping away my recent tabs. It was like I had opened Chrome on my laptop.

I realise these guys meant business when they said, “We’d like to change the way you use smartphones and the web.”

Mission Lollipop has begun.

Written by Rajkrishnan Menon.

Also read his: Google Nexus 5 review for dummies: 5 reasons why I bought the Android flagship

A technically sound full review of the Android Lollipop will follow soon.

Meanwhile, please share your Lollipop experience in the comment section below.

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