20 November 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop - early issues

I've had the over-the-air update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for 36 hours, and I have a few observations:

  • Skype stopped working until uninstalled and reinstalled
  • My Nexus 5 lost its APN settings (carrier is virtual mobile network operator TPG, which resells Optus in Australia)
  • No obvious effect on battery life
  • In two apps a dialogue box has stopped working - I can't connect in FinchVPN, and I can't install the latest beta of Waze. In each case, the relevant button doesn't work and I have to click cancel.
  • Some things take more clicks - e.g. changing the wifi network manually or getting into Settings
  • Notifications on the lock screen are pretty cool, but you need to change the notification settings for apps that tended to sit in the Notifications area in 4.4.4, such as Skype or Lightflow
  • Do Not Disturb is a nice touch but not completely intuitive to set up
  • I had read reports that there would be a single app for mail that did both Gmail and Exchange - that's not correct. 
  • Messenger is much better for SMS than Hangouts
  • Bluetooth settings now have not only Phone Audio and Media Auto, but also Contact Sharing, which reduces a dialog when connecting in a car.
  • There are plenty of bugs, such as the button bug above, and sometimes checkboxes don't respond, such as when changing the profiles of a paired Bluetooth device

I'd say it's worth upgrading, but don't do it on the morning of a day that you really need your phone to work completely as expected!

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