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Old 19. May 2012, 05:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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With the Android 4.0 ICS introduced to the market since last year, talks are that Android 5.0 will be launched in later part of this year.

This article covers what to expect from this new version of Android being developed:
  • File Manager
  • Jelly Bean Lite
  • Integrated Google Chrome
  • Better Power Distribution
  • Efficient Upgrades and more
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Old 21. May 2012, 08:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also news is that there will be multiple nexus phones - so all in all Android 5 will emerge winner in front of any other rumoured 5 phone
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Not much left from the sayings... :-)
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Old 16. Jan 2015, 07:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My phone runs on JellyBean 4.3 even though there is an official KitKat 4.4.2 update available. Lot of users complained about issues with KitKat which caused me to avoid the update and keep my current version.
I'm reading a lot about Lollipop and how buggy it is, even with the 5.0.1 update. No software is bug-free, that's for sure, but it looks like Google used Nexus users as "crash test dummies" before releasing the lollipop update to the rest of the world. The OTA updates have stopped too, and word on the street says Google will launch Lollipop 5.1 in Q1.
In times like this, I'm glad I didn't buy a Nexus....
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Old 16. Jan 2015, 08:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I recently got a Nexus 5, but I haven't started using it yet. I was waiting for the Lollipop update to arrive, but I am kinda glad that it didn't arrive, because I would have updated to it.

On reading around for the expected Lollipop update, I found out about the many bugs that are there in Lollipop 5.0, and even 5.0.1. Which might be the reason why the Lollipop update for Nexus 5 was pulled back, and now there is no news of 5.0.1 arriving for it. 5.0.2 has arrived for Nexus 7, but no news for Nexus 5.

My cousin has got Nexus 5 too, and he complained of various bugs with Lollipop 5.0.1. He told me to stick with KitKat for now, and I will take his advice.

The phone had 4.3 originally I guess, and 4.4.4 was available OTA, and I updated to it. As far as I know, there should be no problems running this latest version of KitKat.

I read that the major Lollipop update of version 5.1 will arrive somewhere in February. Its changelog shows that quite many bugs have been taken care of. So, hopefully, that update will bring something good. Still, will wait before updating to see if that update has problems too.

Really, it's quite a shame with Lollipop having so much issues. Because of this reason, not many users have updated their phones to Lollipop yet.
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Old 19. Jan 2015, 12:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Really, it's quite a shame with Lollipop having so much issues. Because of this reason, not many users have updated their phones to Lollipop yet.
I totally agree, Anupam. At less than 1%, the current user base of Lollipop is low. Only Nexus and a handful of last year's flagships have got the update so far. The same thing happened to KitKat when it launched, but its distribution increased quite noticeably after the first 3 months. Maybe the 5.1 update could help a to increase the current numbers and it is up to Google and how good it handles the bugfixes and the system stability.

KitKat 4.4.4 appears to be a very rock solid Android version, it is a pity my phone's maker hasn't released it for my phone and 4.4.2 would be my only option. I might give it try as soon as I find a safe way to downgrade the phone in case 4.4.2 is not up to my expectations.

The only thing I'm excited about in Lollipop is the promise of native RAW support for the camera, and yeah, I know any photo enthusiast won't use a smartphone's camera for serious shots, but it sounds interesting nonetheless.
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My phone is running Kitkat 4.4.4 and I think is rock-solid. The only 'big' problem I had with it was the external SD RW permission, but SU and a fix from the playstore solved it.

There is a planned official upgrade to Lollipop according to my phone's vendor, but no one knows the date when that will happen or what version we'll get. My biggest fear is to get a 5.0.2 update at the same time 5.1 is released. I hope the vendor knows better.

Every android mayor release had its drawbacks, but they got solved quickly and the apps design got better, unluckily I must admit the new material design is not my favorite, I find it too childish and looks too iOS to me...

Have you read about the infamous WebView security flaw in all previous 4.4 android versions that Google refuses to fix? Things don't look right, there. Will KitKat users suffer the same fate at one point after Lollipop gets mainstream? Even apple patched a very old flaw for iOS 6.1.2.
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Well, reading posts of you both, I am glad my Nexus 5 currently has KitKat 4.4.4, and I don't plan to update it to Lollipop till 5.1 comes out. It's good in a way that Lollipop update has not arrived for my phone yet.

But, I don't know till when 5.1 will be available. Somewhere in February, they will start rolling it out, and it will be only to 1% of the devices, from what I read. Afterwards, they will slowly roll out to more. So, it might be a while before it arrives for my phone. Will be good in a way though, because it will be known, if there are any major issues with 5.1. I hope there aren't. Will be good if Google gets it right this time with this major update... otherwise Lollipop has been a poor show so far, with so many issues.

The icons and all is all good in Lollipop, but I didn't like the changes in notification area. It did not seem intuitive, or as efficient like the last versions of Android. For example, the two finger swipe, to show all icons instantly.. I did not know of that. Used to take me two steps. Still, even with two finger swipe, it's not normal, because normally you operate the mobile with a single finger only.

Haven't read about that bug yet.
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Old 19. Jan 2015, 08:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This paragraph in the article, describes the situation of Android patching really well.

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Google's position is complicated, because it has produced a platform that it has no power to update. There's no Windows Update for Android phones, and Google has no ability to push out updates to the operating system; it has to depend on a range of OEMs and network operators to adopt its source code changes and distribute them to users. Both Apple and Microsoft, in contrast, have a direct channel to update their mobile operating systems.
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I just don't get how Google is managing its lollipop update strategy.

According to its own data, only 1.6% of android devices use lollipop, and the upcoming 5.1 update will be just a 'maintenance release' for android one devices, even though users in India have not got it yet.

News broke last week that a 5.2 version was spotted, which could be indeed the next major release everyone is waiting for.
Of course, we'll have to wait and see how this goes as android 5.1, and now 5.2, are just nothing but rumors.
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