Google unveiled t’s new OS – Android 5.0, Lollipop later last year. It was desired a lot by the Android fanboys/fangirls because the fact that it was a ‘new’ Android UI. Sure it was. It was better than ever. But to gain something, you need to lose something. Android lollipop, like any other OS comes with it’s own buffs and debuffs we’re gonna look down below. So let’s start!
- ‘Material’ UI – enhances the look of every single app in Android 5.0, Lollipop. It’s basically just a new ‘feature’ to let the users see ‘where things go’ or ‘where things come from’. Its in the Homescreen, the Lockscreen, the Appdrawer, everywhere. And yes it is amazing, it feels much more fluid and professional. Every button press, animation UI has it’s own feel in the new Android 5.0, Lollipop.
- Ease of Access – Lets you access your notifications just a pull down from the top. You might say, what’s so new about it, Android has done it previously, iOS, and Microsoft have done it too, so whats the big deal, right? Wrong! As stated above, the notification bar also contains material UI, so it feels MORE fluid to touch and fives a professional experience. Also, you can see all your notifications in your Lockscreen, too. The notification bar lets you access the many functions like brightness control, switching WiFi on/off and so on.
- Improved Battery – Android Lollipop has many noticeable changes, mostly the UI. You may be thinking if the UI is so beautiful, the animations so powerful, and every button press so ‘view-able’ it costs that much battery, right? Well, surprise surprise, Google has announced ‘Project Volta’ in Android Lollipop, which obviously means to conserve battery. We’ve seen ‘Project Butter’ too, but this time, Google took it to a whole new level. That means you can now use your phone while travelling with the need to worry!
- Amazing Performance – Android Lollipop now supports 64- bit architecture. The future proof that it will be able to hold much more RAM. Thus, Android Lollipop will have NO lag and will do your tasks in just a bliss. ‘Android RunTime’ or ‘ART’ is something new here. Android previously used ‘Dalvik’ which is responsible for the third-party-apps, and now switched to ART. ART makes the processing of stuff much more faster.
Enough talk about its advantages, let us take a look at it’s disadvantages now…
- Material design oversimplified – Though a lot of people, including me love the new Material UI, I feel like it takes a ton of space for nothing. Android was supposed to have a ton of options ON the screen, not buried under menus. Android Lollipop just did that! All the useful options have now been buried inside a menu. And the BIG sized banners on the material apps take a lot of space, not much of information can now be sown on a single page.
- Face Unlock – Android Lollipop continues the trend to unlock while looking at your phone. Android Lollipop states that while you are checking your notifications on your lockscreen, it will process in the background to unlock the phone, but again, it doesn’t do it so well. iOS has the finger recognition style, which works every time, but the face recognition doesn’t, so the next time you open up your phone, you need to make all-sorts of faces.
- Software Keys – Ah! At last! Why’d Google put ‘soft’ keys instead of actual feather-touch buttons? I know it is a trend of the Nexus line, but again, the bezels take up so much space, and we again have to leave the 1-inch space for the on-screen buttons?! Seriously?
So, you all may have noticed that Android Lollipop has MUCH more awesome features than ever, but it comes with some disadvantages. So choose wisely, are you gonna stick to KitKat, or switch over to the new Lollipop! Let us know in the comments below!