Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

Alright, Lollipop users, I need your help.

So without getting into the specifics just yet I have a question for all of you who have devices that have been updated to Lollipop.

What are the best and worst things according to each of you in Lollipop? I'm talking features, changes, etc.


Tell me what you think and why and once you've all done so I'll edit the post to reflect why I'm asking. You'll all be very surprised possibly by the reason. I came up with a few on my own, but I need more and it's for an important reason. So your help will be very much appreciated!

Here's what I've come up with.


Material Design. This is finally giving us an overall unified look across devices, apps and Android in general. There's the added bonus of also pushing developers to update their apps, the fact that their are some popular apps out there that still look like they dropped in the Gingerbread days of old or took ages to get Holofied is just appalling to me from a visual standpoint.


Smart Lock. For users of fairly recent Motorola devices, we know this as "Trusted Devices". The ability to keep our devices unlocked when connected to Bluetooth/NFC devices we also own is awesome and saves us from having to enter our PIN/swipe patterns to unlock our devices regularly, which for some those of who have to respond to things constantly can become a real nuisance.

Screen casting. We saw this at IO and it blew our minds. It took awhile to roll out to a handful of devices, such is the Google way, but eventually the feature came to all our devices via the Chromecast app. Yep, there are some issues but those will be ironed out with time.



Notifications. None, Priority and All. Silent mode is no more. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Supposedly it (Silent mode) will be put back in Android 5.1 but for now we don't have it. Apparently "starring" contacts or not doing that is a pain and wrong in the eyes of far too many vocal people. I have no one starred and so my phone is basically silent, but no one thinks like I do apparently.


Smart Lock. This goes here too. On the Moto X when connected to a trusted device their was a constant notification saying you were, also it could be expanded and you could temporarily lock your device. That's gone. It's good and bad. Now you have to disable Bluetooth or NFC or what have you to lock your device again, that's something that shouldn't be necessary. From a security standpoint the ability to temporarily lock a device should be a given. Always unlocked is a no no and even at home I can't stand the thought of leaving my device unprotected when I leave my room to shower or go outside and play with the stray that adopted me.

Staged roll outs. I have no problem with these, but I'm looking at it from an average Android user perspective and they suck. "WHY I NO HAVE UPDATE?! RAWR!" Patience is a virtue and clearly far too many people online lack it entirely. "Do you want bugs and issues? Because without staged roll outs that's how you get bugs and issues!" Had to go all Archer on you all there.


And that's what I got so far. There's been some updates since 5.0, namely 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 which fix some issues, some of which are device specific (looking at your Nexus 7 2012), but nothing really new that you all didn't see in Lollipop.

So come on, help a guy out, you tell me what you like or don't like and why. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

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