Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nexus 5/Nexus 7: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update Review

Nexus 5/Nexus 7: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update Review

Now that we’ve had enough time with Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, we wanted to share some things about it with the community. This won’t be an in-depth review, because there simply aren’t that many changes in 5.0.1. Still, there are enough that we felt we want to share them with the community and go into detail on them for you today.

2013 Nexus 7

One of Google’s Nexus 7 tablets might be creeping up on its two-year anniversary but that doesn’t mean it’s aging poorly. Android 4.4.4 KitKat ran well on the device and Android 5.0 Lollipopruns even better. It seems this tablet, with its internal hardware, is handling the new ART runtime very well. The device is performing flawlessly all across the board, from Bluetooth being stable to WiFi speeds being very swift. In a time where the latest mobile software updates can simply destroy older hardware, the 2013 Nexus 7 has been running 5.0.1 Lollipop incredibly well.

Nexus 5

Google’s Nexus 5 also came out in 2013, but inside this device there are much more powerful pieces of hardware. At least in comparison to the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet. We’re seeing the same types of improvements on the Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update as we see on the 2013 Nexus 7. So the Bluetooth is much more stable and WiFi speeds are excellent as well (assuming you can connect to your WiFi network). Battery life hasn’t increased as much as some were hoping to see with Project Volta, but it still performs admirably. I can’t help but wonder if the Nexus 5 came with a 3,000mAh capacity battery then perhaps it would have been the most popular smartphone in 2013.

Android 5.0.1 Bugs

It’s no surprise that Android 5.0 Lollipop has its share of bugs. Some of us aren’t experiencing any of them, or the issues we have noticed aren’t critical at all. However, some of these bugs are so big that people have been forced to downgrade back to Android 4.4.4 KitKat just to connect to a WiFi network. Even with 5.0.2 being released, this WiFi bug doesn’t seem to be resolved and that is simply unacceptable. Do we have any readers that have been unable to connect to a Cisco (or any brand) router that uses a WPA2 password? Let us know in the comments.

Some of us are actually having quite a number of issues with the Android 5.0.1 (and 5.0) Lollipop updates. We’ve discussed them at length on more than one occasion and while 5.0.1 does fix some glaring bugs that were present in Android 5.0 Lollipop update, it certainly doesn’t fix them all. Some of these issues are just random bugs that end up appearing with every single update that Android gets. Some of them, however, are much more serious and are tied to the core 5.0 branch of Android.

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and Beyond

Google has recently released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update and the main focus seems to be on the 2012 Nexus 7 tablet. Some of the changes don’t seem to be specifically tied to this tablet though, and this is why we feel that the update might make its way onto the other Nexus devices very soon. This is still unclear though, and we are waiting to see what Google’s next move is. There are still some glaring bugs that need to be ironed out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an Android 5.0.3 Lollipop update soon.

Do we have any readers that have updated their devices to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop? Use the comments section below to tell us what your thoughts are about the update and if you think Google has some more bugs that need to be fixed. Do you think we will see a 5.0.3 Lollipop release in the not so distant future?

About the Author

Prejeesh Sreedharan

Author & Editor

I am a Biotechnologist very much interested in #SciTech (Science And Technology). I closely follow the developments in medical science and life science. I am also very enthusiast in the world of electronics, information technology and robotics. I always looks for ways to make complicated things simpler. And I always believes simplest thing is the most complicated ones.

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