Android Lollipop, Google’s latest Android OS, is now out and can be downloaded by anyone with a supported phone or tablet. Promising better integration of apps and data between multiple devices, automatic encryption of data, improved battery saving features, and a whole new look, Android 5.0 “Lollipop” has been greatly anticipated in the android world for a while now.
Unfortunately, it’s not off to a smooth start however, with many users having issues with their devices since updating to the new version. In extreme cases, some are even saying their devices are becoming practically unusable, with long wait times and some apps simply refusing to open. There seem to be particular issues with Nexus devices and video playback on both the video player and Youtube, as well as issues connecting to WiFi networks, but there are general issues with the OS itself which are affecting a range of devices too.
Some users took to Google’s Product Forum with one user writing “I updated my nexus 7 2012 (grouper) using the factory images to android lollipop 5.0 LRX21P. It took 30 seconds to flash the image and then 15+ minutes to boot the device just to get to the home screen.”, whilst another said “My 2012 Asus Nexus 7 got the OTA update on Saturday and it’s SOOOO slow now it’s ridiculous. Even the auto-rotate has a lag.” Many of the posts seem to be from Nexus 7 users, and from a variety manufacturers, so from what I’ve seen, that is the device that is most affected.
For anyone who has been caught out in this update, many users are recommending that you clear your cache from within the recovery mode, whilst others have simply given up and reverted back to the previous version of Android. If you want to find out how to do that, just Google the name of your device and ‘rollback’, and you should be able to find some useful guides on how to.
This isn’t the first time this has happened either, indeed this time last year Samsung published it’s version of Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S3 rendering many users phones almost useless, whilst Apple too has had trouble with its OS launches in the past. But what do you think? Is this unacceptable behaviour from Google or are early adopters going to continue to see many issues with their purchases? Let us know.