Android 5.0 Lollipop has been out for awhile, but not available to all Android users. When Apple has an update to its iOS operating system, the update is made available to all eligible devices at once, much the same way that Windows does updates.
But since the Android system is just a little bit different on every device, users have to wait until the manufacturer of their device comes up with version of the update customized for that device.
Just last Friday, I was checking for the availability of updates. I did that by going to Settings – Then About Device. A screen indicated that updates were available.
I’ll warn you that when you do this update, make sure your phone is on WiFi and that you have it plugged in to the power cord. This is a massive update that uses a lot of data and it also takes a long time. My husband did the update without plugging the phone in and it took his battery power down to only 20% from nearly full. I think by the time I’d applied all of the updates it took nearly an hour. You won’t be able to use your phone for calls or texts. This is definitely not a background update. First it took about 10 minutes to download the update via a WiFi connection.
Once downloaded, it was another 10 minutes to install.
After the first update installed and my phone restarted, another system update popped up.
That update also took a long time to download.
Then about another 15 minutes to install.
I hit a bit of a snag because I didn’t have the required 2 GB of space available. I had to take a couple of minutes and remove some lesser-used apps.
Then the update was finally able to install. So after a little more than an hour, I had finally updated to Lollipop. Here’s my homescreen before and after. I noticed that the icons for built-in apps are rounded and look more cartoonish.
The transitions do have a more fluid look to them. My main takeaway is what I feel is a hideous color scheme that I cannot change for included Android Apps. Take a look at Messages. Every time I sent or received a text this weekend, I winced.
Making a phone call now requires starting at my least favorite color on the planet.
I had no issues with anything slowing down or apps not functioning, but my co-worker Audra, who has an LG G2 phone, is experiencing a slowdown and her weather widget no longer functions, so she had to replace it with another app. Here’s a look at her before and after.
Like me, she’s not enthused about the color scheme in the default Android apps. How this update reacts on your device will depend on the device. I haven’t used Lollipop long enough to tell you about the new features, but I’ll get to work on exploring it right now.