I downloaded the Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ update with no expectations and armed with sheer indifference — unlike many self-proclaimed ‘geeks’ who spent weeks on ‘forums’ eagerly lapping up every scrap of information on what Google described as a “quantum leap forward”. I didn’t crawl the web scavenging for tips on how to get the update message to come up on my phone screen at least a day before that ‘nerd’ friend gets it. I don’t change phones every three months, nor do I get a sinking feeling when a bigger, ‘better’ (read more unwieldy) version of any gadget is released within a few months of my buying it. And no, I will never stand in a queue (online or otherwise) to buy a gizmo.
I bought my Nexus 5 from an LG store after I specifically told them: “Black. 32 GB. Keep it aside for me. I’ll come by and collect it after checking it out.” Because ideally, people should run technology, technology should not run people. But then again, the year is not 1992. Here we are in 2014: It’s a wonderful (Google) world. So here goes:
BATTERY SAVER MODE: It was nice to see a battery saver pop up on its own (I don’t use a battery saver app). Definitely an improvement and a much-needed confidence building measure that the phone may not, repeat may not, switch off in the middle of an important call. But then again, there is no gaurantee that the battery life will improve. The jury is still out on that one.
TIME UPDATES WHILE CHARGING: It is cool to know exactly how much time it will be before your phone is fully charged. So you can decide whether to have one more coffee before leaving for office. And whether you need to take the charger with you. A nice step up from ‘Charging, 83 per cent’. Oh wait, this is Android. Take the charger with you anyway.
NOTIFICATIONS: You see (only) what you want to see – right on the lock screen. Google has magnanimously given you much more control over app notifications and ‘Priority Mode’ is useful when you just want the phone to shut up. Selectively. There is a timer, too. Thankfully, it works. But everyone is not a fan. It can be slightly confusing. And really, they should just bring back silent mode.
MULTI-USER SUPPORT: If someone else – friends or family – needs to or wants to use YOUR phone, with their own apps, data and settings, they can. Of course, only if you let them. But it is doable with this OS – Temporarily, too. Colleague wants to send an emergency email? Try guest mode. But wait: I think this is a stupid feature except maybe in emergency situations. Because everyone has their own smartphones, right? Of course,