Chris J Powell

Joining the Lollipop Guild

For those who know me, I am not very patient when it comes to things that are within my power to control the outcome.  That is one of the main reasons why I dislike taking the bus…standing around waiting for someone else to drive me somewhere seems like such a waste of time.  I could have waited for the Over the Air (OTA) update for my Nexus 4 so that I could have the latest and greatest that Android has to offer but that is just not in my nature so within hours of the release of the the Factory Image of Android 5.0 I was sitting down and pushing the OS onto my phone and so far, I couldn’t be happier!

I followed the relatively simple instructions found over at the International Business Times website and bam…I was not only updated…I was transported to a brand new phone.

Some of the most notable features that I have noticed 36 hours in include:

Improved Battery Performance

At this point it is just anecdotal but I am seeing about 1 to 1.5 hours more battery life out of my phone.  It is still a pig on battery…but anything over 10 hours is good because that will get me through a work day without having to plug it in.

Secondary User

I likely won’t use this feature, but I could see where it would come in handy, or it would allow me to have two personalities on my phone…if I needed to have a Work Version of myself on my phone.

Material Design

The look and feel of the OS is absolutely gorgeous.  It is different than Kit Kat,  but not so much that it seems completely foreign and that is good.  The icons are stunning, the interface smooth and everything just works…so far.

New Lock Screen

Stunningly simple, functional and information rich is the description I can think of.  There are options what appears on the screen and how you interact with the lock screen itself…but it just seems well, grown up.

Notifications – Quiet Time

One of the things that I miss about my Motorola Razr HD was the ability to set up quiet time and to silence notifications during certain times…this is now available in the core OS and for the first time in a long time last night, I did not have my phone going off all night long with each and every obscure email that arrived…and I could still have my alarm fully functional.

I am sure that there will be more features that stick out for me over time but my hat goes off to Google for the development of the best Mobile OS on the market.  Lollipop was worth the wait…but there is no way that I would have been able to be patient enough to have it come to me.



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