I don’t usually write about Android operating system updates as they are well covered by other, more technical websites, but I must tell you about my experience with the latest update.
Lollipop was a bit of a disaster for me with sudden unexpected slowdowns, crashes and generally odd behavior. KitKat, the previous version was pretty good overall but I like to install the updates to Android when they are offered by Google because mostly they seem to get it right (even if it takes a while sometimes!).
I got the 5.1 Lollipop update but this didn’t help in my case, in fact it seemed to just make a poorly behaving tablet, my now elderly Nexus 7 2012 model, even more badly behaved. My wife will attest to hearing frequent bad language when I got tired of waiting 5 minutes for an app to open. Things seemed worse when WiFi was turned off then back on again as it seemed that every app was competing for the internet, but that is just a guess.
I received the OTA (over the air) 5.1.1 update today, only 9Mb in size) and after waiting for the apps to be ‘adjusted’ to ensure they are all compatible and a reboot, I am very pleasantly surprised. Looks as if my Nexus is back to it’s old self again and the hours of frustration are at an end!
I still find it odd that Google would have so much trouble getting an update right, especially when you consider that the Nexus hardware is the same for each of the two or three models released, but I guess it may be more to do with other factors or conflicts with apps. Observant users that have Lollipop on their devices may have noticed a recent app offered in the Play Store called Android System Webview that apparently is an app that many other apps can use to display webpages within themselves. In Lollipop, this app can be updated independently of the operating system and, in theory, should mean improvements that will affect many other apps can be done in one hit. Let’s hope this is a positive thing rather than a negative!
If you are tearing your hair out with Android 5.0 or 5.1, give this update a chance once it’s offered to you, it might bring a smile to your face as it did mine.