Thursday, January 22, 2015

The biggest problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop


If you’re like most Android users, you probably don’t have Android 5.0 Lollipop yet… and it turns out that might be a good thing. Computerworld’s JR Raphael has been using Lollipop for a while now and while he thinks the update overall is strong, he has picked out five crucial problems with it that he wants Google to fix as soon as possible.
If you’re like most Android users, you probably don’t have Android 5.0 Lollipop yet...

The biggest issue, Raphael says, is Lollipop’s memory management. In short, Raphael has found that “Lollipop — on some devices, at least — seems to have trouble keeping processes running in active memory,” which can cause apps running in the background to incorrectly close. Raphael has found that this happens on his Nexus 9 as well as devices that were upgraded from KitKat, so it looks like this really is a Lollipop problem and not a specific device problem.

Elsewhere in his piece, Raphael criticizes the heads-up notifications feature that was designed to give you notifications that let you take actions without having to open up apps. We’ve seen other Android users complain about this and Raphael has similar criticisms about the way that it forces you to either act on a notification immediately or wait 10 seconds for the notification card to disappear.