Should You Lollipop?
Every OS upgrade brings a plethora of changes, whether it be on PC or Smartphone. Google’s Android is the leading Smartphone OS worldwide and each release brings a lot of enhancements, performance boost and truckload of features. Lollipop, the latest version of Android is now running on millions of handsets, replacing its predecessor – Kitkat.
There is no denying Google has packed Android Lollipop with oodles of enhancements and features. However, there a number of issues with the Lollipop that may prompt you to stick with Kitkat rather than upgrade your devices to the new iteration for the moment.
Reasons to Stick with Kitkat
Android Lollipop has a sleeker and more colorful UI than Kitkat and the new material design is absolutely drool-worthy too. The support for device encryption may seem a boon for security conscious users.
Despite the enhancements, Google’s newest mobile OS is not without its share of bugs and flaws. Reports of Lollipop affecting performance of user devices and bugs requiring a fix are surfacing ever since Google started Lollipop rollout.
Here are a few factors that you may consider before upgrading your Android tablet or Smartphone to Lollipop.
Battery Life Woes
There is no denying the biggest stumbling block of smartphones is battery life. Even as manufacturers pack in large capacity batteries in their new devices, the HD display and ever rising screen resolutions continue to deplete batteries equally fast!
For users on the move, a Smartphone with enhanced battery life is a big boon, for sure. Despite Google promising the benefits of Project Volta optimizations, it has not reflected well in real world scenarios. Some Android devices including the LG G3 and Nexus 5 have been reportedly suffering from poor battery performance post Lollipop upgrade.
In fact, some LG G3 users have also grudged about slow charging issues after upgrading their Android devices.
Less Streamlined Lock Screen
Android Lollipop can show various notifications to the device’s lock screen. This may not be an advantage for all users, especially those who are privacy conscious. It may not be ideal that anybody picking your tablet or phone can see the alerts on the screen.
Though you can still selectively hide sensitive content. As it is, Kitkat offers a less crowded lock screen.
A lot of Android users need to multitask. You may feel like watching a YouTube video while some apps are downloading from Google Play in the background, for example. In both Kitkat and Lollipop, multitasking is possible, but the way has changed.
In Lollipop, every open document and browser window is displayed as an additional pane on the multitasking screen. This leads to screen cluttering quickly. It may slow down the device and worse thing is the open apps remain that way after you reboot the device. In this aspect, Kitkat performs way better.
Adieu, Silent Mode
Every type of user would need to put his or her Android device into silent mode at some time or other, beyond doubt. For some reason, Google discarded the silent mode in Lollipop. There are ways to make a handset running Lollipop mute, but the earlier method of silencing by a long press on the device’s Power button was so much simpler.
The new ‘No interruption’ mode introduced in Lollipop has drawn flak from a lot of users. Kitkat users can still enjoy the bliss of Silent mode though.
Lock Screen Widgets, No more
Not everyone may be fond of them, but some Android users, notably those sticking with Kitkat use the lock screen widgets. The Lollipop update comes with a removal of this feature. It is not certain why Google removed them. It could be owing to Lollipop’s default lock screen notifications. In Lollipop, you can use a few third-party apps to bring back the widgets, but Kitkat plays it simpler, doesn’t it?
App Compatibility and Stability Glitches
Google does not waste time in updating its own apps for Lollipop but that has not been the case with all third-party app developers! It may not be the same with every user, but users of some specific devices such as Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tablets have reported usability issues. It is ironical that Google’s newest mobile OS has rendered Its Nexus lineup of devices perform poorly, as per user feedback.
App incompatibility has plagued a lot of users. Especially users have complained about Adobe Air based apps being removed from their devices. So, you may stick with Kitkat for some more time.
Enhanced Security at the Cost of Speed
Google has tried to address needs of security conscious Android users in Lollipop by offering encryption option. There is no denying its advantage- especially at times when you sell the device and want the data to be secure. However, the protection of encryption comes at a cost- by slowing down the device.
While Google does not enforce encryption in Lollipop by default and you choose not to use it- several devices reportedly have taken a hit on speed after enabling the feature. The Nexus lineup of devices is again the worst hit.
It ultimately comes to your discretion whether you should upgrade to Lollipop or stick with Kitkat. The drawbacks of Lollipop are not necessarily applicable to all Android devices, though some devices including Nexus are the worst affected.
The upcoming updates from Google may address and iron out some of these performance issues. While that happens you may want to hold off on a Lollipop upgrade for your device yet.