Android 5.0 Lollipop reviews
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been out for a little while now, and reviews of this latest version of Google mobile operating system have started to come in. Android 5.0 contains many new features and changes, and some think it might be the best version of Android yet.
Seth Barton at Expert Reviews gives Android 5.0 a five star rating:
Android 5.0 Lollipop looks great, the new design and colours really are a breath of fresh air. All the built-in apps we use regularly have had major facelifts and most have been improved in the way they work too, easier to understand and with better tablet-landscape layouts.
Beneath the hood the operating system is certainly much improved too. Battery life looks to be excellent, though we’ll need to do before-and-after testing on a wide range of devices before we can confirm that. Support for 64-bit is a must of course, but it’s still welcome.
Sascha Segan at PC Magazine writes that Lollipop is a must-have upgrade:
Material Design makes the jump to Lollipop much more striking, and much more desirable, than the jump from Jelly Bean to KitKat was. Several of Android's previous jumps were about improving options for developers, which developers then had to take advantage of. Lollipop brings a huge, user-facing improvement along with redesigns of two of Android's most prominent apps, Gmail and Calendar. That makes this the biggest jump forward since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Android 5.0 is a great-looking update with many new features. Just pay attention to which manufacturers have promised upgrades.
Gordon Kelly at Forbes weighs in on the best and worst elements of Android 5.0, and finds it to be the best version of Android yet:
Despite some relatively minor concerns, Android 5.0 Lollipop is a remarkable triumph. It addresses many of Android’s biggest historical flaws (notably design and battery efficiency) and introduces some truly innovative advances I would expect to see mimicked by rivals for years to come.
Obviously it is the best version of Android to date, but it is also one of the biggest jumps in the platform’s history. It ups the stakes for every rival and that is a tremendously good thing.
Android 5.0 versus iOS 8
The release of Android 5.0 Lollipop is also a refresh of the long-standing rivalry between Apple and Google. Which mobile operating system offers the best experience for users? While such preferences are always somewhat subjective, a number of sites have pitted Android 5.0 and iOS 8 in a head to head battle.