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Don't Upgrade to Android 5.0

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I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 with Verizon service. Last week I went from Kit Kat [4.4.4] to Lollipop [5.0]. Mistake.

Performance is abysmal. "lag" when using buttons on my phone should not be a thing in 2015. I was experiencing a little bit of this in Kit Kat; one of the reasons to give Lolli a go. One step forward, two steps back.

Unnecessary graphical updates. The recently used app screen is now the dog's breakfast. Before I had a nice 2D scroll screen to select from. A queue, simple and elegant. Now it's a "3D" magical flipper system. Why? Reminds me of the Aero Windows 7 bit where you could flip them around and it was all futurey.

The lock screen is totally pointless. Pandora used to have full screen controls on the lock screen: pause, forward. I haven't tried any other apps as of this writing, but now all Pandora has is a box that tells me the name of the currently playing song. I have to unlock to get control access. Unacceptable. From what I read this is an app issue due to the OS change from X to "shader controls"?

Battery drains faster now. Mine is not as pronounced as others I see on the internet, but damn.

Sure hardware gets better each year but if the software keeps eating more resources, stagnation ensues. Or we run in circles or some other metaphor of your choice.

An OTA update should not necessitate a factory reset and a cache partition wipe, but alas that is in my immediate future baring some magical fixing of the ailments above. You're been warned.

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24 February 2015 - 04:52 PM
Wow, will the same happen on my LG G2?
Currently using 4.4.2


24 February 2015 - 05:48 PM
My girlfriend experienced something similar after updating her tablet. If it does that to your S5 it sounds like it would brick my S3. You would think with the diversity of Android devices they would be a little resource conscious for those with cheaper or older hardware. Maybe they'll fix it with a minor update.

Curtis Rutland 

25 February 2015 - 09:34 AM
Weird. My Nexus 7 is almost trash by now (the memory degradation in the original ones is terrible), but it sped up slightly when I installed Lollipop on it.

My Nexus 6 has had Lollipop on it since I've gotten it, and I haven't had any problems. I'd imagine it'll be a device-by-device case whether it gets better or worse on 5.0/5.1


28 February 2015 - 11:07 AM
Lollipop still seems to be very hit and miss (mainly just your luck from what I can see). I've updated on both my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 and haven't had any problems at all. Performance and battery life have improved if anything. I have a friend who got their Nexus 7 pretty much the exact time as I did and their's is next to unusable after the update.


11 March 2015 - 11:55 AM
Software is hard :)


16 March 2015 - 01:06 AM
Actually i got it 3 months ago and on my LG G3 there is nothing that changed :) But on Nexus 5 that i had before this thing was a total shit!


24 March 2015 - 01:38 PM
It's probably also at least halfway Verizon's fault that the interface is less pleasing than Kit Kat, unless you flashed stock Lollipop. Carriers have their own versions of the layouts and such. Most Nexus device owners don't have [many] problems. There may be a few here and there, but it could be because of some other apps they installed, or what have you.

Disclaimer: I have a Nexus 6, which has had Lollipop on it since I got it, so I can't speak to any issues firsthand.
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