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Android Lollipop: Five biggest issues blighting Google's new software

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Android Lollipop: Five biggest issues blighting Google's new software

Lollipop, Google’s new–look version of its Android OS, has finally started to roll out across the company’s Nexus devices.

But much like Apple’s shonky iOS 8, the new update is plagued with issues.

Users have complained of installing the software only to find their device laggy and unusable, with apps refusing to open, Wi–Fi failing to connect and the touchscreen becoming unresponsive.

So, what are the biggest glitches with Google’s platform? And can the Big G fix them before other manufacturers start rolling it out to their users?

Here are five key issues to look out for when upgrading.

1 Excessive battery drain

android battery

Lollipop was supposed to fix battery drain on Android, especially on older Nexus devices that have always struggled to keep kicking for a whole day.

But while Google initially pulled the update at the start of November to sort these niggles, it doesn’t seem to have fixed all of them.

Users have complained that power consumption is worse than ever, something which may be due to older apps that haven’t been updated for Lollipop.

As with Android KitKat, you can check which apps are hammering battery life in the Settings app, but that still doesn’t change the fact that one of Lollipop’s key features isn’t working.

2 Total keyboard failure

android lollipop keyboard

‘Ghost’ taps and an inability to tap out messages has been something of an issue in Android before.

However, some reports suggest things have gone to a whole new level for Lollipop users, especially those running 2013’s Nexus 7.

It seems the swipe keyboard feature is hardly working and typing has to be done at snail’s pace in order to ensure messages are not littered with spelling errors.

3 Wi–Fi failures

wifi hotspots

Dropped connections or just a total inability to get online via Wi–Fi isn’t just the preserve of Apple software updates.

Lollipop’s biggest failure is one related to Wi–Fi too, with known bugs causing users to rely on mobile data to get online.

That’s not exactly a solution if you have a Wi–Fi only Nexus tablet.

Video playback is also said to be affected, with users struggling to watch clips via YouTube and other video services.

Tweaking Wi–Fi frequency is said to help, as is a factory reset, but neither are things you should be having to do in the aftermath of a new software installation.

4 Inability to open apps

LG Nexus 4 generic banner

uSwitch has witnessed a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 fail completely following the installation of Android Lollipop.

After updating a Nexus 4, it took Gmail 30 minutes to open, while other native apps simply froze.

Chrome was unusable and third-party apps such as CityMapper have been rendered useless by the update.

This is, of course, anecdotal, but none of these apps had any issues when using Android KitKat.

Other reports have suggested apps are prone to crashing once Lollipop is installed.

5 Lagging touchscreen

google nexus 5 android lollipop material design

The unresponsive keyboard is played out in a wider sense with the touchscreen.

Quite simply, swiping doesn’t work as it’s meant to, leaving users unable to flick through apps and home screens and making the entire user experience thoroughly frustrating.

A factory reset is said to fix some of these issues, but that means ensuring your device is fully backed up.

Quite simply, Android Lollipop is best avoided until Google has fixed all of its myriad issues.

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