Google Android 5.0

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Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Google's biggest mobile update in years

Summary

Lollipop is the biggest Android update yet, featuring a pleasant new design and loads of clever features that enhance the user experience.

Pros
  • Beautiful redesign
  • Notifications are much better
  • Support for multiple user accounts
  • Improvements in performance
  • Smart Lock
Cons
  • Some UI elements can be confusing
  • Limited multi-pane support in landscape mode, and no split-screen multitasking
  • Some users will lament lack of lock screen widgets
  • Overview can get too crowded with tabs
Android 5.0 Lollipop review: Google's biggest mobile update in years

There's something magical about the idea that, in the space of a few minutes, your smartphone or tablet can look dramatically different and do some cool new things, to boot. That's why operating system updates can be oddly exciting, and Android's latest upgrade -- known as version 5.0 or Lollipop -- is the firmware equivalent of opening a stack of presents on your birthday. The upcoming release, which is now available on the Nexus 9 and heading to dozens of mobile devices in the coming months, brings a fresh design and no shortage of new features. Join me as I unwrap Google's latest gift to the wireless community.

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Scores

Engadget

90
 

Breakdown

Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
8.0
Configurability
8.5
Speed
8.0
Openness
7.0
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Android

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
64-bit
Source model
Open
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Specs

Android

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Architecture
64-bit
Source model
Open
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Chrome OS

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73
 

Critic

7.2
 

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7.3
 
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87

OS X El Capitan

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87
 

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8.7
 

User

9
 
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90

iOS 9

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90
 

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8.7
 

User

7.7
 
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Windows 10

Engadget

91
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

7.9
 
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