June 25th 2014 12:37 pm

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Google's biggest mobile update in years

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It's hard not to be impressed by Google's efforts in building Android 5.0. It not only introduced a completely new design, but it also managed to squeeze in a boatload of great features that improve the Android experience. Lollipop brings more intuitive notifications, improvements to performance and battery life, clever security features and developer tools for better apps. It's one of the biggest upgrades Android has seen yet, and it's definitely worth making the jump when your device eventually gets it.

Critic reviews

8.6
5 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.4
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    7.9
  • Openness
    7.1

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User reviews

9.2
4 reviews
  • Ease of use
    9.0
  • Speed
    8.5
  • Configurability
    9.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    9.0
  • Openness
    9.5
9.0
TechCrunch Nov 12, 2014

Is Android 5.0 a release that’s strong enough to switch platforms for? That’ll depend on how much you wanted to do so to begin with, but it’s easily the best release of Android thus far.

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8.0
CNET Nov 12, 2014

Google looked to the on-screen experience to make Android stand out. ... it's no longer a question of which OS is better, only which one is better for you. With Lollipop, you get all the features, plus a polished design that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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9.0
Phone Scoop Nov 8, 2014

There's no doubt that Android 5.0 Lollipop is the best version of Android yet. I think usability is improved across the board thanks to the unified app features, such as the control tray and the action button that now appear.

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9.0
The Verge Nov 12, 2014

Grab your little dog and a basket, and be ready to stare wide-eyed at the bright colors. Because as soon as Google finds a way to fend off some of those flying monkeys, this land of Oz is going to be a wonderful place to live.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 26, 2014

The darling of the preview is the notifications. Nearly every aspect of Android's notifications has been blessed with improvements, and there are even a couple features that are entirely brand-new.

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AnandTech Jun 26, 2014

Overall, I’m quite excited to see how Android L turns out by the time a release OTA rolls around. The only real issue I have at this point is that some UI elements such as the clear all notifications button have disappeared with this build.

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PC Mag Jun 27, 2014

None of this changes any of Android's core strengths or weaknesses - yet. It's all basically window dressing. We're going to have to see what happens with apps, whether we're talking about Google's first-party apps or third-party apps.

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SlashGear Jun 27, 2014

Easier than ever to access, you'll find a search icon sitting in the corner of all of your Settings windows. Tap it and type what you'd like to find - more often than not, Android is able to find it, and lead you directly to what you want.

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Forbes Jun 27, 2014

Overall, at least visually, the new Android style is good. Obviously, there’s a long way to go before it’s ready to launch, and some things have yet to be adapted to the new look, but what has – the core OS – is mostly an improvement.

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Android Central Jun 26, 2014

While everything's not quite in place yet — as we'd expect given that we're dealing with pre-release software — it's a promising start for the next version of the OS.

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The Verge Jun 26, 2014

So far, there’s a lot to like on the outside of Android L. Now we just have to wait for Google — and for its army of third-party developers — to pull the rest together.

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ExtremeTech Jun 27, 2014

This is definitely not ready for use on your main phone — if a Nexus 5 lives in your pocket every day, do yourself a favor and pass on this first developer preview. The OS itself is stable enough, but there are plenty of early bugs to go around.

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Techno Buffalo Jun 29, 2014

Google’s Android L is still early in development—it doesn’t even have a proper name! Licorice? Lollipop?—but we’re still really excited to see what material design will look like across the entire operating system. From what we’ve seen so far, we’re excited about the direction Google...

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DroidLife Jun 26, 2014

From what we know so far, this is a very early preview build, just as Google stated at yesterday’s keynote. With that said, while the Settings menu, lockscreen, notification tray, navigation bar, keyboard, and dialer app have been completely re-skinned, you won’t find too much else going on.

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9.0
rishav81515 rishav81515

All it needed was push to upgrade my N5 to Android L. Initially I was hesitating about the bugs and other issues particularly found in Dev Preview, but trust me friends whoever says it you can't use Android L for daily use says BULLSHIT !. It awesome and feels great to havesuch an update from...

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