5 annoying features of Android Lollipop that Android M will likely fix


Although Lollipop might still be safely viewed as one of the major, if not the most major release of the platform. A complete visual overhaul and a extremely deep bag of new features are just two aspects in which Android 5.0 set new standards. Alas, it was a bit rushed in, bringing some pretty grave bugs, issues, and... generally said, problems that disappointed many. 

This made Lollipop sweet and bitter at the same time.

Fortunately, the newest iteration of the OS will most likely fix many of the shortcomings that marred 2014's Android. The M release of Android which is sadly still devoid of a dessert-y name will focus on UI and under-the-hood improvements; certainly, it won't come with many major new features, but will try to fill in the gaps and generally improve the user experience.

We had our fair share of gripes with Lollipop. Here's how Android M will (most likely) be fixing these.

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29 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

My Android one got lollipop 5.1.1 today. India

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I flashed M today I am one of the less than zero.one percent :) (for some reason the numbers wouldn't show up)

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

M is still preview, so I don't think its tracked in the same way as stable Android versions.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Stock android these days is hilarious compared to the rest. When you hold the power button the ONLY option you're given is to shutdown your phone. Unless this is only on the Nexus 5, not sure about the Nexus 6.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They were hoping that people wouldn't mind pressing the volume up or down button, then press the bell to choose what type of notifications are allowed or NONE to mute all.

27. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yeah stock Android is still missing some basic features which are present on other versions of Android like Touchwiz or Sense, etc. I still would rather have the stock Android over any of those bloated abominations though. I think it's hillarious how easy it is to update phones with stock Android to the latest rev of the software while the "best" phones out there lag months behind or don't get updated at all.

3. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

What is the use of these updates if they arrive one year later on phones after they are released?

4. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

Even in flagships!

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Better late, than never?

9. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

I just hate delayed updates. Just think about it, lollipop was released almost a year ago yet only about 12% of overall phones run it! Some of us yet have to get last year's software

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO its not an issue If you care about fast updates then buy a Nexus, iPhone or WP

28. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

The main reason Lollipop is on so few devices is because of the bugs in the software. Many OEMs opted to wait for the bug fixes which is Android 5.1 or stick with Kitkat 4.4.4

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The bug fixes were only very minor delays Lollipop adoption is ahead of KitKat adoption Lollipop is at 12.4% KitKat was at 8.5% Lollipop is almost a month ahead KitKat was at 13.6% next month Lollipop is already at 12.4% (had a 4.3% increase this month)

13. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Try getting a job at Samsung as a programmer so that you would know why.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Right, because companies like Google (and Apple, and Microsoft, and Oracle, and Intel) should just sit on their asses and not make improvements and innovations, simply because OEMs and consumers want technological advances only when they can afford them. You sound like the idiots that complain about Sony's 6 month flagship releases compared to every other companies' yearly releases. Bitch, your phone isn't "obsolete" just because a slightly better and newer model is out.* It's obsolete when it can't run the apps and games currently available, or when it can't run the most up-to-date OS version available without lag or errors. *This statement doesn't apply to iCrap, which is technologically obsolete long before it's even available.

23. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I look at it like this: IMO Android in general is a couple of steps ahead of iOS and the rest of the competition in terms of features and UI (thats subjective), Not performance... So when Google shows new iterations of Android I see it as if we are seeing the future of Android, maybe even a Year down the road before I get it on my flagship devices... and in the meantime I enjoy the current form of Android which is, again, IMO better than the rest. Bottomline, I know it sucks not having updates as fast as iOS, but deep down we all know that being a couple of generations behind, is still more advance than the alternative. BTW I am trying to stay forcefully on KitKat with my Z3 Compact and jump straight to M when the time comes

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Buy a Nexus, or else blame your manufacturer, not Google.

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

The dark mode in android m is not black so it won't really help save battery on amoled devices.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, also no third party themes as well It would be awesome if you could download themes of the Play Store That would also make it easy for Google to spread Material Design

12. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

This should be the first step

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It'll help a bit. Not as much as black, but still more compared to white. AMOLED means Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Every subpixel is an LED. The darker the content, the dimmer it needs to be, thus saving energy. I doubt the dark theme in M is really meant for saving battery, but to just give users the option. I like dark themes. It has nothing to do with saving battery (I only own one AMOLED device). I read eBooks on my G Pad 8.3 and OnePlus One with Aldiko, and use white font on a black background. It's easier on the eyes.

10. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Honestly this is why I love HTC sense. All of these features are already there ;)

20. guil.power

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

well so as Touchwiz :3

11. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I do hope G3 get this update

17. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

If you want the latest and the greatest in terms of software then buy a Nexus device, my Nexus 4 is running lollipop 5.1.1 and it will be updated to M which would be awesome.

18. ChooseGoose

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

In lollipop on the N5, I can't change the default equalizer. In KitKat this was possible but apparently Google thought it wasn't necessary anymore, hopefully it becomes an option again in M cause the default equalizer sucks.

21. ashouhdy

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Well nothing of this drawbacks is on my S6 !! Except the white settings background

22. koulang

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

I regret my decision of buying Samsung Note 4 having had no chance to taste Lillopop. My next phone, I will try as much as possible to avoid Samsung. Other companies are doing better in term of software update although they have inferior hardware.

30. Elfmonster unregistered

Lolliflop

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