After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Google’s latest operating system, Android Lollipop is finally here and ready to be downloaded onto a number of handsets.
Whilst the Google Nexus 6 will be the first smartphone to boast the system out of the box, users of the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013), Nexus 10 and even the Nexus 4 will actually be able to download it now.
It’s not just the Google handsets getting in on the action though, with top manufacturers like Samsung and their thenewgalaxy Motorola Moto G and Moto X handsets from this year also able to download the system update. The LG G3 also gets to download the system, but it is heavily customised, whilst the other handsets get the standard stock offering of the software.
The latest Google update offers plenty of new features for Android users, with Material Design leading the way by giving the system a fresh and stylish feel using pastel style colours.
Project Volta is another addition, improving battery life by approximately 90 minutes as well as helping you track battery usage more effectively.
Offering 64-bit support, Android Lollipop has finally caught up with iOS, which implemented the feature back with iOS 7, making smartphones run faster and more reliably.
Notifications are also taking a leaf out of Apple’s books on Android Lollipop, giving users information through their lock screen, and offering a banner notification if the user is currently working within another app.
Security and connectivity options have also seen a major overhaul with this latest system update, mainly thanks to the increased press surrounding leaked images. One such feature dictates the amount of security your phone has depending on location, so if you’re at home your phone won’t need a password or code, whilst if you’re out and about it will.
Of course, the update also brings many more changes with it to help improve the general user experience, as well as doing work behind the scenes.
As always with downloadable updates, network, location and your device will dictate when the update is made available to you. But you can always check if it’s available by heading into your phone’s settings, then going to ‘about phone’, and then selecting system update.
If the update isn’t available to you just yet, then there’s no need to worry. Different networks do stagger release dates, but it should be available by the end of next week (23/11) at the latest.
However, if issues do make an appearance later on down the road, it’s likely that Google could pull any update that might be causing the problems, so as always you’re best off waiting a couple days before downloading.
Either way, it’s unlikely to stop hardcore Android fans installing the update as soon as possible, regardless of what problems happen to arise with it, if any.
Written by Luke Hatfield