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Android Lollipop Brings Update Problems to Smartphones and Tablets

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All new mobile operating systems come with their own bugs and problems. For instance, Apple’s iOS 8 update prevented some iPhones from accessing their data networks. Google recently released the Android Lollipop update, the operating system’s largest update in years. The update brought performance enhancements, a new user interface, and other tweaks to select smartphones. Since arriving in November 2014, nearly a dozen devices have updated to Android 5.0 and experienced everything the update has to offer.

Have there been any bugs with Android L?

Of course, users experienced a number of issues while running Lollipop on their devices. Certain bugs only affected specific smartphone models, while others hit users randomly. One of the first reported bugs was heavy battery drain from an unknown source. In fact, that same bug delayed the Lollipop update for the LG Nexus 5. Another glitch prevented devices from connecting to Wi-Fi networks, and this has been patched on most devices now. A third bug prevented the flashlight toggle from working properly.

Biggest Issues Affecting Some Users

Obviously, heavy battery drain from Lollipop is terrible news for affected device owners. The issue was fixed on the Nexus 5, but a slightly different but related problem has struck other devices. Wi-Fi problems and intermittent availability has put a strain on users’ data plans. For the most part, these problems aren’t widespread. They’re persistent enough that users have complained loudly about them, though. Fixes have been rolling out for affected devices, and these two issues are starting to disappear.

Currently, a major problem with Android 5.0 revolves around Android RunTime. Previous Android OS versions utilized a different runtime protocol, so most apps are optimized for the old runtime. If a user tries to run an app that’s incompatible with ART, then they won’t be able to even open the app. At the moment, app developers are working to convert their apps to the new runtime client. This problem should fix itself within the next few months, and most apps are compatible with ART.

Finally, a storage and app management bug were hitting certain devices, including the Nexus 9 tablet. This issue would delete certain files from internal storage, infuriating the average user. App management problems would leave certain apps running without being used. From there, devices would use most of their memory, leading to performance decreases and drained batteries. Such problems popped up on numerous models running Android L. Users can try factory restoring their device to see if the issue will disappear.

Glitches: A Part of Any Mobile OS Rollout

These issues and others that have been reported are only affecting limited numbers of devices. In the end, issues should always be expected with brand new operating system updates. It happens to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone OS with each new version. Smartphone and tablet users will more than likely have a smooth experience when updating to Lollipop. However, someone that is wary about updating so early can hold out until more fixes have been released for these issues. Updating right away isn’t necessary at this time.