Finally got it installed, after what seemed a long long wait.
Just first: It’s quick. I think that it’s quicker than what 4.4.4 was. When you start the default launcher is the standard “launcher” one that’s still a bit dull. But, install Google Now Launcher: now we’re talking! Now it looks like it should.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself now.
Let’s start in the beginning of things. The first start. Now you get asked just what apps that you want to install back, you can easy untick what you don’t want back. That’s a big plus I think.
After you’ve set launcher to Google Now Launcher (that’s a MUST), you’ll see things in the material design that they should have. On my Nexus 7 2013 it remembered my screen settings and groups, if an app isn’t installed you simply that it’s icon and you get jumped to Play store where you can just install it. So, with GNL it’s VERY easy to get back your screen just the way you like it.
It’s the same but not. It’s familiar but not at the same time. If you’re used to HTC Sense, it reminds of that a LOT I think.
I will cover this subject a LOT more the next days/week I suspect, since there’s a BUNCH of new things.
Below just a few:
- Quick selection of user, and ability to set guest account.
- Battery now shows “battery left”
- Different sound when you do a screenshot
- Notifications are totally redesigned (as we all knew already)
- Of course new Material design on most things
- Gallery app is now just a memory, fully replaced by Photos
- For Lollipop easter egg: tap Android version (under Settings > About [tablet]) quickly 4-7 times (just tap) and you’ll get a screen that shows a Lollipop text on a background. Long-tap that to get a flappy birds clone type game.