Today we’re going to be taking a look at Android Lollipop running on the Nexus 5. This is the Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 Lollipop. While Lollipop will be rolling out to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in the coming days and weeks, I went ahead and flashed the Nexus 5 early just because I really have no patience at all. Basically, that’s what it really comes down to.
So this is the LPX13D build and it’s essentially the fully functional Android L update we can expect to see when it’s officially available. I get to find any major bugs and glitches in this OS just from using it.
Since this is running on the Nexus 5, the main point of this video is to really test out just how well it runs on this year-old device. As you know, the Nexus 5 comes equipped with a Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. And as you can see, this thing still flies. In terms of performance alone, it’s still a very capable device. I can open and close applications in a breeze.
With the new performance improvements found in Android Lollipop, applications appear as giant cards essential that peer out from the bottom of the screen. There’s really no lag at all when opening the applications. Even multi-tasking is a breeze and it’s incredibly fluid. I mean after all, this is Stock Android and if you guys have been following me for a while, you know that I love Stock Android. It’s like the best way to truly experience Android in my opinion.
The only problem that I’ve truly noticed doesn’t have to do with the processing power as much as it has to do with the power of the graphics card aka the Adreno 330 GPU. It’s probably the most dated component on the Nexus 5 and since Android Lollipop adds so many new animations, it can occasionally stutter and show signs of lag here and there. It’s really not much at all but it’s slightly more noticeable. It’s really more noticeable when you’re playing games, especially graphically intensive games. Obviously since they require more GPU power.
But besides that, Android 5.0 Lollipop runs real well on the Nexus 5. And all of its new features run just fine on this device. I’m not going to cover all of them just because there are so many. But if you guys want me to cover all of my favorite Android Lollipop features, make sure you click that thumbs up button. If we can pass, let’s say, 500 thumbs up, I’ll release my top 5 Android L features and I’ll release some of my new favorite Material Design apps. I know you guys can do it so you guys know what to do.
Some of the Android L features on the Nexus 5 that you notice right away appear on the Lock Screen. Notifications can now appear on the Lock Screen. You can swipe them away and you can also double tap on them to open them up, which is awesome since it’s super convenient.
Another area you’ll quickly notice is the notification tray itself, which is much more transparent. You’ll see just the notification cards and you can easily access some quick settings which are an additional swipe down. From there, you can adjust the brightness, the Wi-Fi and the Bluetooth along with several other settings. There’s now a built-in flash toggle, which again, is super useful. You can also cast your screen to Chromecast, which I actually love more than anything.
But as you can see, running through this OS, you can see new additions to the multi-tasking bar and just everything is much more animated. It’s pretty cool. And for being a one-year old device, Android Lollipop runs extremely well on the Nexus 5, especially on an ever-changing world of technology.
So let me know if you guys want to see some more Android Lollipop features maybe on the Nexus, which I’ll be getting my hands on soon.