New Android 5.0 OS Described As “Shockingly Bad”.
Users who have already moved to the Asus manufactured Nexus tablet that runs Android 5.0 claim that the new OS is causing devices to run slowly and repeatedly crash, with several users complaining they had become “unusable”.
Telstra Optus and Vodafone are all currently testing the Google OS on a new range of smartphones and tablets, this is a standard practise prior to allowing a device onto their network.
The Android code also appears to remove apps built with Adobe Air and then prevent them from being reinstalled.
Adobe said it had not been aware of this “critical” bug before Tuesday and had escalated it with Google.
A spokesman for the search firm was unable to comment at this time.
The BBC claims that the new OS is ‘Shockingly bad’.
Android 5.0 – also known as Lollipop – is described as a “quantum leap forward” by Google and has attracted several positive reviews the BBC said.
It revamps the system’s user interface, offers greater control over notifications, and makes changes to the way the OS executes code, which Google said should mean fewer “temporary glitches” than before.
At the moment, it is only available to a limited number of machines, because many network operators and device manufacturers have yet to complete their own tests.
However, owners of Nexus-branded machines – which are sold by Google itself – can install the software by downloading it from the firm’s website or, in the case of the Asus-made Nexus 7, accepting an over-the-air update.
Android Lollipop adapts its look to suit smartwatches, smartphones and tablets. Nvidia, LG and Motorola have also released Android Lollipop updates for some of their handsets and tablets.
Dozens of messages posted to Google’s own forums suggest that owners of the 2012 version of the Nexus 7, in particular, are experiencing headaches.
“Some apps won’t work and some crash. I wish I didn’t install the update,” wrote Kristen Sawyer.
Another user, nicknamed StretchToo said: “Chrome is dead, unusable, Firefox just about works, the keyboard takes over a minute to load, nearly works if you hunt and peck but dies if you try to swipe.”