A break from the usual to ask anyone out there who knows a bit about Android smartphones for some advice. I have a Nexus 5, which I love, and now I bet you know what I am going to ask.
I just went to pull said Nexus 5 off the charger, and I saw an unfamiliar icon where I normally find my notifications. I pulled it down and …yes, that’s right: the long anticipated/dreaded Lollipop* upgrade awaits me. I can have the new OS whenever I want it. I’ve been reading about it on the tech sites and I know that in addition to making boring but useful improvements in background functions, it is going to change a lot about the way my phone looks and feels and what I can do with it. I’m especially excited about all the camera upgrades that are included– I’m going to be able to learn to process RAW files in my phone and it is going to be awesome. Or so I hope.
I’ve known for a week or so that the rollout was actually starting, and having a Nexus phone that runs pure Android I was going to be near the front of the line for it. But now that it’s actually here, I am feeling more than a little trepidation. In my mental landscape it was something that was just going to happen–I’d wake up one morning, or hear a weird sound in the middle of the afternoon and my phone would suddenly be … different. I didn’t realize I was going to have to pull the trigger myself.
So what do you think? Have you upgraded to Lollipop? How long did it take to download? How much did you have to do to get the phone up and running again? Are you happy or sad that you did it? How much does it actually change about how you accomplish your day to day tasks? Bonus points for anyone who knows how long you have to make up your mind before the Google pushes the upgrade on you whether you want it or not, as I’m sure it will do eventually. Being the Google.
I’m waiting ’till my husband gets home from work, that’s for darn sure. I am not doing this by myself. In fact, he has a Nexus 5 himself. He’s the IT guy. He can go first.
(*For all you iPhone folks, the Google names the various versions of the Android phone OS after sweet treats and desserts. The present version is KitKat, the new one, version 5.0, is Lollipop. Don’t ask me.)