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Android 5.0 Lollipop released -- download NOW (or not)

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is now released for select devices. You should be able to download it Real Soon Now.

As usual, the over-the-air update is being throttled, which is disappointing to some—but do you really want to live on the bleeding edge?

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Darrell Etherington makes it drizzle, calling it "a dramatic leap forward":

Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware...begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. ... Something about the name seems to resonate with the bold new design direction Google has introduced. ... Lollipop’s playful, animation-rich aesthetic...“material design,” feels fresh and alive, with an internal logic.

[It] takes cues from real-world materials to present the user with UI elements that slide over one another, casting shadows and animating in and out of maximized and minimal states. [It's] like paging through a unique small-run art book. [It's] a treat, and it’s surprising how modern the UI feels.

Google has made interacting with hardware running Lollipop more of a delightful experience. [It] finally manages to make you forget about the code running just under the hood. [It] actually seems at time to be mood improving.  MORE

But how do I get it? Kif Leswing hints a hint:

Google is going to roll out over-the-air updates to certain devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10.

Go into the “About Phone” menu in the Settings app.  MORE

Not so fast. tkdguy reminds us how that works:

You only get one opportunity per day to receive an update. If you don't get it on your first try each day, then you have a 0% chance of getting it until the next day.
That chance slowly increases each day until it reaches 100%.  MORE

And Adam Mills shares another way:

After the roll out begins, we should see direct downloads...from Google’s servers. [So] if you are the impatient type, you might want to consider sideloading. ... It can be a little tricky but it’s certainly one of the benefits afforded to Nexus devices and Nexus owners.

If your device is a company phone, check in with your IT department before installing. These updates have, in the past, broken enterprise applications and functions like Exchange.  MORE

Google's Nicholas Jitkoff wants to have a "design conversation" with us:

Design is a major focus for Lollipop—the latest version of Android.

Touch is one of the primary elements of material design, which is inspired by real life materials. ... We also based our work on the foundations of good graphic design, using strong colors and bold typography to create clear hierarchy and focus. ... Motion brings the material and the graphic together, explaining how the system works, and adding moments of delight.

It is important that every app be able to take on its own unique personality and experience while fitting in the larger system. ... We look forward to working with you to help push the limits on what’s possible through design.  MORE

Meanwhile, JR Raphael looks under the hood:

With...Android 5.0 Lollipop...Google's security setup is growing even stronger. ... Android is built around a sandbox-based setup...and with Lollipop, the patrols around those boxes will be expanding into new terrain. [It] shifts every bit of policy enforcement to a kernel-level.

Lollipop introduces a new feature called Smart Lock. ... You can set a specific Bluetooth device [or NFC tag] to be "trusted" -- and then anytime that device is nearby and connected, you won't have to enter a pattern or PIN to get into your phone [and if it] isn't in the area, your phone will automatically lock. [Plus] if you have a phone with Android 5.0 nearby, you'll soon be able to sign into your Chromebook without ever having to type your password.

With Lollipop, encryption is reimagined in a way that actually makes it practical. ... New devices will prompt you to activate encryption...eliminating all the waiting and the hassle.

The argument for bloated and expensive third-party security suites on Android is weaker now than ever.  MORE


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