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Nexus 5 after Android Lollipop Update – 6 Things are Missing

It’s been almost a week since I have updated my Nexus 5 to Android 5.0 lollipop. It always feels good to use the latest OS. Everything is good on my newly updated Nexus except some features which I will share with you in a moment.

Android Lollipop

Definitely Lollipop is better than Kitkat, I don’t mean that Lollipop is bad (at all). Actually, Lollipop brought many good features, to name a few:

  • Faster wake-up from the lock (on Nexus 5). It’s really faster than 4.4 Kitkat.
  • Fluid graphics, thanks to the material design.
  • All Google apps feel good to use. Again, thanks to Material design.
  • And, Notification toggles. This is something which I was missing in Nexus 5 (when every other phone sported notification toggles). I thank Power Toggles for being there.

Kitkat minus Lollipop = Gallery and a few features.

6 Negative Changes after Lollipop update

1. Gallery: I really miss the good old gallery. Google plus Photos replaces Gallery app in Lollipop update. You can say I was habitual of using that gallery because I want to browse my images folder-wise (sorted by date). And there must be a few more like me who share same feelings. Obviously there are alternatives available in Play Store but it could have been better if they retained it.

2. Lock Screen (Dual swipe to unlock, Pattern lock): If you have set Pattern lock in security settings then you have to swipe once to go to pattern lock screen. Why Google why? Earlier in Kitkat, Pattern lock used to appear first. Also, lock screen widgets are gone. (Lock-screen Screenshot).

3. Messed up Notifications: Google degraded notification system in the newer update, seriously. It was better in Kitkat.

  • You received a notification, but you won’t see that in lock screen, instead it’ll now show carrier name.
    Nexus 5 Lollipop notification bar lock screen
  • You are using your phone and you receive a notification, but notification bar does not show details in the notification bar.
  • Last but not the least: Suppose you are writing notes or browsing internet and you receive a phone call. Phone call pops as a swipeable notification so you can easily ignore a phone call and continue whatever you’re doing. Good for many but bad for masses.

4. Dialer: New Dialer looks good, but it has speed issues compared to the previous update. It’s a bit slower now (or it lags).


5. Slow Camera Shutter: Nexus series never sported the best camera of its heyday and Lollipop slowed down the camera app. Camera shutter, especially in flash mode, takes 1-2 seconds after setting focus.

6. Power button: You won’t see Reboot, Airplane mode or quick sound toggles anymore. Well, thank Google for taking this down. Thankfully, Reboot in safe mode still works if you hold the power  off button for 2 seconds.

Nexus 5 Power Button

That’s all for now.

By Anil

Anil is a tech blogger at WideFide. To know more about me or if you want to follow my latest updates, Follow me on twitter @TheOnlyAnil or Join me @ Facebook