Android 5.0 Lollipop Users Report Bugs that Need Fixing

The new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system rolled out last month was Google's "biggest update of Android to date," with an all-new emphasis on delivering an integrated user experience across multiple devices. However, early users are reporting that Lollipop's sweet changes also come with some less-tasty bugs in need of fixing.

Among the issues emerging recently are problems with quickly draining batteries, Wi-Fi connection difficulties and some devices that are not able to load Lollipop's new "material design" support library. Users in the Netherlands have also reported being unable to send international text messages.

One of the biggest changes that came with Lollipop is its use of what Google calls material design for a consistent look and feel across devices. That is aimed at everything from smartphones and tables to TVs, wearables and -- eventually -- even car electronics.

Material Design with Glitches

In addition to its material design focus, Lollipop has many new features that developers have welcomed. These include a new and more vibrant look, a flashlight shortcut, more information about battery power and charging, an updated notification panel, apps prioritization and an option for adding guest users.

At the same time, though, a growing number of users are also reporting a variety of glitches -- ranging from minor to major -- apparent with the new OS.

The Dutch-language Web site Tweakers, for example, last week reported a bug in which Vodafone users with Nexus devices using Android 5.0 Lollipop were unable to send SMS text messages internationally. And Android Headlines noted that one developer has found a problem with some Samsung smartphones that use older versions of the Android support library; when users try to run Lollipop's new material support library on those phones, the devices crash..

'Annoying Little Bugs'

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