Android 5.1 Lollipop has a lot riding on it. As the newest version of Android and Google’s Material-themed vision for the future. It needs to correct some of the failings of Lollipop and make us believe that Mountain View has a plan to lead us into the future.
5.1 is the Lollipop Nexus users wanted, one with fewer bugs and more potential for the future. However, is it the future we want? We loaded up a preliminary CyanogenMod 12 ROM on a test Galaxy Nexus to find out.he good news is Material looks beautiful. Android has always been the ugly duckling to iOS, but Google is making a real case for design with Lollipop and it is a strong one.
Lollipop is all about bright colors and flashy animations. It’s about presenting content to the user in a colorful, beautiful way. For the most part, it works.
I especially love the animations. Touching items leaves a wave around your finger. Apps slide in and out of the bottom of the screen. The new app switcher is something else.
The animations and new design add some flair to Android without being excessive in the same way as, say, Windows Phone. It’s a good move by Google.