Finally, Android Lollipop for Sony Xperia Z2!
Google has been rolling its latest Android OS iteration, Android 5.0 a.k.a. Lollipop, for quite some time. A number of tech vendors have actually rolled this Android update for a number of their smartphone lineups as well. Now, it is Sony’s turn to do the same. After quite a long wait, the Japanese company has eventually decided to roll out Android 5.0.2 for the Xperia Z2 smartphone, after having rolled the same update for the Xperia Z3 first.
The Android Lollipop brings some new features with it. Whereas some are simply visual tweaks, some are really useful features. I bet users of Sony Xperia Z2 have long been waiting for the ability to move their apps to external storage. Now, thanks to this latest Android version, users of the device can actually do just that! Sony has added the ability to move apps to SD card, provided the developers of the corresponding apps enable this feature.
The next quite interesting feature is the ability to add guest users, along with multiple other users. Yes, it may look a bit similar to the guest mode that LG has provided from the ground up for its G flagship series, starting from the G2. Unfortunately, however, if you want to know the truth about the guest user Sony is offering on the Xperia Z2 with the latest Android update, it may not be of too much use. The problem is that, when someone logs onto the Xperia Z2, the flagship smartphone by Sony, as a guest user, he/she can seemingly access each and every single function of the device. In fact, even worse, the guest user is not even restricted from making alterations to the device settings, mind you! So, all in all, this guest mode is pretty much useless, isn’t it?
One of the most talked about aspects of Google’s latest Android iteration is the Material Design. Well, generally speaking, this actually makes the look of the OS kind of sleeker than before. Also, this time, this mobile platform from Google seems to be dominated by the blue color. You will mostly see the blue color in pretty much every section of the OS, such as in the Settings. Speaking of the Settings section, it is now divided into categories, which are, ‘Wireless & networks’, ‘Device’, ‘Personal’ and ‘System’.
It turns out that Google has also updated the notification bar in this new Android update. The notification bar now consists of three steps. Now, the first time you drag down the notification bar, all you will see is the notifications of messages, applications and the likes. Yet, when you drag the notification bar again the second time, more options will be revealed. These options include the ability to turn on and off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data, hotspot, cast screen, etc. Of course, you can also edit what to show here by tapping on the pencil icon at the top of the notification bar. The pencil icon, however, will only show up after you drag the notification bar the second time. Then, the last step, the third one, will show you available users registered on your Xperia Z2 smartphone. From here, you can quickly switch to another user. But then again, as described earlier, there may be no point in switching between users if any user can easily access all phone functions and even make changes to the phone settings.
Another update that users of the Sony Xperia Z2 mobile phone will find, thanks to the new Lollipop update, is the clock. Yes, you can now choose from three modes for the device clock. The alarm clock has been updated, too. Now, when you tap on the alarm clock to set the alarm time, you will be provided with a large analog clock. All you have to do here to set the alarm time is simply click on the hour and minute of the clock and you’re good to go.
Even though there are bound to be interesting features brought by the Android 5.0 (Lollipop), it seems that users of the Xperia Z2 cellphone from Sony will no longer be getting any system updates for their phone in the future. Thing is, unlike on previous Android OS iterations, Sony is now no longer including the Update Center app on the new Android 5.0.2. We hate to say this, but it seems this will be the last update Sony will be offering for users of its last year’s flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone. If this proves to be the case, it will be a pity, especially considering that the hardware specifications of the device should still be very capable of handling even more upcoming OS updates, at least for another couple of years ahead.
Monday, April 13, 2015