Lollipop OS was announced back in June 2014, and released to in November of the same year. By end of this year, Android N, likely to be known as Nutella if the rumors are correct, would make the Lollipop look like a behemoth struggling to make a last stand against time. The features in Android N are likely to be very advanced to ensure that. So if you ate already feeling as if your lollipop gadget is already ancient, don’t despair, latest results show that about 36% of all Android devices run on Lollipop. So quite a crowd to keep you company.
Lollipop, from the numbers and reations, was a very good OS. But like everything in the world of softwares, bugs and glitches always happen. No matter how sophisticated the software is. And so it was with the Lollipop OS.
The following are ways to solve some of the common lollipop problems. At least, enjoy the OS a bit before you get enough money to upgrade to a new with the latest OS. For those on earlier OS, this piece explains how you can get the best out of the aging device.
Lagging and And App-Freezes
A permanent solution has not yet being found for this problem on the Lollipop OS. How Google pushed out the OS with this problem is still a mystery. Maybe, the OS was only tested in high-end devices. Because in these top-end phones, the issue is hardly noticeable.
The bug in the OS led to crashed apps, lagging in some apps and sometimes the user interface even forced stopped, forcing users to reboot their phones from time to time.
The temporary solution to this problem is erasing Google’s Play Store’s data. That solves the problem for a while. It is hoped Google fixes the problem permanently very soon by releasing an update to Lollipop. But with Android N on the horizon, they might just decide to leave users of lollipop to their own fate. However, this problem is most noticeable only in old devices that upgraded to Lollipop and low-end Lollipop OS phones.
Slow charging problem is something that affects many Lollipop devices. This is most noticeable when charging the phone using a laptop or any PC. The solution to this problem might be as simple as changing the charger or USB cable to better ones. Another likely solution might involve having to clear the cache partition of your Android phone.
For most old devices that upgrade their older OS to the Lollipop, a common problem was that the battery drains faster than before. This issue was largely fixed with subsequent Lollipop updates. So those still having this problem should check on their OEM’s website for the Lollipop update. If the problem still persists after updating the OS, updating all the apps in your phone is a sure way to fix the problem. This ensures that all the apps are now compatible with the new Lollipop OS.
On the other hand, you can try a factory reset. This should be the last option though. And remember to back-up your important files before you do.
Audio Glitch on Calls
Some Lollipop devices have reported dysfunctional audio output when on a call. The diagnosis is simple enough. Sometimes one won’t be able to hear a caller and vice versa. The fix is rather easy but annoying. Rebooting the phone tends to fix the problem temporarily. Also using headsets or Bluetooth headset before switching back to the device’s audio can solve the problem. The question begging for an answer is, what happens if a headset is not available if rebooting the phone doesn’t fix the problem?
The next update of Android had better fix this problem permanently.
Several Lollipop users have complained about glitches in using the camera app of their phone. Sometimes the problem concerns missing camera buttons. Which means, users cannot toggle the camera to shoot video or take selfies. To fix the issue one can
- reboot the phone
- go to settings and force stop the camera app. While there, clearing cache and app data would be helpful too. Then reboot the device.
- wipe the device cache partition and
- factory reset the phone after backing-up your files
These are some of the common problems affecting the Lollipop OS. Implementing these simple fixes can ensure you enjoy your lollipop before you have enough money to buy a new phone. Or perhaps, upgrade the OS to the latest if your OEM push OTA update for your device. Of course, if you can’t wait for OTA update, you can check the manufacturers website for it.
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