Ever heard the saying that “slow and steady wins the race?” Well, today’s races don’t operate according to this saying. In most cases, the most swift and speedy wins the race. And the same can be said for the world of smartphones, tablets, and mobile gadgets in general. When it comes to Android, the King of Android smartphones belongs to Google’s Nexus line.
The Nexus line belongs to Google, and Google owns Android – so Nexus devices get the latest Android update first. It’ll be no different this Fall when Google releases Android L. Motorola was getting some of the action in early updates, but her transfer to Lenovo will likely put things back to normal in Android Land.
It’s become a bragging right on the Web when someone can comment, “I’ve had Android 4.4.2 KitKat for two months now – what took your update so long?” And Google’s Nexus line gives users the opportunity to continue the bragging tradition.
But, as with all things, Google’s Nexus line and early updates come with good and bad. The good is that Nexus users get the latest Android update first. As for the bad? Nexus users often end up with Android updates that seem half-baked at first try. In other words, the latest Android updates come with “hiccups” (“bugs” is the usual term) that must be squashed with future updates.
At this point, Nexus 5 users are currently experiencing more Android 4.4.4 KitKat issues on top of the ones experienced when Google first released the new update to patch up its OS security loophole issues. The usual problems are being reported, such as battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, screen freezes, lagging, random reboots, keyboard lag, and so on. One Nexus 5 user reported that his battery died after just 4 hours, mandating that he purchase a wireless charging device to keep some recharge device on his person at all times.
Lagging tends to become a problem when new OS updates are released to devices that didn’t come preloaded with them. In some cases, Google fixes lagging issues in future updates. Some individuals claimed that an upgrade from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, for example, brought improved battery life to the Nexus 5 experience.
At the same time, bugs abound. It’s a common problem, whether you’re using a Nexus 5 on Android or an iPhone 5s on iOS or a Nokia Lumia 920 on Windows. The issue, as always, will concern how soon Google fixes the problems with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Have you experienced any of these problems, or something different entirely? If so, let us know in the comments below. You’d be surprised how many individuals are likely experiencing the same thing with the Nexus 5.