Sony finally started rolling out the much awaited Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2. We published a guide on how to manually update your phones. Given the eager user I am, I went ahead and took the liberty of taking one for the team and updated my Xperia Z2 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and I’m currently writing a review on how good the OS actually is. Did Sony mess up like Samsung, HTC and LG did in the start or it is as perfect as it was supposed to be? Let’s find out.
Note: If you are a power users, and use recovery a lot, don’t update your phone yet. The recovery is broken, I can verify that the root is working as for Xposed Modules. Here is a list of all the working Xposed Modules on Lollipop right now.
The first thing you’ll notice when you boot up for the first time is how clean and minimal the UI is. Sony did a great job making sure the OS gets all the facets of Google’s Material design right as well as maintaining the minimalistic look I adore so much.
As you can see, the design is very simple, the on screen buttons got a make over as well and look better though you can always change them if you want via several mods available.
The old notification drawer got a redesign as well and now completely looks vanilla, this is a good thing because Sony’s previous notification drawer started to lose its grace. You can swipe it down once to view notification and do another swipe to view the quick controls like WiFi, Bluetooth and other similar controls. In short, this looks good and is fast and fluid
The lock-screen and the recent menu is also revamped. The recent menu is now entire carded and this is to match the Material design, as for the lock-screen shares similarities from both Sony’s own design as well as Google’s Material design. Remember how the full album art on lock-screen while playing music was missing on Sony’s Kitkat update? Sony made sure that the mistake goes away. While playing music, you can see the complete album art on your lock screen. A feature I’ve missed a lot.
All in all, I’m extremely pleased with Sony’s latest Lollipop update. But there are something I’d like to point out. If you’re willing to have a full blown root experience, this update isn’t for you since the recovery is currently not working. Sony had issues with the inability to mount system which rendered the ability to write System useless. That isn’t here anymore. I can easily write into system without any issues. Xposed is also not working as of now but that’s an issue at another end. I installed this update as a trial and error, but I won’t be doing any downgrades. I’d personally like to thank Sony for once again delivering a software experience that is according to my liking. As compared to other OEMs, Sony’s Lollipop is by far the smoothest I’ve used, as smooth as the one running on Nexus devices.
Should you update your Sony Xperia Z2 on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop without or with root? Yes, you should.