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Congrats, Google -- you managed to fuck up a perfectly good OS (Android 4.4.4 KitKat) with a "better" release of 5.0.1 Lollipop. Nothing makes OS better than taking away some functionality present for years, restricting other functionality and changing operational paradigms to something you believe is "cool".

What a bunch of assholes. I'm reverting back to KitKat for now -- perhaps enough people will yell at Google to bring back lockscreen operations and do something with the idiotic notifications that aren't of any use to anyone even fleetingly security-conscious...

PS. And fuck your Material Design icons: the ugly flat look is not cool, it's just that -- ugly. Nothing says "awesome" better than a single-color solid-fill no-shadows no-nothing flat fucking icon...on a 32-bit color full HD screen...

Date: 2014-12-05 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rkatsyv.livejournal.com
So young, so angry...

Date: 2014-12-06 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lkoyfman.livejournal.com
How do you roll back the OS update? (or any app update, for that matter)?
What's your problem with Lollipop? Didn't notice any major inconveniences...

Date: 2014-12-06 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cryowizard.livejournal.com
You can flash a device with a factory image of a particular build from Google's image sites (provided they support your device still).

I hate the fact that they completely turned off lock screen widgets. In KitKat, I could do a whole bunch of things without unlocking the tablet. I had an awesome-looking customized weather/time widget, a media player, quick note taker and something else. All available directly from lock screen without entering a pin, and of course they were all security-restricted. In addition, long-pressing power button from lock screen would give me a quick shortcut to putting the tablet into airplane or silent/vibrate/normal sound mode (I use that in movie theaters and in class all the time). And of course -- "notifications". In KitKat you could see the notification icon (but not text) up top from lock screen, while most of the lock screen was occupied by widgets of your choice. Now there are no widgets, there is no choice of how time looks, but notifications occupy the middle of the screen in large blocks. If you don't care, you can tell it to show all data in a notification. However, that is a security risk -- it will show names, email addresses, chat text etc. If you turn off showing "sensitive information" (they define what that is, not you) the notifications are useless blocks of white, still occupying most of the screen without carrying any information.

I lost all my secure workflow widgets and gained nothing with the useless notifications.

Long story short they completely fucked the lock screen workflow that otherwise allowed people like me to do a bunch of stuff securely...Now I have to enter pin for anything and everything...

They had a perfect balance of security and workflow management in KitKat, and of course they had to "improve" it. Motherfuckers.

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