Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been out since Nov. 3, but so far its presence in the mobile community is sparse (to say the least). We’ve seen it pop up on a few Motorola devices, but aside from a handful of phones, the adoption rate isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze; it’s not quite past the secret society of exclusivity. That’s a darn shame, too, because the newly minted OS is the best Google has ever put out. It’s something every Android user deserves to experience right now.
In comes LG. We’ve seen companies promise that Lollipop is on the way, but these things take time, and there are always carrier channels to go through, too. Timeliness has never been something most Android users have been able to enjoy, which is why LG’s G Flex 2 is so important. Right out of the gate the new self-healing device is launching with a skinned Lollipop, providing users with the grace of the G3 and the beauty of Android 5.0. Is it mobile perfection?
Compared to existing LG phones, it quickly becomes apparent how different the experience is with Lollipop onboard. The UI still looks like it came straight from an LG lab—in that regard it’s recognizable—but there’s new functionality thanks to the addition of Lollipop. Lockscreen notifications is the most noticeable feature, but there are also new tweaks like Priority Mode, the new multi-tasking view (with a handy “clear all” button) and more.
To be clear, LG’s skin is liberally applied, just as it has been in the past. The pulldown menu gives you quick on/off switches for things like Wi-Fi, vibrate, rotation, Bluetooth, NFC and more, and there are also sliders for screen brightness and volume. Long-pressing on a home screen will bring up three different options to easily add apps, widgets and change your wallpaper, and there are also some settings for customizations, letting you change screen swipe effects and more.
On the camera side, the UI is still very powerful—Dual mode, Cheese shutter (maybe the best name for a feature), and the ability to change the megapixel count are all easily accessible options. It’s a very clean UI, and one that stays out of the way (while still being there when you need to change the occasional setting). Deeper into the settings of the phone are options for one-handed operation, gestures, and smart cleaning, which lets you clear temporary files and more.
If you were at all a fan of the G3’s UI, you’ll enjoy the experience of the G Flex 2. The skin does overpower a lot of what makes Lollipop Google’s best-looking and most powerful OS, but it doesn’t seem to overcomplicate things too much. For an extensive and in-depth tour of the G Flex’s 2 software, check out the video above.