In the next version Android under the codename Lollipop or in the fifth, if it is simpler, there were several pleasant innovations, and also, what is more important, the appearance of the OS was completely redesigned. It was in Android 5.0 that Google transferred the system to Material Design, 'combed it' and refreshed it, leaving behind a pleasant, but, let's face it, some vague style of the four and its previous versions. Gradually, all flagships are updated to Android 5.0, some manufacturers roll out updates earlier, some later, some will probably never release them at all. But today I want to tell you about a specific update – an official firmware update has been released to Android 5.0 for the smartphone HTC One (M8). What changed? Better or worse? How well does Material Design fit with Sense branding? Faster or slower now M8? And the main question – is it necessary to update at all? Answers under the cut.
I'll tell you about the most important thing at first – no, with the release of the firmware based on Android 5.0, the proprietary HTC Sense in One (M8) has not changed externally – the icons remain the same, the menu design, the settings window and that's it rest. The Taiwanese are true to themselves and their interface remains unchanged in terms of design, although, of course, we should expect Sense to move to Material Design in the coming months, most likely with the announcement of the M9. In the meantime, everything is still, and Sense looks like before, it is worth noting that although some elements of s HTC One (M8) are now new, there is no dissonance between them and old elements from Sense. So if you want to upgrade your M8 to Android 5.0 in order to see the new system design – don't, you won't see it.
The most important and visible innovations can be listed very quickly.
Updated lock screen with notification cards and the ability to quickly jump to each of them.
Updated manager of running programs, where applications are also represented by cards.
Updated notification curtain with cards and a redesigned, more compact and neat menu with switches for interfaces and settings.
And one more important innovation – HTC One (M8) on the new firmware with Android 5.0 has become even faster and now works so fast that when you scroll through the menu or the feed on Twitter, for example , the wind starts to whistle around, it becomes fresh and cool. But seriously, there is no wind, but even by eye the device has become even faster. Although, it would seem, much faster if earlier HTC One (M8) was one of the benchmark android smartphones in terms of performance.
The short summary is simple – it is imperative to update to Android 5.0 – Sense has remained the same, there are almost no external graphical changes, but the notification curtain, the lock screen have become more convenient and, most importantly, the device is now even faster.