Android’s new device setup process has long been in need of a visual overhaul to make it friendlier and less daunting for non-technical users. Since the day of Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve had a dark skin in line with the Holo theme of the time that, while straightforward, wasn’t particularly inviting.
This has changed with Lollipop. While the setup process itself hasn’t changed much, it’s now decked out with bright, friendly colours.
Well that’s a little bit imposing. I doubt we’ll see this screen when we unwrap our shiny new Nexus 9‘s in a few weeks’ time, though.
The first thing you’ll be asked to do during setup is connect to a Wi-Fi network.
This screen sets the tone for the rest of the setup process. There’s a neat cityscape that represents your connection to the outside world and everything’s bright and accessible.
Once you’ve entered your Wi-Fi password, Android will connect to the network and check that it has access to the Internet.
Don’t judge my Internet connection, Google.
OK, software updates are important.
Tap and Go setup allows you to tap two Android devices with NFC together to establish a Bluetooth connection and copy settings between them.
It’s OK Google, you take your time.
Once Android’s got it’s stuff in order, you’ll be asked to connect your Google account. At this point the dominant colour of the screen changes to Google’s deep blue, and the redesigned login interface takes over. It’s quite nice.
After you log in, Android needs to think some more.
And a bit more.
All done! Now it’s time to restore apps and data.
We’ve already covered the new restore process, so let’s not go into it too much here. Suffice to say, you’ll be able to restore the apps installed on your old phone or tablet.
Google needs us to agree to some more terms and conditions to use its services. Location and general user experience statistics – the usual for this screen.
Now that we’re done, it’s time to go to the home screen!
That large Play store widget actually doesn’t seem too inclined to actually show anything at the moment. It’s still promising to show my recent purchases, and when it’s clicked it just seems to zoom in the text “My Library”.
Also notable, the dock only contains the Google Camera icon and nothing else.
It seems the Nexus 7 developer preview image might be pretty light on Google apps:
There should be a full complement of Play apps in there, but there’s not. Fortunately, they’re easy enough to install from the Play store!
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