After much observation and jumping around the many Android forums, I finally decided to take my N9005 to the Lollipop world.
Well, its beautiful (as beautiful the Samsung UI can be i.e.) and perplexing.
And although I am still trying to guess the reason why Google took off the silent option from the power key menu, it is faster and more responsive (or feels like it!)
Anyways, the first main issue I have come across is the voice control disappearing when the Hands Free is enabled.
Turns out, I cannot choose to Answer or Reject when the calls come in on the Hands free mode.
I tried everything short of a factory reset, but for the life of me could not get this trivial feature to work… until, until is turned this off,,,
“Vibrate when Ringing”
If you phone is having this checked, you are probably not having the hands free operating as you want it!
Yeah, doesn’t make much sense… but that’s the solution!
Like I said, I tried every option but this is something which I had enabled only recently, so rolling all my changes back, and undoing the many other options lead to this discovery.
Hope it helps out someone out there!