Nexus Android 5.0.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

Google’s new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 brings fixes for some of the Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing those devices. It also appears to deliver some problems of its own and here, we take a look at five things you need to know, right now, about Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems as we push further away from its release.

In November, Google released an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to replace last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. The Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system is a massive change from KitKat and it’s one that Nexus smartphone and tablet users have embraced thanks to the changes to the design and Android’s core set of features.


Android 5.0 Lollipop also delivered problems to Nexus users and over the past few weeks, the company’s issued several Android updates aimed at squashing those Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.

The first was Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, an update it pushed out to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 10, and Nexus 9 users. The Android 5.0.1 update delivered several fixes though, as we pointed out, it also failed to fix every lingering Android 5.0 problem. It also brought some problems of its own.

If you have problems, you should try Android 5.0.2 on the Nexus 7 2012, otherwise you may want to wait.

If you have problems, you should try Android 5.0.2 on the Nexus 7 2012, otherwise you may want to wait.


In the aftermath of the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop release, Google released another Android 5.0 update dubbed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is also a bug fix update though it’s currently far more limited as it has only rolled out to the Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi and the much larger Nexus 10 tablet.


Unsurprisingly, we’re now starting to hear about some of the issues plaguing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users around the country. There’s been quite a bit of chatter about Nexus Lollipop problems and today, we want to sift through that noise and offer you a glimpse at the most important things to know.

This roundup will walk you through what you need to know about these problems, what you can do to prevent Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems and what you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop’s future.

Android 5.0.2 Problems Plague Nexus Users

The first thing you need to know is that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems have started to plague some Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 users. We aren’t seeing the same type of volume we saw from the original Android 5.0 Lollipop update but there are reasons for that. The Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update remains limited and it continues to roll out for Nexus users.

Still, even in its early stages, Nexus users are complaining about a number of Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems and Nexus 10 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems. Nexus 7 users are the loudest and they are complaining about a series of perceived Android 5.0.2 problems including Android 5.0.2 Lollipop installation issues, issues with performance, abnormal lag that reportedly makes the device unusable, random freezes and forced restarts, complaints about lag and performance, Wi-Fi issues, and more. These are just the tip of the iceberg and it’s clear that some Nexus users are having problems.


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We’ve noticed performance issues on the Nexus 7 2012. The device exhibits occasional lag. The issue seems to be primarily linked to animations though we’ve seen some general sluggishness when making transitions as well. This isn’t too surprising given the age of the tablet and it’s possible that these problems will subside in the weeks ahead.

We don’t point these Android 5.0.2 issues out to be annoying or mean, we point these out because Nexus users will want to take stock of these issues before installing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

If you’re experiencing relative calm on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or below, you’ll simply want to wait a few days to see if more problems pop up. Minor issues will always emerge but it’s the major issues that you should be worried about. So far, we haven’t seen any on the Nexus 7. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems appear to be isolated at the moment.

Not Everyone Is Dealing With Problems

It’s important to note that not everyone is experiencing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems after the update. At least not yet. We’ve heard from a few Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users who claim that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop actually improved their performance over Android 5.0 Lollipop and for the most part, our Android 5.0.2 experience on the Nexus 7 2012 has been outstanding.


We haven’t seen Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users relay a ton about their positive experiences online but that’s probably because the update is still slow moving. We haven’t seen many Nexus 7 2012 complaints pop up and that update has been out for several weeks now, a good sign for Nexus 7 2013 owners and owners of the Nexus 10.

You’ll want to do your research before diving in with the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update if you’re on Android 4.4 or Android 5.0. Ask around, find a forum and gather feedback. Yes, there are issues but many of you are going to come out of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop process unscathed. It just takes a little bit of effort on your part.

Fixes for Nexus Android 5.0.2 Problems

You should know that there are some potential fixes for some of these Android 5.0.2 Lollipop bugs. If you head to the Nexus Help Forum, you’re going to encounter a series of threads dealing with Android 5.0 issues. Many of those threads contain potential fixes for your device. We’ve discovered a number of possible fixes on there over the years and they’re a great place to start.

For most users, the Nexus 7 Lollipop update is worth installing.


We’ve also put together a list of common Android 5.0.2 problems along with fixes for those problems. Keep in mind, those fixes aren’t guaranteed to work for your Android 5.0.2 issues but there’s always a chance that they’ll work or at least get you heading in the right direction. We also have an extensive list of smaller tips that could help improve your performance. Take a look at all of those before slamming the device into a wall.

You Have Options

If you are currently on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop experiencing problems or if you’re on another version of Android thinking about making a move, know that you have options available to you. This is Android after all.

First of all, know that you do not need to install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop right now. In fact, there are some reasons why you might want to skip the update when it arrives. Those of you on older devices like the Nexus 7 2012 will want to consider holding off for the time being, at least until you can get more prepared. Older devices typically run into the most trouble.

If you are on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the experience isn’t up to snuff, you can always flash to another piece of software or a more stable ROM out there in the development community. It’s the gift and the curse of the Nexus program. You’re a guinea pig for Google’s new Android software but you also have access to an unlocked bootloader and a device that’s easily rooted.

If you’re unsure how to flash to another version of Android, hit up this thread. It’s a great starting point for beginners and it will fill in a lot of the questions you might have about the process.

Android 5.1 Update MIA

You Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users also need to know that you’re most likely going to need to rely on these options and temporary fixes for the foreseeable future. Google hasn’t announced an Android 5.0.3 update or an Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Google rarely announces details ahead of time and it’s very rare that we see Google issue rapid fire bug fix updates. At the very least, know you’ll probably be waiting several weeks at the least.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop will reportedly arrive early in the year though the source doesn’t have much of a track record so you should not rely on the update for fixes for your Android 5.0.2 problems. Be proactive. If problems persist, we should see Google roll out at least one more update to shore up issues ahead of its next major release. If not, you could be stuck with third-party fixes.