3 Reasons Not to Install Android 5.1 Lollipop Right Now

Google’s Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes with new features, new enhancements and a number of bug fixes. It’s an exciting update but it’s also one that you may not want to install on day one. Today, we take a look at three reasons why you might want to skip the initial Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop release date for your device.

In November, Google rolled out Android 5.0 Lollipop. Almost immediately after its release, Nexus users started complaining about lingering Android 4.4 KitKat problems and issues with Android 5.0 itself. These complaints prompted Google to roll out two brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2, both of which were aimed at tackling these issues.

While Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop did fix many of the problems plaguing Nexus smartphone and tablet users, it failed to crush them all. Android 5.0.1 problems and Android 5.0.2 problems have been prevalent for a number of weeks now.

Google’s finally taken some action to stop these Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. This week, Google announced its brand new Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus devices including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and more. Android 5.1 Lollipop is a substantial update and one that is going to intrigue many Nexus users, especially those dealing with Lollipop problems.

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When a new update arrives, there’s always a temptation to install it and its new features as soon as the prompt appears. Many of you know of no other way. We’re here to remind you that there actually are some good reasons to skip the Android 5.1 Lollipop release date when it arrives for your device. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t install Android 5.1 Lollipop. What we are saying is that there is some benefit to waiting.

Here are three reasons why you might want to at least think about skipping the initial Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop release. Google’s currently rolling the update out to the Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 5, and Nexus 10 but we expect it to hit the Nexus 6 and others soon.

Android 5.1 Lollipop Problems

If you’ve been through the Nexus Android update process before, then you know how frustrating it can. Google’s Nexus software updates almost always come with bug fixes on board. They also typically come with their own collection of bugs and issues that drag down the performance. These problems, which surface after every single update, are never limited to specific devices. They typically touch them all.

Android 5.1 Lollipop is still extremely new, it just started pushing for some of Google’s Nexus devices, which means that we haven’t seen a lot of feedback yet. Lack of feedback in the Nexus world is a very bad thing, especially for those of you that don’t consider yourselves hardcore Android users. Feedback from other Nexus users is absolutely critical, especially after a massive update like Android 5.1 Lollipop.


If you wait a day or two for the smoke to settle, Google’s Nexus Help Forum should start filling up with tales of Android 5.1’s benefits and failures. And once it does, you’ll start to be able to piece together the pros and cons of the Android 5.1 Lollipop release. We’re also starting to take a look at Android 5.1 Lollipop and our initial impressions will be solid starting points for those of you worried about Android 5.1 Lollipop bugs and performance.

If your experience on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or even Android 4.4 KitKat is still good, take your time before moving to Android 5.1 Lollipop. There’s always a potential for an update to wreck havoc on a Nexus device and you’ll want to absorb as much feedback as you possibly can before taking the plunge.

You’re Not Prepared

We cannot stress this enough. If you haven’t prepared yourself ahead of the Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop release or if you haven’t prepared your device ahead of its update, do not install the Android 5.1 Lollipop update right now. You’ll be taking a huge risk doing so.

We’ve outlined a number of things to do before the Android 5.1 Lollipop release date and we also recently outlined some Android 5.1 Lollipop release date tips for Nexus users. Those are great starting points. Here’s the deal.


If you haven’t backed up your device. If you aren’t familiar with the changes coming with Android 5.0 or Android 5.1. If you have no business skipping the OTA process. If you’re on a custom ROM and you want to move back to stock with no idea how. If you have critical applications for work or school that can’t break. If any of those things apply, you shouldn’t install the Android 5.1 Lollipop update when it first arrives for your device.

Seasoned Android users have probably taken care of this already but you’d be surprised how many people fail to prepare for Android updates. In our experience, the more prepared you are, the better off you’re going to be after the installation process is complete. Preparation is going to take most of you more than a day. So if you’re not prepared on day one, skip the installation process, and do it another time when you are ready.

You’re Traveling

We’ve said this before and people still fail to listen. If you are traveling, work or for pleasure, you might want to think about holding off on installing Android 5.1 Lollipop. At least for right now.

Why is that? Simple. There could be issues on board Google’s new software that impact the overall stability of the device. The odds are increased for travelers who haven’t prepared for Android 5.1 Lollipop’s arrival and we imagine that with a trip at hand, preparing for Android 5.1 isn’t high on the list.


If something were to go wrong, not having easy access to a personal computer could make things extremely difficult and impact your trip. You do not want to encounter a problem while you’re out at a relatives place or preparing to take photos during a once-in-life time trip. Wait until you’re back at home, in front of your own computer, and then make your move. Android 5.1 Lollipop isn’t going anywhere.