Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Release Picks Up Steam

Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release is finally starting to pick up the pace, almost a month after Google first made the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update available to owners of its former flagship.

In March, Google announced its brand new Android 5.1 Lollipop update, an update that replaces the company’s Android 5.0, Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. Like Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, Android 5.1 Lollipop features bug fixes aimed at Nexus Lollipop problems. Unlike Android 5.0.2 and Android 5.0.1, Android 5.1 also delivers some tweaks to existing features. It’s a big update for Nexus smartphones and tablets.


Last month, Google released the update for several different devices including the Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 10, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, and the Nexus 5. And while some of the roll outs picked up steam a short time later, the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop only recently began to gain steam.




The Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to pick up the pace and it appears that the Google’s new Android 5.1 LMY47I build was indeed the catalyst for the change. LMY47I is not the build that started rolling out to some Nexus 5 users in early March. No, it’s an updated build that features small fixes including one for SIM cards.


In the past two days, two of our Nexus 5 models have received Google’s new Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop build, a sign that the update is finally starting to make the progress that Nexus 5 users have been hoping for. We’ve heard from several other Nexus 5 users who have also received their upgrade and it looks like Google’s Nexus 5 Android 5.1 release is finally in full swing, almost a month after it first started rolling out.

Nexus 5 users will stumble upon the Android 5.1 update in one of two ways. Impatient types can go into the device’s settings to manually check for the update. Checking more than two times a day will do no good.

Patient types can simply sit back and wait for a prompt to appear in the Nexus 5’s notifications. When the update is available, it will ask users to start the download and installation process. The entire update process can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the connection speed. Google’s new Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop build is around 220MB in size.



Nexus 5 users continue to post feedback about the Android 5.1 Lollipop update and opinions, thus far, have been mixed. While some users have encountered good experiences, others are reporting Nexus 5 Android 5.1 problems.

Nexus 5 users are complaining about battery life problems, about issues with contacts and messaging, about connectivity problems, about Bluetooth problems, about charging problems, about random reboots and random crashes, about problems with the camera, and more. We’ve encountered random reboots on the Nexus 5 and they are likely caused by a well known memory leak issue on board Android 5.1.

Rumor has it, Google is working on a new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, one that could potentially plug up the memory leak for good. While Google hasn’t confirmed the update outright, a reference to its release popped up in the most recent update to the Android SDK.

It appears that Google has finished up the coding for the Android 5.1.1 update which means that it’s probably finishing up its work behind the scenes. At least a few trustworthy sources believe that the Android 5.1.1 release for Nexus devices is right around the corner, perhaps in April.

Google still owes Nexus users Android 5.1 updates. The company’s Nexus 9, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 7 (cellular), and Nexus 4 are still without the latest version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Those updates are confirmed but it’s not clear yet if these devices will get Android 5.1 Lollipop or if they will get the newer version of Android 5.1, Android 5.1.1. Google rarely announces details ahead of time so Nexus 5 users and other Nexus users will likely have to wait in the dark.