Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 Release: What to Expect

The Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update is confirmed which means that owners of the aging former flagship should be making the jump from Android 5.1 Lollipop soon. With that in mind, we take a look at what you can expect from Google and its Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release.

Back in March, Google made a huge deal about its Android 5.1 release. Android 5.1 is an update that mixes new features with major bug fixes for Android Lollipop problems. It has been rolling out to Nexus users, and others, since the end of March.

In April, Google replaced Android 5.1 with a newer version of Lollipop dubbed Android 5.1.1. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is a much smaller update that brings bug fixes to tackle lingering Lollipop problems and issues with Google’s Android 5.1.1 update. Android 5.1.1 has been rolling out since April though it has been slow moving.

Google was quick to release Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus Player, a niche device that’s available in the United States and abroad. Days later, it released the Android 5.1.1 update for the Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi) and Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi). Earlier this week, the update landed for the Nexus 9.

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Today, we’ve finally seen some movement for Nexus smartphones. The Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update, Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update, and the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update have all been confirmed for arrival. And that means that Android 5.1.1 now has the attention of Nexus smartphone users all over the world.

Google hasn’t announced its plans for the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update and it probably won’t. We don’t want to leave Nexus 4 users hanging so here, we’re going to outline what you should expect from Google and the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release. This will help set your expectations ahead of Google’s upcoming release.

Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 Release Soon

The Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release date is unconfirmed. Google hasn’t dumped the files into the AOSP. T-Mobile hasn’t updated its Nexus 4 Android software upgrade page to reflect the update’s arrival. And the one carrier that has announced something has left its release ETA intentionally vague.


Canadian carrier Rogers says that the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release will start up in the near future. Typically, when it says that an update is “Coming Soon,” the update roll outs within a few days.

We expect the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update to arrive within a few days. We’d be surprised if we made it through the month of May without a release.

Standard Roll Out

We expect the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update to follow Google’s Nexus Android update release protocol. If you’re not familiar, take note. This is how Google’s update process typically works:

  • Google releases factory images into AOSP.
  • Soon after the release into AOSP, the update starts rolling the update out Over-the-Air.
  • The file gets discovered on Google’s servers which allows Nexus users to sideload the software ahead of the OTA.
  • Google’s OTA roll outs typically take one to two weeks while Google monitors the roll out for issues. Android 5.1.1 is a small update but it should still take its sweet time to reach Nexus 4 users around the world.

Bug Fixes

Expect the Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 update to come with a number of fixes for lingering Android 5.1 and Lollipop problems.

Nexus 4 users have been complaining about a number of different problems in the weeks since the Android 5.1 update’s arrival and the Android 5.1.1 update is expected to stabilize the software on the aging former flagship.

While we’ve heard about some initial Android 5.1.1 problems, much of the feedback that we’ve seen has been good. Android 5.1.1 is also treating our Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 9 extremely well so we’re confident that the Nexus 4 is in good hands.

As a reminder, you can run down the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop change log here.

Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 Problems

Will Android 5.1.1 fix everything? Probably not. Will it bring some new problems to Nexus 4 users? Probably.

The Nexus 4 Android 5.1.1 release is coming with bug fixes but you should expect the update to bring its own collection of problems. Android updates, even small ones like Android 5.1.1, always do. That’s why we always tell you to prepare your device ahead of a release.

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Android 5.1.1 problems won’t affect every single Nexus 4 user but we still recommend getting acquainted with some of the fixes that we’ve outlined. Android 5.1.1’s problems could mirror Android 5.1 Lollipop problems and if they do, these fixes should work out for Nexus 4 users.

One last note: We’ve also put together a list of fixes for Android 5.1.1 battery life problems. Battery drain is common after an update particularly on older devices like the Nexus 4. Keep those stashed away as well.

Remember, there’s really no way to predict if you’ll see problems after making the move to Android 5.1.1 so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.