Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 Update: What You Need to Know

Earlier this month, Google started pushing out the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, a bug fixer that it hopes will tackle some of the bigger Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing Nexus users. With that in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update.

Last month, Google finally delivered the Android 5.0 Lollipop update it introduced back at Google I/O in June. As expected, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update delivered a number of new features, tweaks and enhancements to owners of Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets including the company’s brand new Material Design. Android 5.0 is Google’s biggest Android update in years and an update that was installed by lots of Nexus users including owners of the Nexus 4.

In the weeks after the initial Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release, we started to hear more about Google’s new update. And while much of the chatter was good, we ourselves enjoyed Google’s new Android update, we also heard about some of the Android 5.0 Lollipop problems affecting various Nexus users.

Owners of the Nexus 4 were vocal about some of the issues plaguing the software and they, like owners of other Nexus smartphone and tablets, started pleading for an Android 5.0.1 bug fix update to tackle these Android 5.0.1 issues. After a bit of a wait, Google rolled out its first update for its brand new operating system, Android 5.0.1.

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Android 5.0.1 was initially released for the Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, and the Nexus 10. In the days since that initial push, the Android 5.0.1 update has landed for several other Nexus devices including the Nexus 4. The update emerged earlier this month and it’s been rolling out to owners of the aging former flagship for a few days now.

With Android 5.0.1 now on the minds of Nexus 4 users around the world, we want to take a look at what you need to know about Google’s brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 Update

The first thing that Nexus 4 users need to know is that the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update has replaced the Android 5.0 update as the most current version of the Lollipop operating system. Most Nexus 4 users probably know about the Android 5.0.1 update by now but there are always a few Nexus users who come out from under their rock a week later than everyone else.

For those that don’t know, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is a bug fix update, an update that’s aimed at squashing some of the lingering Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. It was a much needed update though it does not address everything wrong with the software.

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According to the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop change log for developers, the update isn’t all that big. There are a few key fixes though including one that will help prevent a factory reset if the user inputs the right commands on the lock screen but it doesn’t come with a ton of fixes.

While the Android 5.0.1 change log is small, there’s always a chance that it will fix other bugs that aren’t listed on the change log itself. Battery life woes, Wi-Fi issues and Bluetooth problems are among the more popular Android bugs and occasionally, smaller bug fix updates will alleviate these issues without mentioning them amongst the fixes.

Android 5.0.1 Still Rolling Out

About a week ago, Google started rolling out the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update. And while the update is making substantial progress, there are still some people that are stuck on Android 5.0. There’s no need to panic if you have yet to see the OTA update from Google. This is precisely how Google’s Android updates work.

While some companies and carriers push out their software updates to the masses within a couple of days, Google tends to slow roll its OTA updates. Typically, its updates roll out over the course of a week or so. They’re a bit unpredictable. Nexus 4 users are encouraged to check for the update a couple of times a day. Checking any more than that will not yield results.

Given that the update has been pushing out for close to a week, we’re probably nearing the tail end of the roll out process. Google won’t announce a competition date so there’s no telling when the deployment will actually complete. We imagine it will be soon though.

There’s A Way to Get It Now

If you’re sick and tired of waiting for the OTA to arrive and you have some knowledge about sideloading, there is a way to get the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 update on board the device right now.

Those who are familiar with the process can snag the update from Google’s servers here and sideload it ahead of the OTA’s arrival. This file is about 16MB in size and it’s for those that are coming from stock Android 5.0 Lollipop.


Novice Nexus 4 users are encouraged to wait for the Android 5.0.1 OTA to arrive. Sideloading often causes issues during the installation process and there’s a chance that some Nexus 4 users will have to perform a factory reset to get the phone back to normal. Only those with prior sideloading experience should download and install the update manually.

Nexus 4 users should also avoid trying to “force” the update using the Google Framework Services “trick.” This is not a trick at all and it could potentially wreck havoc on the device. Wait for the OTA or learn how to sideload software early.

Android 5.0.1 Problems

Google’s Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is a bug fixer aimed at squashing some of the initial Android 5.0 problems. Unsurprisingly, we’ve discovered a number of complaints about the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update itself. Most of those complaints come from Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 9 users though as the Nexus 4 update has spread, we’ve started to see complaints from owners of the Nexus 4.

Some users state that the Android 5.0.1 has failed to fix their Android 5.0 problems. Nexus 4 users are also complaining about broken Wi-Fi at the workplace. Google’s Nexus Help Forums include a number of complaints about Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update and we expect complaints to continue as more and more people get outfitted with the new software.

While these problems may not impact the performance of every Nexus 4 user on the planet, there’s reason for Nexus 4 users to play it safe when it comes to Android 5.0.1. We’ve put together some steps to take ahead of the Android 5.0.1 update that should help Nexus 4 users limit Android 5.0.1 Lollipop problems that could pop up on day one or weeks down the road.

Fixes for Android 5.0.1 Problems

We’ve outlined some of the more common Android 5.0.1 problems that have either popped up, or will likely pop up for some Nexus 4 users in the future. These fixes come from years of using Nexus smartphones and tablets and years of installing and using Nexus updates. We’ve also experienced our fair share of Nexus Android problems.

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These fixes for Android 5.0.1 problems aren’t guaranteed to work but they are a good point of reference for those that either have the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 update on board already or are thinking about installing the update at some point down the road. Those that stumble into more isolated issues will need to depend on fellow Nexus users, and perhaps Google, for fixes.

We haven’t heard anything about an Android 5.0.2 update and usually, Google’s second bug fix update arrives month after the initial release. In other words, Nexus 4 users should not be getting their hopes up.