5 Reasons Not to Install Android 5.0 Right Now (Nexus)

Google is rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 and thanks to its laundry list of features and fixes, the update is an extremely enticing upgrade for Nexus users. That said, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider holding off on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, at least for right now, if you own a Nexus smartphone or tablet.

A month ago, Google announced a number of new products including a Nexus 6 smartphone from Motorola, a Nexus 9 tablet from HTC, and an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. It also confirmed Android 5.0 Lollipop for its stable of Google Play Edition devices. At the time, the company said that the updates would begin rolling out in the “coming weeks” though it did not outline any specific information.


Earlier this month, Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date arrived for select Nexus users including owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7. The update, one of the biggest in the history of the Android operating system, takes Nexus users from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and it delivers a number of new features including the update’s new Material Design.

It’s a significant update to the Android operating system and one that we, and many others, have been enjoying. After spending some time with Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update and after surveying the landscape after the initial smoke has cleared, we’ve come up with a list of reasons why you might not want to install the update today. These won’t apply to everyone and ultimately, it’ll be up to you to make the decision about when to install Android 5.0 Lollipop.

You Own a Nexus 7 2013

If you own a Nexus 7 2013, you might want to hold off on installing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Android Police notes that several Nexus 7 2013 variants, including one of their own, are exhibiting video playback problems after installing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on board. The Nexus 7 is a device that’s built for watching content so this issue is going to be pretty devastating to many Nexus 7 2013 users.


At the moment, there is no permanent fix and it looks like it might take an Android 5.1 or Android 5.0.1 update to fix this extremely annoying issue on board the Nexus 7 2013. So far, this is the biggest Android 5.0 bug that’s been discovered and it’s a good reason to hold off on the update, at least for now. It’s not clear when Google plans to roll out a bug fixer but we tend to see at least one roll out a few weeks after the first public release.

If you’re already on Android 5.0 Lollipop, you can try powering your device off and on to see if a power cycle solves it. It’s also worth clearing your cache. Just keep in mind, the problem is likely to come back and haunt you while you’re watching video content on apps like YouTube.

Other Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

That isn’t the only problem plaguing Nexus users either. While that might be the biggest issue discovered to date, we’ve pointed out a number of other issues that are affecting Nexus users across the board. Most of these issues are small and isolated but we expect the number of complaints to grow as more and more people get Android 5.0 Lollipop on board.


If you’re having a stable Android 4.4 KitKat experience on your Nexus smartphone or tablet right now, and you don’t want to deal with potential bugs, you might want to hold out for a few days and see if things settle down a little bit. Again, there’s also a chance that Google rolls out a quick bug fixer to eliminate some of the more problematic issues on board Android 5.0 Lollipop.

You Don’t Know How to Sideload

If you haven’t seen the OTA update arrive just yet and you don’t know how to sideload software, take our word for it and skip the Android 5.0 Lollipop update right now.

We’ve heard from plenty of people who are growing impatient with Google’s slow Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA process. It’s been going on for a few days now and many Nexus users are still on Android 4.4 KitKat. This has prompted many users to download the files directly and attempt to sideload the software on board their device.


As we’ve noted, this method is the root of many of these initial Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. People sideloading that have no business doing so. As we’ve noted many times in the past, you should only go this route if you’ve done it, with success, in the past. Everyone else should simply wait for the OTA upgrade to arrive before installing the update. So if you’re not seeing the OTA just yet, do not install Android 5.0 Lollipop.

You’re Not at Home

If you are traveling, hold off on installing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Again, we’ve heard about manual installation issues and we’ve heard about issues popping up after the installation process is complete. Your Nexus phone or tablet probably won’t brick during the process but there’s a chance that important files or for a business trip of vacation could get lost in shuffle.


The installing of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates should be done from home base where you have access to all of your files, all of your passwords, everything you might need in case something does go wrong during the installation or after the update is installed. Who knows, you might get Android 5.0 Lollipop on board and immediately have to perform a factory reset.

You do not want to have that kind of stress while traveling so if you’re having a good experience, let Android 4.4 KitKat or whatever it is that you’re running ride until you get home.

You Haven’t Prepared

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a massive update and it’s an update that we think requires some preparation. Those that prepare for Android updates typically come out of the installation process unscathed. Prior to Android 5.0’s arrival, we took our own advice and our experience with the update has been, for the most part, outstanding. That’s credit to Google and credit to the work that we did in the days before it’s release.


If you’re not sure what to do, we’ve got you covered. We outlined several things to do before upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You don’t have to follow every single tip but we highly recommend doing at least a few of these before installing Android 5.0. It’s going to make everything a whole lot easier for you, trust us. Do not install Android 5.0 Lollipop right now if you are not prepared for it. It’s a much larger update than Android 4.4. In fact, it’s probably going to be the biggest update you’ve ever installed. Don’t slack.