Google’s Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is currently rolling out to owners of the aging former flagship and it delivers several bug fixes meant to stabilize the software. With that in mind, we take a look at a few reasons why you might want to think about installing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update when it arrives on your device.
Last month, Google finally started rolling out the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop update it promised to Nexus users back in June. The company started pushing its Android 5.0 Lollipop update to select devices including Google’s Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10.
Android 5.0 Lollipop brought new features to Nexus users but it also delivered a series of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. Nexus users were extremely vocal about the issues plaguing their devices and these issues prompted Google to work behind the scenes to deliver a bug fix update. Earlier this month, Google pushed out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, a bug fix update aimed directly at Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. The update landed for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the Nexus 7 2013 but it skipped the Nexus 7 2012.
Last Friday, Google surprised Nexus 7 2012 users with an Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update release into the AOSP. At the time, the update was a bit mysterious. Over time, the update has revealed itself to be a bug fix update for Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi users. Just a short time ago, Google started pushing out the Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update OTA, delivering bug fixes for Android 5.0 Lollipop problems to those still rocking Google’s aging 7-inch slate.
With the Android 5.0.2 OTA now rolling out, we want to take a look at some reasons why Nexus 7 users might want to consider installing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update right when the update arrives OTA. This will apply to other Nexus devices should the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update spread to other users in the days and weeks ahead.
You’re Dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat Issues
Believe it or not, some Nexus 7 2012 users did not get the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop which means that Android 5.0.2 will be the update that brings Android 5.0 Lollipop’s features. If you are one of these Android 4.4 KitKat users and you’re dealing with Android 4.4 KitKat problems on your Nexus 7 2012, you might want to install Android 5.0.2 today.
Android 5.0 Lollipop brings tons of new features and it also brings fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems. We spoke to a number of Nexus users who saw their various Android 4.4 KitKat update bugs get squashed by the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. So, while there’s no guarantee, there is a good chance that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and its collection of fixes will tackle Android 4.4 KitKat problems on your Nexus 7 2012.
You’re Dealing With Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems
Same goes for those of you that got up to Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Nexus 7 2012. Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a number of bugs to Nexus 7 2012 users. We’ve detailed many of those in the past. Android 5.0.1 will not be coming to the Nexus 7 2012 which means that Android 5.0.2 is the update Nexus 7 2012 users.
We know that the software comes with fixes for storage issues and an issue with alarms. Bug fix updates will also often fix problems that aren’t listed on the change log so Android 5.0.2 could have a positive effect on unlisted Android 5.0 Lollipop problems impacting the Nexus 7 2012.
Google did a fantastic job with Android 5.0.1, it’s very stable on the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 5, so the odds that an updated bug fixer will be just as stable, if not more stable. If you’re dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems, it’s worth considering Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
You Want Better Performance
If you are experiencing terrible performance on Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 5.0 Lollipop, you might want to think about moving to the Android 5.0.2 update right now. Android 5.0.2, for the moment, seems to be performing well. We haven’t seen any major issues on our Nexus 7 2012 and we haven’t seen Nexus 7 2012 users complain about major issues. There is also at least one fix (for storage performance) for performance on board the Nexus 7 2012 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update.
@admillios Sideloaded 5.0.2 to my Nexus 7 2012 a few days ago. MUCH better! I have a usable tablet again!
— Joe Beardsley (@JoeBeardsley) December 27, 2014
We’ve been hearing about some awful Android 5.0 performance on the Nexus 7 and if you’re one of these people struggling, you might want to turn to Google’s latest update. It has the potential to fix some of these issues. If it doesn’t, be sure to check on your third-party apps, your router and your Bluetooth devices. These all have a tendency to cause performance issues.
If you’ve gathered feedback from Google’s forums and Android-centric forums. If you’ve researched potential fixes for Android 5.0.2 problems. If you’ve backed up your files and prepared your device. If you’re familiar with Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you’ve done everything that you can possible do pre-release, go ahead and make your move.
Installing incremental updates like Android 5.0.2 is always a roll of the dice. There’s always a chance than an issue or two will pop up in the days after its arrival. But if you’ve done everything you can possibly do to prepare for the software, and you want to move to Google’s latest version, then all you can really do is install the software and hope that it goes well.
We recommend taking a look at our pre-Android 5.0.2 release tips before installing the update.