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Nexus Android 5.0.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



Google’s new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 brings fixes for some of the Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing those devices. It also appears to deliver some problems of its own and here, we take a look at five things you need to know, right now, about Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems as we push further away from its release.

In November, Google released an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to replace last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. The Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system is a massive change from KitKat and it’s one that Nexus smartphone and tablet users have embraced thanks to the changes to the design and Android’s core set of features.

Android 5.0 Lollipop also delivered problems to Nexus users and over the past few weeks, the company’s issued several Android updates aimed at squashing those Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.

The first was Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, an update it pushed out to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 10, and Nexus 9 users. The Android 5.0.1 update delivered several fixes though, as we pointed out, it also failed to fix every lingering Android 5.0 problem. It also brought some problems of its own.

If you have problems, you should try Android 5.0.2 on the Nexus 7 2012, otherwise you may want to wait.

If you have problems, you should try Android 5.0.2 on the Nexus 7 2012, otherwise you may want to wait.

In the aftermath of the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop release, Google released another Android 5.0 update dubbed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is also a bug fix update though it’s currently far more limited as it has only rolled out to the Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi and the much larger Nexus 10 tablet.

Unsurprisingly, we’re now starting to hear about some of the issues plaguing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users around the country. There’s been quite a bit of chatter about Nexus Lollipop problems and today, we want to sift through that noise and offer you a glimpse at the most important things to know.

This roundup will walk you through what you need to know about these problems, what you can do to prevent Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems and what you need to know about Android 5.0 Lollipop’s future.

Android 5.0.2 Problems Plague Nexus Users

The first thing you need to know is that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems have started to plague some Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 users. We aren’t seeing the same type of volume we saw from the original Android 5.0 Lollipop update but there are reasons for that. The Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update remains limited and it continues to roll out for Nexus users.

Still, even in its early stages, Nexus users are complaining about a number of Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems and Nexus 10 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems. Nexus 7 users are the loudest and they are complaining about a series of perceived Android 5.0.2 problems including Android 5.0.2 Lollipop installation issues, issues with performance, abnormal lag that reportedly makes the device unusable, random freezes and forced restarts, complaints about lag and performance, Wi-Fi issues, and more. These are just the tip of the iceberg and it’s clear that some Nexus users are having problems.

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We’ve noticed performance issues on the Nexus 7 2012. The device exhibits occasional lag. The issue seems to be primarily linked to animations though we’ve seen some general sluggishness when making transitions as well. This isn’t too surprising given the age of the tablet and it’s possible that these problems will subside in the weeks ahead.

We don’t point these Android 5.0.2 issues out to be annoying or mean, we point these out because Nexus users will want to take stock of these issues before installing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

If you’re experiencing relative calm on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or below, you’ll simply want to wait a few days to see if more problems pop up. Minor issues will always emerge but it’s the major issues that you should be worried about. So far, we haven’t seen any on the Nexus 7. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems appear to be isolated at the moment.

Not Everyone Is Dealing With Problems

It’s important to note that not everyone is experiencing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop problems after the update. At least not yet. We’ve heard from a few Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users who claim that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop actually improved their performance over Android 5.0 Lollipop and for the most part, our Android 5.0.2 experience on the Nexus 7 2012 has been outstanding.

We haven’t seen Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users relay a ton about their positive experiences online but that’s probably because the update is still slow moving. We haven’t seen many Nexus 7 2012 complaints pop up and that update has been out for several weeks now, a good sign for Nexus 7 2013 owners and owners of the Nexus 10.

You’ll want to do your research before diving in with the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update if you’re on Android 4.4 or Android 5.0. Ask around, find a forum and gather feedback. Yes, there are issues but many of you are going to come out of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop process unscathed. It just takes a little bit of effort on your part.

Fixes for Nexus Android 5.0.2 Problems

You should know that there are some potential fixes for some of these Android 5.0.2 Lollipop bugs. If you head to the Nexus Help Forum, you’re going to encounter a series of threads dealing with Android 5.0 issues. Many of those threads contain potential fixes for your device. We’ve discovered a number of possible fixes on there over the years and they’re a great place to start.

For most users, the Nexus 7 Lollipop update is worth installing.

We’ve also put together a list of common Android 5.0.2 problems along with fixes for those problems. Keep in mind, those fixes aren’t guaranteed to work for your Android 5.0.2 issues but there’s always a chance that they’ll work or at least get you heading in the right direction. We also have an extensive list of smaller tips that could help improve your performance. Take a look at all of those before slamming the device into a wall.

You Have Options

If you are currently on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop experiencing problems or if you’re on another version of Android thinking about making a move, know that you have options available to you. This is Android after all.

First of all, know that you do not need to install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop right now. In fact, there are some reasons why you might want to skip the update when it arrives. Those of you on older devices like the Nexus 7 2012 will want to consider holding off for the time being, at least until you can get more prepared. Older devices typically run into the most trouble.

If you are on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the experience isn’t up to snuff, you can always flash to another piece of software or a more stable ROM out there in the development community. It’s the gift and the curse of the Nexus program. You’re a guinea pig for Google’s new Android software but you also have access to an unlocked bootloader and a device that’s easily rooted.

If you’re unsure how to flash to another version of Android, hit up this thread. It’s a great starting point for beginners and it will fill in a lot of the questions you might have about the process.

Android 5.1 Update MIA

You Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users also need to know that you’re most likely going to need to rely on these options and temporary fixes for the foreseeable future. Google hasn’t announced an Android 5.0.3 update or an Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Google rarely announces details ahead of time and it’s very rare that we see Google issue rapid fire bug fix updates. At the very least, know you’ll probably be waiting several weeks at the least.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop will reportedly arrive early in the year though the source doesn’t have much of a track record so you should not rely on the update for fixes for your Android 5.0.2 problems. Be proactive. If problems persist, we should see Google roll out at least one more update to shore up issues ahead of its next major release. If not, you could be stuck with third-party fixes.



  1. Chris Aguilar

    01/21/2015 at 8:16 am

    Updating to 5.0 (and subsequently 5.01 and 5.02) has resulted in my Nexus 7 running smoother, with better battery life.

  2. fuzzmello

    01/21/2015 at 8:57 am

    Probably the worst article on this situation on the entire internet. Just terrible, without a single redeeming feature. Somebody get this website am editor.

  3. Flaggy

    01/21/2015 at 2:05 pm

    This article a bit “plagued” with the word, “plagued”. Was beginning to think I’d been teleported back to medieval times, and was in actual danger of contacting the “plague” at several points.

  4. telyami

    01/21/2015 at 6:34 pm

    I still have 4.4.4 on my nexus 7…should I update to 5.0.2?

  5. somfw

    01/22/2015 at 2:56 pm

    Paragraph after paragraph telling us you may or may not experience problems. No details on what these problems are or may be, just ramblings about how you may or may not be effected by these mystery ailments.

    Had to be the worst written article I’ve read in she’s

  6. jack vance

    01/29/2015 at 2:27 pm

    I have 2012 Nex7

    Articl is too wordy and repetitive. I never got 5.0 or 5.1. Got 5.0.2 and downloaded it. The was bout amo ago. I have lots of space available as I have very few apps.

    The article would be much more helpful f it listed specific steps to take under various conditions. I.e. in my case exactly what to do if you have migrated from 4.0.4 to 5.0.2.

    Being referred to other sources for help is a waste of time.

    Im sorry but the article is simply not helpful at all.

    Biggest problems so far are apparent lack of speed, excess pressure needed on alphabet keys, cursor jumping around, spelling correction mistakes, inadvertent switching to Chinese keyboard, and several others.

  7. Heather

    02/05/2015 at 12:49 pm

    Please someone out there help. I ran the new 5.0.2 update and it’s horrible. Does not function. Any ideas??? Please help. It ran just fine before the update.

  8. manivannan

    02/07/2015 at 6:51 am

    I already 5.0.2 lollipop was installed. One of the Most problem come from ringing volume, that men automatically the ringing volume go to down from Maximum (100%) volume. What can I do?

  9. B knott

    02/09/2015 at 1:05 am

    My Nexus 2012 is displaying all of the issues listed above and more! It’s so slow I feel like throwing it in the bin. Even typing this is taking an age as the response is so slow. Will try some of the fixes and just hope they work. If not, its goodbye Android, i’m off to the Apple store.

  10. Bill Allan

    02/10/2015 at 1:43 pm

    Everything you said in the paragraph describing problem are one that I have experienced – Nexus 7 2013. It has ruined my tablet experience. If I could go back one or two iterations I would happily do so.

    Bill Allan, Boston MA

  11. dragonredeyed

    03/23/2015 at 5:21 pm

    I had already left a reply after updating to 5.02 stating it was successful and my 2012 Nexus was back to how it was when I bought it. Take it all back its now the same as the last update. Almost a brick. About time these operating systems are challenged in court not fit for the purpose. Now finally after being Android fan for many years I had enough. I am now going over to the dark side. IPad here I come

  12. Mike Adams

    03/27/2015 at 3:19 pm

    People this write up is absolutely useless. To all android bloggers, please quit posting pointless info that the general public is already aware of. All you are doing is making it even more difficult for android users with issues looking for a fix because bloggers flood the search engines with useless info that has to be sorted thru to find ACTUAL useful info. So before you go posting again, do a quick Google search to make someone else hasn’t already posted the same info that has already been shared. This will help people more and save them time. A free tip for you.

  13. Don Wilson

    04/10/2015 at 7:39 pm

    Just to add here: just (4.09.15) updated to lollipop 5.0.2 on my 2013 nexus 7 from the highest kit kat. I play clash of clans a ton and immediately after the upgrade I have persistent internet connection troubles in the game. Very irritating not quite unplayable but losing an internet connection mid war attack is disastrous and now a live issue, one never once experienced before the update, though immediately experienced after it. Same WiFi connection, at home, its fine, still watch Netflix on my Xbox, surf the web on my macbook air, my moto g playing the game: no problems. F***. Do I seriously have to flash this mother to downgrade?

  14. dhblues

    07/03/2015 at 8:58 pm

    Pretty sure this article was auto-generated. Pretty sure it was. It may not have been, but pretty sure.

  15. Vitorio

    10/24/2015 at 4:57 pm

    I think the biggest problem of all is tha the device manager is no working well.

    When using kitkat I could connect to my Pc using the USB but after Lollipop have been impossible to do.

    Waiting for update!!!!!!

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