Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release delivers new features, bug fixes, and a brand new look to owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. However, it looks like the update is also delivering various Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop problems to those that have made the move from Android 4.4 KitKat to Google’s brand new operating system.
In October, Google announced a number of brand new Android 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.”
Earlier this week, Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date arrived for owners of several Nexus variants including the Nexus 5, 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 now also looks like the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop update is troubling Nexus users.
Nexus Android update bugs aren’t anything new. Android software bugs have plagued Nexus smartphones and tablets for years. Last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat update, for instance, delivered a number of issues, many of which persisted into this week’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s change log is extensive and it fixes some lingering Android 4.4 KitKat issues but Nexus users are saying that it has brought some problems of its own.
Google’s Nexus forums are typically a flashpoint for Nexus users dealing with Android issues and we’re starting to see users complain about an assortment of issues after making the move from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop. We should note that we’re not yet seeing the same volume that we saw with last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat update which could be a product of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update itself or the fact that the Android 5.0 update is pushing out extremely slow to Nexus users. Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE owners have yet to get the update.
Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 users are detailing a number of potential problems with the update and they range from issues with cellular data to Wi-Fi to noticeable lag and sluggishness after the update. Nexus users are complaining about broken Wi-Fi connections, users are experiencing abnormal crashes when plugged into a charger, lag after installing apps that require a log in, various issues with cellular data, corrupted data after installing the software, a number of issues with Exchange service, and Nexus 9 users are complaining about an odd error message after trying to install the bug fix update.
Fortunately, many of these issues come with possible fixes. Nexus users experiencing odd sluggishness and lag have shut off the Google Now Launcher and it seems to have improved overall speed. Moderators have also relayed a possible fix from Google telling Nexus users to clear their recovery cache partition to see if it helps performance. Those dealing with Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop problems right off the bat would be wise to monitor Google’s Nexus Product Forums because they are typically full of potential fixes for early issues.
We haven’t run into any major Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop problems ourselves though Android bugs have a habit of lurking in the shadows for a day or two after the initial release.
We should note that many Nexus users experiencing Android 5.0 Lollipop issues are flashing manually instead of waiting for the OTA to roll out. Those who aren’t familiar with the sideloading process are encouraged to wait for the OTA update. Manually flashing can have untold effects on the stability of Google’s Android operating system and often, users experiencing issues will need to perform a factory reset to get back to peak performance.
As the Android 5.0 Lollipop update continues to roll out, we’ll more than likely hear about more Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. Nexus users will, for the moment, need to rely on the community for fixes because Google has not yet announced a bug fix update for its new update. That doesn’t mean that one won’t arrive in the future though.
AndroidWorld’s spotted a potential Android 5.1 release lurking about though without a confirmation from Google, it remains unconfirmed. Google historically has rolled out fairly swift bug fix updates to alleviate initial issues with major software upgrades but the company rarely announces them ahead of time which means that for now, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users dealing with Android 5.0 problems will be on their own.
Google still owes Nexus users several more Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. The Nexus 4 Lollipop update is set to arrive sometime in the near future with Nexus 7 LTE and Google Play Edition updates scheduled for arrival down the road as well.
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