Google’s new Android 5.1.1 update is finally starting to pick up steam as new Android 5.1.1 release details have landed for owners of the Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 2013 and Nexus 10.
Last month, Google confirmed plans to roll out an Android 5.1.1 update, a small bug fixer aimed at lingering Android 5.0 Lollipop problems. The company didn’t roll out the red carpet or issue an announcement. Instead, the company confirmed the update’s presence with a roll out for the Nexus Player. Today, the Nexus Player Android 5.1.1 update has finally been joined by several new Android 5.1.1 updates.
Google has finally confirmed Android 5.1.1 updates for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The company has posted factory images for the Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi, the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi, and the Nexus 10. All of the updates feature Google’s LMY47V build and all three of them are expected to feature the bug fixes that were confirmed last month.
Android 5.1.1 isn’t a huge update, just a shade over 13MB in size, but it should alleviate some of the issues that have been plaguing Nexus users in the weeks after the Android 5.1 update’s arrival.
As of right now, the Nexus 10 Android 5.1.1 update appears to be the only firmware rolling out Over-the-Air. The Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Android 5.1.1 updates will likely start rolling out soon given their presence in the AOSP. OTAs tend to start shortly after Google posts the factory images in the Android Open Source Project.
Google’s new Android 5.1.1 releases probably won’t finish up anytime soon. The company is well known for its long drawn out roll out process and this trio of Android 5.1.1 updates will probably take a week or more to complete. Google’s Android roll outs are random and unpredictable and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users need only to check a couple of times a day for the update. Once it’s available, the update will prompt the download and installation process.
With the Android 5.1.1 release picking up steam, it should only be a matter of time before Google pushes out Android 5.1.1 updates for some of its other Nexus devices. The company has all but confirmed Android 5.1.1 updates for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update in particular is expected to fix at least one glaring problem.
Nexus 5 users have been complaining about a faulty camera application. According to some owners, the stock camera app crashes when third-party applications like Facebook attempt to access it. Google’s included a fix for the problem in the Android 5.1.1 update though again, it’s still not clear when the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update will roll out. Google tends to slow roll its upgrades so it could be days or even weeks before we see it issued.
Android 5.1.1 updates for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6 remain unconfirmed though there is a good chance that Google shoots this new update out to all Nexus users given the caliber of the bug fixes on board. Nexus users of all shapes and sizes have been complaining about problems for several weeks and Google’s clearly looking to stabilize the software as we push deeper into the year.
Owners of Google’s other Nexus smartphones and tablets will want to keep an eye on the company’s AOSP for release details. It’s clear that Google won’t be announcing each individual upgrade. Instead, it will let its OTAs and factory images do all of the talking for it.
It’s not clear if Google plans to roll out any more Android 5.0 Lollipop updates between now and the arrival of its next major Android upgrade. It’s not clear what’s next for Nexus users but with Google I/O just a few short weeks away, we could find out about the future sooner rather than later. Google I/O 2015 kicks off on May 28th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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