The Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out in full force taking the former flagship from Android 5.1 to Google’s latest Lollipop firmware. The update brings bug fixes though it’s also causing problems for some users. With that in mind, we take a look at these Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 problems.
In April, Google confirmed an Android 5.1.1 update, a follow-up to the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that it started rolling out back in March. Android 5.1.1 isn’t as big as Android 5.1, it’s barely over 15MB, but it comes with some essential bug fixes for owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and others.
Google’s Android 5.1.1 roll out has been extremely slow and it only recently started rolling out to owners of its most popular devices, a list that includes the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update started pushing a few days ago and this week, it has finally started to pick up steam in the Android community. It’s still not available to all Nexus 5 users though it appears that a good portion of its owners have been bumped up to Google’s most current version of Lollipop.
Incremental updates like Android 5.1.1 Lollipop always have the potential to have a huge impact on performance. In some cases, they have a positive impact on performance. In others, negative. While the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update is still new, we’re already hearing about some Android 5.1.1 problems plaguing Nexus 5 users.
With Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 problems swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into Android 5.1.1 problems on your Nexus 5.
Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Problems Plaguing Users
Android Lollipop problems have plagued Nexus 5 users since the original Android 5.0 release back in November. Over time, Google’s worked to correct these issues with a series of Lollipop updates including Android 5.0.1, Android 5.0.2, Android 5.1, and now Android 5.1.1. Each brought its own set of fixes and each brought its own collection of problems.
The Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out slowly but we’re finally starting to see Nexus 5 owners post their feedback about Google’s latest update. And while Android 5.1.1 brings bug fixes for Nexus 5 problems, some owners have run into issues immediately after installing.
— Andrew Jackson (@andrewjackson) May 28, 2015
Nexus 5 owners are complaining about problems with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, issues during the boot up phase, battery life problems, charging issues, problems with various applications including Gmail, data connection issues, odd problems with contacts and messages, random reboots, and more. These are just the tip of the iceberg and Google’s forums and other Android-centric forums feature a number of complaints about Google’s latest update.
It’s important to point out that most of these Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 problems are isolated issues, at least for the time being. There are a few, battery drain in particular, that seem to be affecting more than a few people but it typically takes a few days for battery life to settle.
We point these Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 problems out for a few reasons. One, we want to generate discussion because discussion always leads to potential fixes. And two, as a reminder.
Nexus 5 users need to be cautious when it comes to Android updates, even small ones like Android 5.1.1. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these Android releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can lower the risk with a little preparation.
Not Everyone is Having Problems
We’ve installed the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update on two Nexus 5 variants. We’ve been using the update for a few days now and so far, the Android 5.1.1 has actually had a positive effect on our Nexus 5 models.
We haven’t run into any noticeable problems with the upgrade and the random reboots and app crashes that were plaguing our phone have dissipated after getting the Android 5.1.1 update on board. The software feels extremely stable, far more stable than Android 5.1.
We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve spent some more time with Android 5.1.1 but so far, the update has been behaving on several Nexus 5 models. That said, you’re going to still want to dig into user feedback before going one way (skipping Android 5.1.1 for now) or the other (installing right now). Our impressions are a good start.
It’s worth noting that Android 5.1.1 appears to solve a number of issues including problems with Android Device Manager. As a reminder, while Google’s Android 5.1.1 change log might be small, the update has the potential to fix problems not listed there.
You Can Downgrade
Those experiencing Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 problems have a few options at their disposal. The first option is a downgrade back to a previous version of Lollipop or even back to KitKat if Android Lollipop isn’t cooperating with the Nexus 5’s hardware.
We’ve put together a handy guide that will take you through the downgrade process. The guide is for Android KitKat but if you can find the appropriate files, it will help with a downgrade back to an older version of Lollipop.
Fixes for Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Problems
We’ve also put together a list of common Android 5.1.1 problems and fixes that will help Nexus 5 users struggling on Android 5.1.1. These fixes cover battery drain issues, problems with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even slow charging issues. There are a great starting point for those that need immediate help.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that most Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.1.1 problems will probably have to rely on third-party fixes for the foreseeable future. Google hasn’t announced an Android 5.1.2 update and we haven’t seen any Android 5.1.2 rumors emerge. That doesn’t mean that an update isn’t coming, it just means that we could be weeks, even months away from a release. It could be that Android M will be the next release for the Nexus 5.
Today at Google I/O 2015, Google announced Android M, a follow-up to Android L (Lollipop). While the public release won’t happen today, Google will release an Android M beta for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9. The beta will provide Nexus 5 users with early access to the new features, and fixes, coming with Android M.
Android M isn’t expected to arrive until August, at the earliest, alongside two new Nexus phones including a brand new Nexus 5 2015 from LG.
Nexus 5 users dealing with Android 5.1.1 problems will need to be extremely proactive in the days, weeks, and perhaps months ahead.
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