In April Google confirmed a new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was headed to all Nexus smartphones and tablets, aimed at squashing a few more bugs and improving the Android Lollipop experience, and today that update is arriving for more Nexus 6 users.
At the end of May Google finally started pushing out the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, after most older tablets already received the latest software, but for whatever reason Android 5.1.1 is taking a little longer than the rest of the Nexus 6 updates.
Google’s also recently announced the successor to Android 5.0 Lollipop, currently dubbed Android M, but that won’t be available until the fall. There is an early beta for those interested, linked to above, but the latest stable software is Android 5.1.1, today it’s finally headed to AT&T, and below is more details.
Earlier this month and in late May Google released the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Nexus 6 on Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, but for whatever reason the update is being delayed for AT&T and Verizon. It’s worth noting that the factory images on Google’s site probably works with all variants, but these last updates have been exclusive to carriers, rather than one update for all versions of the Nexus 6 across the US, and around the globe.
This morning though, after weeks of waiting, AT&T and Google are sending the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update out to all owners. It’s a small 81MB update, mainly aimed and fixing a few outstanding bugs, and we’d recommend all users download the latest and greatest software.
The update doesn’t have anything major, but is said to fixed the famed memory leak issue that’s been plaguing users on Lollipop. Nexus 6 owners will get improved performance, better battery life, bugs have been fixed and more, but there’s no changelog available so far.
AT&T actually claims this started on June 11th, but we haven’t received any reports of users receiving the update until this afternoon. It’s worth noting that the AT&T update page does say a WiFi connection is required, so users may want to wait until they’re at work or home to download the newest software update for the Nexus 6 on AT&T.
If you’re jumping straight from Android 5.0.1 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop today you’ll also notice some changes to the notification pulldown bar, and a few other new features that were added in 5.1 Lollipop, which we detailed in the link above.
With Android M now official and coming later this year updates to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop seem minimal, but they’re important to keep the device running smoothly, and to offer the latest security fixes and software improvements. Users are instructed to head into settings > about phone > and check for the latest software. You’ll need a WiFi connection to download the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update on AT&T, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to download, install, and reboot.
Now that the AT&T Nexus 6 is receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, all users in the United States with a Nexus 6 have been updated to the latest version of Android expect for Verizon. That said, we’re hearing an update for those on Verizon will be coming any day now.
We’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update on AT&T, as well as a potential release for the Verizon variant. Drop a comment below if you have any issues after updating to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, or check out this guide for some tips.