This morning Google finally announced the highly anticipated Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update over on Twitter and Google+, the first big update for the tablet in over 5 months. Google’s tablet was the only Nexus that wasn’t on 5.1, but now it’s finally here.
Earlier this week a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update arrived as an over the air update, and it had millions of owners frustrated. Most devices received 5.0.2 back in November, and even the 2012 Nexus 7 is already on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, yet Google’s latest flagship tablet was just now getting it.
This week news arrived that the Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was in the final testing phases and could arrive soon, and now it’s finally here. Starting today Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is headed to the Nexus 9. Read on for more details.
This device has been the only one that hasn’t received updates to Android 5.0.2, or Android 5.1 Lollipop like the others, but now it’s finally catching up to the rest. It was released back in November and released a day-one update to Android 5.0.1 to fix some bugs, but that’s the last update it ever received. All while every other Nexus device released over the past few years has received at least two Lollipop updates.
Over on Twitter Google confirmed Android 5.1 Lollipop was on the way, but for those wondering, it will actually be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Something Google revealed in their Google+ announcement. It’s very rare for Google to announce updates, let alone for a single device, so this is likely a move to make all those frustrated owners happy after pushing out 5.0.2 a few days ago.
— Nexus (@googlenexus) May 7, 2015
That being said, Google could have pushed out the Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to fix a few bugs and prepare the device for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, the main software update aimed at fixing all of the bugs, integrating new features from 5.1, and solving many of the performance problems and issues that have plagued the Nexus 9. That seems to be the case, because now just a few days later Android 5.1.1 is here and rolling out now.
Those with a Nexus 9 can expect a small 23.3MB update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to arrive any day now, which shouldn’t take long to complete. Then a bigger update all the way to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop should follow behind it. Google stated the update will start arriving today, but that doesn’t mean all owners will see it this afternoon.
Typically updates are slow and staggered, and can often times take a few days, to nearly two weeks to arrive for all smartphone or tablet owners. This means that if your Nexus 9 doesn’t get updated to Android 5.1.1 today, or even tomorrow, have patience as it’s coming soon.
We can also expect Google to release factory images of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 in the near future. Once that happens owners can flash the factory image rather than waiting for the over the air update by following these steps.
Users can head into settings > about tablet > and check for updates to manually pull the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 9, or just wait for the over the air notification to arrive in the coming days.