Rollouts are now firing up in a big way for the Android 5.1 Lollipop release for Google’s previous-generation flagship, the Nexus 5. This comes close to one month after Android 5.1 had first made its way to the LG-manufactured Nexus 5.
Here’s a bit of a historical perspective to help underscore the importance of this software upgrade for Nexus 5 users. It was in March when Google first announced Android 5.1 Lollipop, the first major update for the Lollipop platform and one that came after the smaller Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2. Android 5.1, as a reminder, is a bug squasher update that also improves on some existing software features, and it has since made its way to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 from the 2012 model year, the Nexus 6, the Nexus Player, and the Nexus 5.
And now that we’re back to the present, it would appears that Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 is finally rolling out in earnest for owners of the year-and-a-half-old former flagship phone.
So where do Nexus 5 owners go from here? According to a report from Gotta Be Mobile, the build that’s currently rolling out is LMY47I, a newer build than the one that had arrived for select Nexus 5 owners last month. It comes with “small fixes, including one for SIM cards” to differentiate it from older builds. Feedback at the moment has been mixed, with some reporting positive changes, but others claiming that it hasn’t done a thing about battery life, Bluetooth, charging, random reboots and crashes, and other issues. The update weighs in at 220.7 MB, which is fairly large for a software update, so you’ll have to be patient should you receive a notification that it’s available for your Nexus 5 handset.
And speaking of patience, that’s one thing you really will need, because Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 will, as always, be rolling out in stages. That means it could take a couple weeks for some users; you can feel free to manually check for updates on your Nexus 5’s settings, but that’s not going to expedite things any. Yes, it’s a necessary evil in the world of software updates, mainly because it gives Google a better chance to make sure that the update is as stable as possible.