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Nexus 5 receives OTA update to Android 5.1

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The Nexus 5 is updated to Android 5.1

The Nexus 5 is updated to Android 5.1

One of our loyal readers has informed us that his Nexus 5 has been updated to Android 5.1. This isn't terribly shocking considering that Google had already released the Android 5.1 Factory Image for the LG produced stock Android phone. We actually got our first look at the Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 all the way back in November at the Devoxx Conference in the Netherlands. Last month, an Android 5.1 powered Nexus 5 was seen going through the Geekbench Benchmark site.

Recently Android 5.1 was sent out to the stock Android Nexus 6 phablet manufactured by Motorola. Based on that update, Nexus 5 owners should expect their handset to be better protected if lost or stolen. Devices suffering from that fate will remain locked until the rightful owner signs in with his or her Google account info, even if the device has been factory reset.

Other changes include longer battery life and improvements to the 64-bit ART runtime compiler, which should allow apps to open faster. RAM management will be better and issues with "Okay Google" are fixed. System stability will show improvement.

If you do own the Nexus 5, you should expect the OTA update to hit your device shortly. It weighs in at 220.7MB so you might want to be on a Wi-Fi network when downloading and installing it. And make sure your battery is at least 50% charged. If you're the impatient type, you can always flash the Factory Image.

Thanks for the tip, Ryan!

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posted on 18 Mar 2015, 23:16 2

1. waddup121 (unregistered)


I already have 5.1 on my N4. woooooo gotta love ports!

posted on 18 Mar 2015, 23:23

2. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Nifty

posted on 18 Mar 2015, 23:27 1

3. Elfmonster (Posts: 429; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)


My Nexus 7 2012 got the latest update just a few hours ago.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 01:13 2

4. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I got mine last week Ota it's awesome on the Nexus 5! Battery life and performance up a lot. Unlike certain other premium brands that bog down the phone with every update.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 01:22

5. quyenqchau0813 (unregistered)


Got mine yesterday, so far so good.
Anyway notices the 2 extra vibration when you swipe up from the on screen home button?

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 22:44

21. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I noticed the 2 vibrations also when trying to go to silent mode. Which by the way still don't exist. Just vibrate mode...

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 01:41

6. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Sooo... I guess this means I should've sent in a tip last week when my N5 got the OTA update, huh...

No homescreen redraw bug yet!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 02:09

8. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I flashed the factory image last week
Haven't rebooted since, no homescreen redraws yet!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 01:46 1

7. tyger11 (Posts: 135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I got my update last night. Right after update, the phone was WAY slow. I rebooted, same thing. When I woke up this morning, it's super-fast! Like, noticeably snappier than with 5.0.1. So, yay!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 09:35

15. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yeah I notice when I get a system update it seems like it is doing a lot of stuff in the background so I just update right before bed and when I wake up everything is fine.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 02:21

9. JonathanAlexander7 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


My Note 3 still stuck on 4.4.2,damn you samsung

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 02:37

10. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Heey where is the update for Nexus 4!!??!!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 04:08

11. gszpam (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


I can't fckin understand LG.
G2 was announced about that time when N5 and it has nearly the same HW. How come that the G2 (int. fact. free) didn't received yet even the 5.0?
I should have bought a N5 that time...

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 07:33 1

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3722; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


So what you're saying is that you don't understand how Android updates work. The N5 is a Nexus device. The updates come directly from Google, not LG. The G2 is a skinned Android device. This means that LG has outfitted the device with enhancements over the stock Android interface. It takes more time for a manufacturer to update skinned devices because they have to update the enhancements as well & optimize them properly. Also, in some cases (the U.S. mostly), the carrier will add their own enhancements (bloatware) as well. This process can take many months, if not longer.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 11:15

18. gszpam (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


I know all this s**t, Sherlock... My thought was about something else

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 11:20

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3722; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Haha. Sure it was. If you knew all this & you were looking for fast updates, you would have went for the N5. It's obvious that you were thinking about something else at the time.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 07:06

12. jellmoo (Posts: 1528; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Got the OTA a few days ago. No noticeable improvements. Battery life is still weak and I'm still seeing the memory leaks that forces me to reboot on a daily basis. Other than a change in version number, there is nothing appreciably different I've noticed.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 08:20

14. tokuzumi (Posts: 946; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Wife's Nexus 10 got the update last night. Nothing on my Nexus 4/5/7 (first and second gen) yet.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 09:39

16. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


My N5 was updated a couple of days ago, but a colleague's was updated late last week. Though no update for my 2013 N7 yet.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 10:22

22. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


After reading about 5.1 restoring life to the 2012 N7, I tried powering on my old N7 and it got updated to 5.1. I'll see if it's usable again, because Lollipop made it utterly unusable, as in loading a webpage or switching apps taking dozens of seconds.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 10:48

17. Tuxedo (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Can't wait for mine to get the update.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 22:41

20. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I received the 5.1 OTA for my Nexus 5 on Monday (3/16/15)...

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