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Wi-Fi bug affects Android 5.0 users

Wi-Fi bug affects Android 5.0 users
A mysterious Wi-Fi bug is affecting those using a device powered by the latest build of Google's open source OS. Reports have been coming into the developer-preview website, starting with a Nexus 5 that had trouble hooking up to a Wi-Fi signal. Since the original complaint, developers with the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 9 have written in about a failed Wi-Fi connection.

This is the second major issue that has affected Android 5.0. Earlier this month, those using Wi-Fi on an Android 5.0 powered handset, experienced a major battery drain. The battery was being drained by an abnormally high number of screen wake ups that would take place when Wi-Fi was in use. Thankfully, this bug has been exterminated.

Android 5.0 is currently being pushed out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10.  If the Wi-Fi bug is affecting your Lollipop powered handset or tablet, drop us a comment in the box below.

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source: GoogleCode

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posted on 13 Nov 2014, 11:46

1. mikewillz (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Don't have the update yet. Nexus 5

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:32 1

7. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


If you have the one with KTU84P,you can update it now with the OTA zip file.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:58

14. tabbas97 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


Can't get you

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:15 1

17. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


http://www.androidbeat.com/2014/11/manually-update-nexus-5-android-5-0-lollipop/

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 17:22 2

31. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


A very fortunate for you, fanboy always quarrel whoever get software update 1st win. But they failed to realize they're used as early adapter aka white mouse.

Never a fans of software update as long as my phone has good camera, long lasting battery life, powerful chip to run every compatible apps. And most important it's bug-free.

Many people still love their jellybean phone

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 20:59

39. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


True. I also don't do quick release updates unless OS is polished from major bugs.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 23:37

55. Fuckchinashit (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


Hey China piece of s**t fan, why don't you just f**k yourself with chinna garbage phone?

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 18:55

50. lboy100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


I unfortunately can't connect to my local wifi don't know how to fix this! Please help

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 11:46

2. KevinJay (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Haven't receive 5.0 on my Nexus 5, yet.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 11:57

3. surethom (Posts: 673; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Not been pushed out to the UK yet.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 11:57 2

4. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I dont have the update yet, but I can tell you this, with the already atrocious battery life of the Nexus 5, having got better a while back and now worse again, I am not looking forward to Android 5.0 updates.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 14:33 1

26. vincelongman (Posts: 4424; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Your Nexus 5 must be defective, try RMA it

I and others with the Nexus 5 get a decent 3-4 hours SOT
Even with the miscellaneous bug on 5.0 I was getting 3-4 hours SOT
Now without the miscellaneous bug I'm probably getting 4-5 hours SOT

Not the best, but far from terrible

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 07:48

46. JunitoNH (Posts: 1775; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Historically nexus devices always had poor battery. However, once you install the new os image, due a factory reset. Just remember to back up all your important data.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:20 2

5. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I installed the factory image yesterday and I haven't had any problems connecting to Wifi.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 14:47

27. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


So far same here. Only connect to WiFi at work during the initial setup while all my apps were re-downloading. Will try at home and see if there are any issues but I normally just use cellular data unless I'm downloading a large file or video.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:21

6. roozbeh101 (Posts: 93; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


yet...

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:33 1

8. Tziggy14 (Posts: 443; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


This is why Google does not roll out updates to all users at once like Apple does. It's bugs like this that can be more easily caught and fixed before more users will get them.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:44 1

9. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Once they start, they will continue with the updates even if there are a few bugs so it's of no use anyway.
They should have a toggle in the developer options for those who want the updates first(with a warning that they could be buggy).

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:48 4

11. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Agreed, just like Windows phone devices...

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:17 1

18. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


No they won't. They've stopped rollouts several times in the past. Those who want to be updated first do not wait for the OTA, but use the factory image, so there's already a way to bypass the gradual rollout if you want. Of course, if you do it, you'll more likely find a bug, while if you wait you could be one pf the unlucky testers who will help discover the bug or get the update when he bug has been fixed.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:25

19. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


They don't have to lose their warranty and waste their time installing the factory images if they get such an option.....and when did google stop ota updates after the rollout began? There were bug reports for each and every version of kitkat but they never stopped the rollouts, they just worked on a newer version after updating.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:50 1

24. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Never stopped? They delayed the rollout of 5.0 already by a week to try and eliminate bugs. Or how about this, when 4.0 rollout was halted to Nexus owners
"theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2134168/google-paus​es-android-upgrade-nexus"

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 14:57

29. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Flashing factory images on a Nexus does not void your warranty. Not sure why you keep posting that on every story, but it's not true. The bootloader can be locked again just as easily as it can be unlocked. Why would Google post directions on how to unlock the bootloader and flash via Fastboot it it voided the warranty? Maybe you're talking about a specific carrier and I bet their verbiage uses the word "may" void warranty to cover the behind if someone brinks their device flashing images. Thousands of people have processed RMS's through Google for devices that have been ulocked, and rooted.
Above you mentioned a OTA zip. Now that might void your warranty since you'd need a custom recovery to flash a zip file.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:46 2

10. h27_Venom (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 May 2014)


Early adopters always gets screwed..!!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:48 2

12. cobrien2215 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


I have been on the factory image since release yesterday, I havent experienced and problems on WIFI. battery life seems to be jsut the same for me. Nexus 5

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 12:50 1

13. flipjzn (Posts: 256; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


No one is bashing. So peaceful, so calm....... :)

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 18:31 1

34. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I know right!?! I came in the article looking for a fight... it just sorta feels weirdly calm...

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:10

15. Fallin (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Updating now. Will check to see if i have an issue with Wi-Fi.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:15

16. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2889; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Upgraded manually yesterday from the preview to the 'final' version on my Nexus 5. And same as with the preview version, first it doesn't recognize one of my AP's but after 2 or 3 reboots it does and no problem since then. Wifi works like a charm :) Do wonder if it has to do with channels, since the AP works on channel 14 and USA only 'allows' for 1 to 11.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:29 1

20. jove39 (Posts: 1857; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I flashed N5 and N7 with 5.0 factory images...haven't noticed any wifi issue yet!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:34 5

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Just goes to show, no OS is perfect. Google will handle it, you can bet on that.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 18:30 1

33. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


It's not a bug! It's a feature!... alright, I'll shut up. Well, they fixed the other bug in a matter of a couple weeks, this one should get resolved rather quickly I suspect. But you are right, there's always something that needs modification.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:39

22. rubertus (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)


For most already available here hxxps://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images​, :( nexus 4 still waiting...

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 13:47

23. Fallin (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


For me I had to turn wi-fi off and back on and no issues now.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 14:33 1

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


You know what Google sucks they couldn't make an OS that works until now.That is really messed up. My nexus 4 is stil waiting for the update and there are no factory images.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 15:51 1

30. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


The 5 replaced the 4, Google never said anything about the 4 getting the update along with the 5, 7 and 10. Pump your brakes buddy and actually look for the correct channels before complaining.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 14:51

28. draygomirem (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


My wifi is ALWAYS On. All the settings are "unchek". I turned off the Phone and i connected to the charger, after a 15 minutes, in battery screen graph, wifi appeared on!
WTF. The phone was off.

Everything works great!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 17:28

32. danny_hdz (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


Manually flashed 5.0 to my Nexus 5. Having issues connecting to my home WiFi. However, if I try to connect to a mobile hot spot, there's no issue. This is ridiculous, but I'd rather have WiFi issues than battery issues!

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 19:04 1

35. DocOc78 (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


I don't really understand these bugs on the OS updates. I'm assuming the new OS has been tested a million times prior to the rollout on the same phones that people have. How are these bugs not caught before the rollout? Where's the quality assurance? Why not get all the kinks worked out before they roll it out to everyone?

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 01:16

43. Anarchistcowboy (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


As a developer you learn that every time you fix a bug or change a piece of code it has a good possibility to break another piece of code so no matter how many times it has been tested and fixed new bugs will keep popping up it's just the nature of programming

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 19:48

36. LoveHater (Posts: 176; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i tipped u phonearena,, and u didn't even menationed a thanks ,,,,,,

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 20:22

37. saratew (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


I flashed my phone with the latest factory image. Frankly, the visual and smoothness of the Lollipop is so good. Anyway, I can connect my nexus 5 to my home's AP but not to my any of company's.
Note I am in Japan and I think that would cause the problem.
Maybe, I would go back to 4.4 after getting full with 5.0 and hang around there for a while until an official OTA update comes.

posted on 13 Nov 2014, 20:46 1

38. buddah (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


I updated my phone today as I could not get the OTA I did it manually. Come to find out that I too have the wifi issue it drops constantly on my home AP and it happens weather or not I have the cellular network switch on or off. I use to have a similar problem with my old G2X on Tmobile.
To the poster above "techspace" there no bug warning but there is a way to report the bug through 5.0 "Settings - about phone - Send feedback about device" Ive sent 2 so far 1 Wifi issues and 2 very slow to auto rotate issue in certain apps.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 19:02

51. lboy100 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Yep! I too have the same problem as most people. Hope it get's fixed soon! And if any of you finds a way to fix this problem please do share ! :)

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 00:01

40. manmeetb (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


I too flashed my Nexus 5 with Android Lollipop factory image but the WIFI issue still exists.

I am able to connect to my home WIFI network, but not able to connect to my office WIFI.

I was able to connect to my office WIFI with the same phone on Kitkat.

When I try to connect to my office WIFI it just says "Saved" and does not connect!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 00:40

41. vazzzz (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 May 2014)


In order to avoid any bugs, just delete your system cache after the update. I still haven't received 5.0, but I remember I had some bugs after 4.4.3. Then I just deleted my system cache and voila! It worked. Just google it

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 00:51

42. buddah (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


IM sure others as well as Myself have tried that to no avail. I even did A factory reset of 5.0 after the initial 5.0 setup was complete still no change. With a previous version of android that resolved a number of issues however not in this case. I really don't want to Flash back to 4.4.4 so I'l give it some time and play with 5.0. Im almost sure google will releases a fix in a week or so.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 04:40

44. vazzzz (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Too bad system cache clean didn't work out. I'm waiting for OTA update, but probably I'll not install it until Google fixes the wifi issue. So we are waiting for the new 5.1 :)

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 06:20

45. heatwave1337 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


I still haven't gotten the update for nexus 4.

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 08:17

47. berypapa (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


As i see there is a option in 5.0 for Wi-Fi scannig when the Wi-Fi is turned off. On LG G3 at the first start you can uncheck the check box for that, or go to Setting - Wi-Fi - Advenced Wi-Fi - Allow Wi-Fi scanning (Let Google' location service and other apps scan for networks, even when Wi-Fi is off) unceck the check box. And there is no Wi-Fi bug and battery drain (for me).

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 09:10

48. ADDMT (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


My Nexus 5 just update from OTA to Android 5.0. And my phone has problem with wifi, cannot connect wifi easily. When I choose Settings > Wifi, a black screen appears and message "Settings is not responding" comes later. I try to turn off and turn on again but not ok. :((

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 16:02

49. NexusFan (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


So I flashed the new lollipop 5.0 on my Nexus 5 and must say visually its great but its full of bugs and feels laggy compared with KitKat... The Wifi problems is still there, it shows that I am connected but shows an error and runs off my LTE.... Must say in general very disappointed with lollipop or maybe google just over sold it how great it would be... As for project Volta hmm sure you guys worked on it?? Seeing no significant diffrence in battery life... And this comes from a customer that had to import a nexus 5 to his country, because its not sold here... Really dissapointed in google for this one....

posted on 14 Nov 2014, 19:50

52. shubhankar (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


My wifi was connected but it wasn't working. I had cellular data switched on parallely. Switch off the cellular data connection and check if your wifi is working. It worked for me.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 10:28

53. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Remember "Should of got a v-8"? Now it is "Should of got an iPhone".

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 12:38

54. sama4rem (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


I'v just flashed Lollipop on Nexus 4 , It is really great visually and smooth , just noticed my Wifi connection is slower than it used to be on KitKat . The speed is fine on my laptop, seems like there are some bugs as others reporting failed wifi connection on their phoes after updating to 5.0 .

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 16:42

56. Trebhugh (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


I just updated my nexus 10 to lollipop and it has killed the WiFi, barely able to load Google searches, have tried deleted various caches, and a factory reset, bit to no avail, it's basically made my tablet useless, and since the nexus 10 isn't nearly as popular I doubt I'll get a fix for ages, and even then how the hell am I going to download it??.. Looks like it may have to be an Ipad for Christmas...

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 17:15

57. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You created an account 37 minutes ago and this is the first thing you post? I'll take what you say with a grain of salt.

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 17:58

58. Trebhugh (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


Pinch* I created an account to see if anyone knew anything to help me, thanks for being so welcoming

posted on 16 Nov 2014, 18:04

59. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, have you attempted any f the suggested fixes in the comments? A couple people have expressed that they have had this issue, and they said what steps they took to enable wifi.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:56

60. gator101 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


Lolipop upgrade on my Nexus 10 causes very slow WiFi. My WiFi speed has degraded by 80% (i.e. currently I am able to get only 20% of the previously available speed)! I have no network issues and normally have been getting 100 MB/s on this device. Today after the upgrade I am stuck at 20 MB/s.

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