Nexus 5 receives OTA update 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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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. waddup121 unregistered

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

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014


3. Elfmonster unregistered

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

4. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

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?

21. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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...

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

7. tyger11

Posts: 292; Member since: Oct 29, 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!

15. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

9. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

My Note 3 still stuck on 4.4.2,damn you samsung

10. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

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

11. gszpam

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 19, 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...

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

18. gszpam

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

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

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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

16. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

22. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

17. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Can't wait for mine to get the update.

20. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

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