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Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 spotted on Geekbench

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Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 spotted on Geekbench

Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 spotted on Geekbench

Back in December, we told you that Android 5.1 could be introduced in February. While we have seen signs of the update appear now and then, including today's appearance in the Philippines powering up new Android One devices, we might be closer to seeing the update rollout for stock Android powered Nexus models.

Proof of this comes via the Geekbench benchmark website where a Nexus 5 was spotted on Monday with Android 5.1 installed. The update is supposed to bring back the silent mode that was taken away in Android 5.0. Other changes expected include an improved battery life, better RAM management, and improvements in system stability. Issues with 'Okay Google' are removed as are problems with notifications.

Despite the move from Android 5.0 to Android 5.1, no change is expected in the name of the build. In the past, we have seen Google go from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Perhaps with only 26 letters in the alphabet, Google is looking to reserve some letters and desserts for the future. As to when the update will be officially sent to Nexus models, it could be sometime before February comes to an end.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Geekbench, TechTastic.nl (translated)

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posted on 17 Feb 2015, 13:21

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

I hope my phone is updated soon. Sick of the notifications bug on 5.0.1. But for that Google needs to announce it.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 14:20 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

The dam memory leak is what I want fixed
I have to reboot every 2 days otherwise my RAM becomes too low
Its my only issue now that Xposed is updated for Lollipop

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 15:32

8. surethom (Posts: 967; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

Same here phone gets so slow & stutters that I have to restart every few days, hope this update will fix the memory problems.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 18:13

20. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Mine doesn't get any slower or stutter
Apps just have to reload all the time

And when its really bad, 3-4 days since rebooting, youtube can't play in the background, it just gets killed off

But if I leave it for like 5+ days then even music can't play in the background and then it starts lagging

Easy temp fix, but still annoying having to reboot every 2 days

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 14:57

5. Professor (Posts: 223; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

The notification problem is the only thing that is driving me crazy in my Nexus 4and my Nexus 5 phones (both running ver 5.0.1). The problem of no way to put the phone in silent mode is bad too, but at least it goes to vibrate mode.

I don't have any other problem. In fact, I noticed drastically improved battery life, drastically improved speed & response, and (strange) more space available after the update.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 15:17

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

It's in these times i come to think of it, is having a Nexus and getting the updates first that benefitial? I have no complaints about bugs on my HTC on Lollipop

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 18:22 1

21. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

True, my brother's 1st gen Moto G doesn't have any major bugs on Lollipop too

But its only really a problem because Lollipop was such a huge jump, e.g. ART, SELunix, new notification and sound systems,...

I think small jumps like, 5.0->5.1, 5.1->5.2 wont have any major bugs
But major jumps like, 5.X->6.0, 6.X->7.0, probably will have some major bugs at first

IMO Lollipop is still worth it since the only major bug/problem for me is the memory leak
Which is easily fixed by rebooting, but its annoying to reboot

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:26 1

15. markt9002 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

IMO, the only real bug on my Nexus 5 I've noticed is the memory leak. There is also a weird isue with hangouts getting "stuck" in the app switcher.

I haven't touched the priority notification settings since I installed the L preview. I'm running cataclysm right now, and it has options to remove heads up notifications and revert to the ticker style notifications, as well as add silent mode. What you're complaining about is not a bug, but simply a different way of delivering notifications. You can revert back to the ticker style by installing xposed as well. Hopefully there is an option in 5.1, because it would be pretty stupid if there wasnt.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 18:10

19. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Same, my Nexus on Lollipop is faster and has better battery life than before on KitKat
Memory leak isn't that bad since I can just reboot it

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 13:23 2

2. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

And still no lollipop for Verizon galaxy note 3 :(

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 13:25

3. LarryPagegoogle12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

i wish google gives the options to apply themes and change icons on google now launcher

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 15:10

6. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

my moto g is slow after updating to android 5.0. Can you someone tell me why is this?

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:12

12. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)

Garbage slow weak Cpu.
Why the he'll is Google using mobile Cpu on a desktop OS platform? Lmfao.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:22 1

13. markt9002 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

Try doing a factory reset. My Moto G runs faster on 5.0.1 than it ever did on 4.4.4.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 15:47

9. ernest2da (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Dec 2014)

Android Lollipop is the dirtiest OS that ever existed. Laggy, because a lot of apps runs at the same time. The main culprit for its lag is cause by Google Services running 5 processes at the same time. I turned off the Location in setting, yet this service still runs it along with Location Manager and others. I have a Nexus 7 tablet and it scrawl like a snail. I have a telephone in my app.?? telephone Data..?? mobilke data..?? and its a tablet. What is going with this OS. They have not clean up the OS. Tablet and Phone apps are both in the device. Besides, Google wearables services runs all the time even my Nexus 7 is not connected to any device. Google, please clean up your garbage OS for Tablets and Smartphone.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:10

11. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)

Don't blame Google for this. Android is a desktop OS, which is runed by a mobile Cpu. You should take your complaints to Phone Oems, which are using garbage slow Cpu on thier phones. I run Android and Ubuntu on my laptop, which has a iNtel i3, no matter how many apps I have installed, it runs super smooth. Let's not talk about the Intel i7. Which will run super fast, not super smooth.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:23 2

14. markt9002 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

What? Android was never intended to be a desktop OS. Although, it isn't exactly horrible as a desktop.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:30 1

17. markt9002 (Posts: 13; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

If you're talking about the 2012 Nexus 7, it's because of the slow and bad NAND that Asus used. It has nothing at all to do with the OS. Lollipop is running smoothly on devices from 2011.

If you do indeed have the 2012 Nexus 7, your only option is to install a ROM that supports the F2FS filesystem, and format the /data and /cache partitions as f2fs instead of ext4. Once you do that you'll notice the performance is significatly better. It's a real shame Asus decided to cheap out on crappy NAND to cripple the device, but it's not the fault of Android.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 15:52

10. ernest2da (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Dec 2014)

Yes Google just dump the OS as it is during release without cleaning up the mess. Telephone functions app should not be included in the Tablet and Tablet function app should not be in the Smartphone. I thought Pichai is smart.. He is one of dumb pre-occupied dummy at the Google without examining the OS they were about to release.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 16:29 1

16. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


I hope OEMS manage to pick this update before May :).. Let's say it would be nice to see Galaxy S6 bring this!

Or even the other flagships that come out in this upcoming quarter.

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 17:21 3

18. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 311; Member since: 13 May 2014)

I want to see how fast will Sammy bring 5.1 with the new touchwiz to S5 and Note 4.

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