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.

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source: Geekbench, (translated)

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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 32GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



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.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 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

8. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 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

5. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 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

15. markt9002

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 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

2. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

And still no lollipop for Verizon galaxy note 3 :(

3. LarryPagegoogle12

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

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

6. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

12. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

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

13. markt9002

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

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

9. ernest2da

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

11. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 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.

14. markt9002

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

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

17. markt9002

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

10. ernest2da

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

16. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Hmm.. 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.

18. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 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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