On 3 December, Google released 5.0.1 Lollipop update at the official AOSP (Android Open Source Project) page along with factory images (manual downloadable software) to some select Nexus devices. Now reports have indicated the OTA (Over-The-Air) updates are on way.
Technology website Android Geeks have claimed that Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA release is just around the corner.
Considering the previous 5.0 version roll-out process, it is just a matter of hours or couple of days max for OTA process to take-off.
There is no word on the change-log of the new OS update, but it is believed that this new 5.0.1 Lollipop is a software patch to fix some bugs, which were affecting the Nexus devices.
Word on the street was that v5.0.1 would be limited to Nexus tablet PCs, but many tech blogs have opined that new update is certain make their way to smartphones - Nexus 4, 5 and 6 as well.
It has to be noted, soon after the official roll-out of Android 5.0 in mid-November, some Nexus 5 (and Nexus 7 as well) owners had claimed that they were having trouble tethering to Wi-Fi modems, despite entering the authorised password. The Nexus devices are said to show "Connecting", which becomes "Saved", but never connects.
Even Google's project member had acknowledged the issue under the label - 'defect-18035251' and assured to escalate the issue to the developers' team.
Some of them even complained about the bugs in app switcher, which made random apps to pop-up even after exiting it. Second bug in the SMS apps, made message sending disabled in select Nexus 6, 5, 4 and some select Moto X (2014) devices, reported NDTV Gadgets.
Now with the release of new 5.0.1 update, people believe it might fix all the above bugs in the Nexus devices.
As of now, Google has released 5.0.1 Lollipop factory images to three devices - HTC Nexus 9, Asus Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi only model) and Samsung Nexus 10.
Nexus owners, who are not patient enough to wait for the OTA update can flash their devices with official factory images.
Here are the details of the new Lollipop 5.0.1 software update released to Nexus devices:
|Model||Device Type||Software build number and version||Factory images Download link|
|LG Nexus 9 'Volantis'||Wi-Fi||5.0.1 (LRX22C)||Link|
|Asus Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razor'||Wi-Fi||5.0.1 (LRX22C)||Link|
|Samsung Nexus 10 aka 'Mantaray'||Wi-Fi||5.0.1 (LRX22C)||Link|
Note: Google is yet to provide the factory image file to Nexus 6, Nexus 5, cellular versions of Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razorg' and Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasig'. [More Information, HERE]
[Disclaimer: The above procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution or just wait for a day or two to install new software with very less effort via OTA.]
Users, who are still novice to manually side-load factory images, can keep a tab on OTA update notifications on their devices by going to:
Settings >> About Device >> System Updates >> Check now