Google is pushing the latest version of Android Lollipop OS to the privileged Nexus devices. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is available for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.
Users can download the update via over-the-air or get a clean install by flashing the factory images that Google published Thursday night. The latest update is a minor one but bears great significance as it holds the fix for long-running memory leak issue.
Android 5.1.1 update is available for Nexus 7 2013 and 2012 Wi-Fi editions as well as Nexus 10. Also, those who use Nexus player got lucky with the Android 5.1.1 rollout.
The Android 5.1.1 update weighs 13.9MB and mainly includes improvements, stability and bug fixes to updated devices. But if you are expecting any major changes in the UI or added features, you are sure to be disappointed. The OTA update is the traditional route for software rollout for most users but Google made the factory images available targeting developers and enthusiasts.
Google's developers' forum has a detailed guide to flash the recent factory images on your Nexus devices. Users will need to find the correct file and unzip into the directory. In this case, you will find the Android 5.1.1 update with build number LMY47V on the developer page. Be sure to back up all data before flash new system image on your Nexus devices as it will erase everything.
Follow Google's step-by-step guide to successfully install Android 5.1.1 factory image on your Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.
If you are skeptical about flashing the OS on your phone, you can simply update the device via OTA. It does not require users to back up the data on the phone nor requires running tools and commands.
Android 5.1.1 For Nexus 9
Nexus devices are always the first one to receive any Android update released by Google. But the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was pushed to T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which caused some unrest among Nexus owners. But the latest news from the Android engineering program manager, Sascha Pruter, should reignite some hope.
In a response to a commenter on Google+, Pruter said the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OTAs for Nexus 9 devices "aren't far out." Pruter refused to get into the specifics, which raises questions like whether the regular and LTE versions will receive the update together and how soon will the OTA will be released to the 9-inch tablet.