After months of speculations, Google on Monday (9 March) officially announced that the company would soon roll out the latest MR (Maintenance Release) Android 5.1.0 Lollipop to Nexus devices.
In mid-November, Google released the new 5.0 Lollipop to Nexus devices, but soon some early adaptors of the new OS faced problems due to bugs like Wi-Fi connectivity issue and other numerous glitches.
Since then the company has released two stability firmware - v5.0.1 and v5.0.2, but still some problems were reported in Nexus devices. Even some Google's OEM (Original Equipment manufacturers) partners – Motorola, HTC, and Samsung had to delay the release of Lollipop updates to its devices. Sony has not even initiated the update roll-out process as yet.
Now, the new v5.1.0 Google mobile OS is expected to fix the most of the bugs and bring in new features HD voice-call in Nexus 6 (in USA), device protection (anti-theft feature) and multi-SIM compatibility in Android One series smartphones and Motorola's Moto G (both 1 Gen and 2 Gen) and Moto E (Gen 1) in emerging markets.
The company is yet to initiate the OTA (Over-The-Air) update roll-out process. Until then, users can keep a tab on update notifications on their devices by going to:
'Settings' >> 'About Device' >> 'System Updates' >> 'Check Update Now';
For those who have not yet received the OTA update and are impatient to wait, can go to Android developer's page to manually download the v5.0 Lollipop factory images into their respective devices.
The search engine giant has released factory images (manual downloadable file) of Android 5.1.0 Lollipop (build number: LMY47D) to three flagship devices - Nexus 5 smartphone and to tablets- Nexus 7 (2012 edition, Wi-Fi only) aka nakasi and Nexus 10 (aka mantaray).
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of manual software installation of Android devices. If the installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the device getting bricked or may even lead to the device 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 devices get 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.]
Here are the details of the software update released to Nexus devices:
|Model||Device Type||Software build number and version||Factory images Download link|
|LG Nexus 5 aka 'Hammerhead'||GSM/LTE||5.1.0 (LMY47D)||Link|
|Samsung Nexus 10 aka 'Mantaray'||Wi-Fi only||5.1.0 (LMY47D)||Link|
|Asus Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasi'||Wi-Fi Only||5.1.0 (LMY47D)||Link|
Note: Google is yet to provide the factory image file Nexus 9, 6, 4, Nexus 7 (2013 edition, Wi-Fi only) aka Razor and to cellular versions of both Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razorg' and Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasig'. [More Information, HERE]