If you'd been following our Android 5.0 Lollipop update coverage, you'd know that there were some significant delays in the rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5. Knowing that the delay was caused by a software bug which was wreaking havoc with battery life made us understanding, but no less impatient. But November 12th was the day: Google began the rollout of Android 5.0 for the Nexus 5 and it's now thoroughly widespread. Update: With the OTA rolling out steadily and plenty of early adopters running the factory images released last week, there's lots more info around about Lollipop on the Nexus 5. See below for details.
Install Android 5.0 update on the Nexus 5
If the over-the-air (OTA) update hasn't arrived for your yet, there's nothing stopping you from following our simple tutorial and installing the factory image on your Nexus 5 right now. It's easier than you think. So skip the wait and get Android 5.0 on your Nexus 5 right now.
Root the Nexus 5 on Android 5.0
If you've got the update but want some additional freedoms to shift things around and customize as you see fit, then the next step you need is to root the Nexus 5 on Android 5.0. There's a couple of methods available already.
Android 5.0 Lollipop problems
If you've made the plunge and found yourself having a few issues, then don't despair: you're not alone and we've got your back. In this article we run through the major Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and their solutions. This will be updated as more bugs come to light, so stay tuned for more solutions to Android 5.0 problems.
How to downgrade a Nexus
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update is not for everyone. A few people have already asked me how to downgrade their Nexus 5 back to an older version of Android like Android 4.4.4. So I put together a quick tutorial to walk you through how to downgrade a Nexus.
Is Lollipop all that? The biggest Lollipop fails
Not everyone is sold on the Lollipop update. In these two articles, we discuss the biggest Lollipop fails in the latest update and ask the question of our readers: is Lollipop really all that? If you're running the latest version of Android on your device, let us know what you think the biggest issues are and where you think Google made some bad decisions. While we love all things Android, it's always fun to poke Google with a stick!
The recent history of the Nexus 5 Android update...
While both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 come out of the box running Android 5.0, the rest of the Nexus range had to wait a little bit longer. The Nexus 9 got the final build version of Android 5.0 just before it hit the Play Store: what Google called the ''retail version'' of the new Android firmware. And earlier in that same week, as various Nexus devices saw the Android 5.0 source code uploaded to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), we all got tittery with excitement and awaited imminent OTA rollouts or factory image deployment. But nothing happened. So what went wrong?
It seems that the Nexus 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update was suspended thanks to a catastrophic battery drain problem caused by the upgraded firmware. Nexus 5 owners using the Android L preview build reported the problem on Google's issue tracker service, where a Google employee promptly responded stating that the issue was being worked on. The complication was reportedly provoked by a Wi-Fi bug which would continue to wake the device without cause. Since then the issue has been fixed, but we still didn't see the Nexus 5 Lollipop update arrive until November 12th, as with the rest of the Nexus range.
Traditionally, the more significant Android updates have had a two-week window or so in between the AOSP code being uploaded and the factory images appearing. Smaller updates tend to see the AOSP code and images go live around the same time. The over the air updates, however, may start before the factory images appear, but because they take weeks to complete, the factory images usually appear before everyone has the OTA anyway. The same was true of the Android 5.0 update for the Nexus range (although both the Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014) as well as LG G3 variants got Android 5.0 before the Nexus factory images were available).
The two update methods deliver the same result, although the OTA won't wipe your device clean like flashing the binaries will. The OTA will simply appear for you one day (or you can feverishly go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check Now like a madman). The second method simply requires you to download and flash the factory image from the Google Developer's site.
- How to get Android 5.0 Lollipop apps, UI and features on your phone without root
- Get the Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview on your Nexus 4, Nexus 5, or Nexus 7 now!
What date are you expecting Android 5.0 for the Nexus 5? Will Motorola beat Nexus this time?