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Nexus 5 Android Lollipop update news [updated: Android 5.1 spotted]

Kris Carlon

The Nexus 5 is currently running Android 5.0.1, leaving a few of us wondering when it will be updated to the next version of Android and what that version will be: 5.0.2? We've now come a little closer to finding out as a benchmark for the Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 has been leaked online. Is the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 update on its way? Head to the update section below to find out the latest Nexus 5 Android update news.

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The Android 5.1 Lollipop update has been spotted on Nexus 5. / © Google

Update: A GeekBench test for a Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 has made its way online, meaning at least one device, somewhere, has been upgraded to the latest version of the OS. While this doesn't tell us when we should expect the Android 5.1 Nexus 5 update, it does indicate that Android 5.1 is up and running, and that the Nexus 5 may get it soon. 

AndroidPIT heard from an exclusive source that Android 5.1 is on the way in Q1 2015, and we also learned of the fixes and improvements you can expect from it. To find out more, visit our Android 5.1 Lollipop update page.

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Some updates are worth missing. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to upgrade the Nexus 5 to Android Lollipop

If you haven't yet made the jump to Android 5.0.1, check Settings > About Phone > Software Update to see if your device is ready for the update. If it's not, there's nothing stopping you from installing the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop factory image yourself. 

Skip the wait, go to the Google Developers' factory image page right now and get flashing. If you'd prefer a walk through, follow our tutorial on how to get Android Lollipop on the Nexus 5. Even if the firmware version has changed, the same steps apply: just substitute the newer Android version.

How to root a Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop

If you've got the Lollipop update but want some additional freedom to shift things around and customize as you see fit, then the next step you need is to go to our how-to page on how to root the Nexus 5 on Android Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop problems

If you've taken the plunge with the Android Lollipop update for the Nexus 5 and found yourself having a few issues, then don't despair - you're not alone and we've got your back. We have a page dedicated to 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 Lollipop problems. For more specific Nexus 5 Lollipop problems, check out our solutions to the most common issues.

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Who would have guessed that a new firmware update could bring bugs with it? © ANDROIDPIT

How to downgrade a Nexus

The Android Lollipop update is not for everyone. Lollipop's effect on the the Nexus 5, in it's current state, is being questioned (here's at least one good reason why you shouldn't upgrade your Nexus 5 to Lollipop). A few people have already asked us how to downgrade their Nexus 5 back to an older version of Android like Android 4.4.4. So we've put together a quick tutorial to walk you through how to downgrade a Nexus.

Are you excited about getting Android 5.1 on your Nexus 5? Let us know about your experiences with Android Lollipop in the comments below.

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  • Anuj Agarwal 2 weeks ago Link

    For the battery drain problem, power off your n5 while charging it and fully charge the device.
    This time battery should last longer. It worked for me.

  • Jon Lafave 2 weeks ago Link

    when will 5.0.1 come out for galaxy s4! :(

  • Katie Chamberlain 3 weeks ago Link

    When I upgraded to 5.0.2 I got a lot of glitches. Randomly my phone will open apps when I am using another. Also it changes my wallpaper to black, and freezes. Some times when it does this it won't let me restart. I hold the power button and it asked if I want to power off, but the touch screen won't let me. Will the new 5.1.0 update fix this?

  • Yash Kumar 4 weeks ago Link

    I bougth nexus 5 two months back and after a week i got update of 5.0 and 5.01 but i am not netting any update for 5.02. why?

  • Santosh 1 month ago Link

    when android 5.0 officially update available for micromax canvas a1 (andriod one) plz tell me

  • francis 1 month ago Link

    Hi,have received notification re upgrade to 5.01. should I wait till 5.02 comes to settle battery drain,camera issues
    do I need to save contacts ,gallery,etc. etc or does it bring them across after factory download. will all my emails be saved.
    forgive if this has been covered by others

  • Mārcis 1 month ago Link

    Hey, watsup, my new Nexus 5 built nr. KTU84P doesn`t receive Lolipop update from 4.4.4 Kitkat. How can it be possible? Have they forgot Baltic states?

    • Katie Chamberlain 3 weeks ago Link

      No, I had the same issue. It is more likely you got a phone that was sitting in a wharhouse, rather than a newly made phone. If it is sitting with KitKat, it was most likely made last spring, and put to storage in case of backorders. They update phones periodically, so not everyone gets the update at the same time. The whole process can tale months. I originally got the update on my Nexus4, around October early November, but when I got the nexus5, two months later it came with KitKat. I had the nexus5 for two months before I got the update.just hold on a little longer.

  • karan kampani 1 month ago Link

    when will the lollipop version for galaxy note 4 update enter Dubai. this is taking too long.

  • Sheena Lima 1 month ago Link

    Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is now on sale

  • rbjork 1 month ago Link

    I Still haven't received "over-the-air (OTA) update" for Android 5. I'm still at 4.4.4 (updated last month - Dec). Am I just unlucky and missed it all-together? Or maybe I need to be patient and wait maybe a couple more weeks?

  • Tushar Vyas 2 months ago Link

    I had been using nexus 5 and also got android 5.0.1. Had to get the motherboard replaced from lg service center due to some technical issue, which came factory installed with android 4.4.4. Now I am unable to update again to lollipop. Kindly suggest and help.

    • Bryan vella 2 months ago Link

      Either wait for it....or flash it. Did that with 5.0

      • Nayan Raj 1 month ago Link

        Can we know how long we have to wait for lollipop OTA BECAUSE I don't want to root my phone.

    • Nayan Raj 1 month ago Link

      Same with me dude.. Waiting egarly for the update. Do reply if u get any solution or update.

  • Sushmita Ravi 2 months ago Link

    Heyy I bought a new nexus 5 this month and its still not updated to 5.0 ... Loliipop .. When will I get it ..
    Its been quite some time

    • Steven van Honschooten 2 months ago Link

      Same here. I send my phone tot google for a repair and recieved a new one as standard procedure. But I'm still (!) waiting for the update. It's starting to be annoying. All my friends have the update and I'm still on 4.4.4

    • Ojas Kolte 2 months ago Link

      Hey I bought a new Nexus 5 D820 from USA , and still it is on android 4.4.4 , I want to know why it is not being updating to android 5.0 ? Phone was purchased somewhere in Q4 of 2014. Please do reply.

  • Joe Jawhara 2 months ago Link

    I have Rooted Nexus 4 and i received android 5.0.1 update , but every time trying to install it stops and Error appears on my screen.. please help

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