Android Marshmallow for the Nexus 5 is currently rolling out across all carriers. See below for instructions on how to download and install Android Marshmallow for the Nexus 5 (if you haven't received the OTA update yet), details on the Stagefright security fix and more on Google's monthly Android security updates. Head to the updated sections below to find out the latest Nexus 5 Android update news.
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Nexus 5 Android Marshmallow update
Android Marshmallow began rolling out to the Nexus 5 on October 5. It is happening in stages, with different carriers receiving the update at different times. If you haven't received Marshmallow yet, it will be on its way, but if you're impatient, Google has made the factory images available to download and install. If you choose to do this, take precautionary measures. Follow our guide to make sure you install the image in the safest way.
Android M was announced at Google I/O 2015 in late May and the first version of the preview was released at the event. A second version was released a little behind schedule in mid-July and the third version arrived on August 17.
According to the accompanying blg post, the final preview version is "incremental" with the main additions being fingerprint scanner support and a change of API level to 23. The blog also confirmed that Android M's official name and version number is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Nexus 5 monthly updates and Stagefright fix
Google previously announced regular monthly security patches for seven Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, on its official blog on August 5. The aim of this schedule is to disentangle security patches from platform releases, meaning that any security patches that can't be handled by the latest Google Play Services update can be issued in one of the monthly Nexus security updates.
The first of these updates has already rolled out, bringing a fix for the Stagefright vulnerability. The Stagefright patch went out as an OTA update, but a factory image that includes the fix (LMY48I) has also appeared on the Nexus factory images page for those who prefer to flash it themselves.
In case you missed it, Stagefright is an MMS vulnerability that allows an Android device to be exploited by text message, as you can see below.
Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update
Meanwhile, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, which includes the Stagefright fix mentioned above (LMY48I), is also available now for the Nexus 5. It is available as a factory image on the Google Developers site.
You can follow our guide on how to get Android 5.1.1 on the Nexus 5 if you'd like to do it yourself, or you can sit back and wait for the OTA. To check whether the OTA is already waiting for you, go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
Sprint Nexus 5 Android update
Sprint announced a new build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 5 — LMY48I — on its software update page on August 5, detailing the Stagefright patch. The previous update came on May 13 and listed nothing other than an "update to Android 5.1.1" and "security enhancements" as new features.
T-Mobile Nexus 5 Android update
The T-Mobile Nexus 5 update arrived in the form of Android 5.1 in mid-March.
AT&T Nexus 5 Android update
The AT&T Nexus 5 update to Android 5.1 arrived in late March/early April.
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Nexus 5 factory images
The LMY48B build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 5 is available on the Nexus factory image page. The update adds some performance and stability fixes and hopefully irons out a few of the Nexus 5 problems on Android Lollipop.
The most prominent features of Android 5.1 are support for multiple SIM cards, HD voice calls on compatible phones, and Device Protection. The latter feature locks your phone until you sign in with your Google account, even if it's reset to factory settings. This could prove a great tool in the fight to discourage phone theft.
To find out more, visit our Android 5.1 Lollipop update page.
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, 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. 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 at the link.
How to downgrade a Nexus
The Android Lollipop update is not for everyone. Lollipop's effect on the the Nexus 5, in its current state, is being questioned (and 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 such as 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.