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Nexus 5 Android Marshmallow update: latest news

Update: Android Marshmallow rolling out

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 1 month ago

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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The Nexus 5 now has a developer preview of Android Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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We'd love to see mute mode return to the Nexus 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

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. 

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The Stagefright exploit is triggered by MMS. / © Zimperium

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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The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is now rolling out for the Nexus 5. / © Google

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.

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Some updates are worth missing. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

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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 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.

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • johnnyk 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    My Nexus5 MPA44I not yet rcv OTA.

  • My cellphone bug sooooo much since I updated! It's slow as an old smartphone. I though I had to change mine, but it's only been a year that I have it! That's insane! And then, I've realise that it was because of the last update that my phone is malfunctioning. All the lasts updates said "bugs fixes" but I didn't had any bugs till this update!! And I didn't wanted download the last update 'cause my cellphone was great, but I was OBLIGED to download it!!!! Please, fix that!! :(

    • Tom 1 month ago Link to comment

      Mine had same issue, i called google support and LG but they were unable to help at all. I searched and got a fix. Turn off your phone, turn it back, while turning on press power button and volume low button. Phone will start in safe mode. use it for few minutes and restart it. it should work fine after that.

  • After my recent update. My nexus keeps on turning on and off frequently. I can't finish a task because it turns off. Sometimes I can't turn it back on so I have to wait until it turns on by itself. And the battery seems to drain after every time. Can you please help me with these problem.

  • My son have a lot of problems after latest update for his Nexus 5. The phone tries to install it already 5-7 times.
    After the restart any screen or side button touch shut down the device.
    I think about down grade to ghe previous version :-(:-(:-(:-(

  • This damn update does not install. Right now I have 5.1.1. I get a notification saying a 16 megs OTA update is availabe, and while installing I get "Error". Quite anoying

  • Darren 2 months ago Link to comment

    First thing I noticed on the 5.1.1 update is the voice mail text messages are now at a volume so low the I have to hold the phone to my ear in a quiet room and can hardly hear it. (Volume set to max)

  • Iago 3 months ago Link to comment

    Sorry but I don't understand why you make a change in a 5.1.1 titled new.

  • I have enabled the developer's option... But i havent still got the 5.1.1. Update.. And i dont want to flash my device... Any solution?

  • I just updated my test "Nexus 5" with Android M. I used the WUG Android "Nexus Root Toolkit for "Windows". It was so simple and easy . You just need to make sure that your Nexus 5 is "Rooted" and USB debugging is enabled. Just besure that you have backed up all your data files files . Messages and Photos, Music etc backed up beforehand............ You will need to download the "Android M Preview" file from the Google Developers Preview for your Nexus device. Be sure to copy the MDS Hash Tag and paste in whe requested......... and away you go............

    • Thank's for informations; Ii'm a few days on Nexus 5.1.1 and I ll stay on this update some time more to see what it brings... I can ssay, that is batery live much better now.

  • and no galaxy tab 4 update yet ..

  • Few ours ago I get update 5.1.1 on my Nexus 5 It's to early to say did it fix memory lake or it is more stability... In a few days of use, I'll get more answers on it...;

  • I own a Android one device and got the update to 5.1.1 this morning... I'm in India and own Micromax Canvas A1

  • More info on the web confirm the memory leak is fixed:

  • I received this update on Monday on my Nexus 7 2013... i was really surprised it was pushed out BEFORE my nexus 5... but that's cool.. no post upgrade issues to report (so far....)

  • MjikThize 7 months ago Link to comment

    I don't have a nexus, I'm on a play store version of the Moto G XT1032. I had upgraded to 5.0.1 when it was released and it worked great. Last week 5.1 was released for my phone so I immediately downloaded it and installed. Well what happened next was truly amazing. It took 30 minutes to do it but the update wiped my phone clean of any and all apps and personal information, (restoring itself to stock), then installed 5.0.1 which it was already running, then it took 45 minutes to download all my apps again. I spent the next couple hours re entering all my passwords and resetting my preferences and alarms. What a waste of time. Great work google. Installing the same OS version i'm already running.

  • Hallo 8 months ago Link to comment

    Very nice Update *_*

  • should i update to 5.0.1 or its not worth it

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