About a month ago, Google made available the Android 5.1.1 update for Nexus Player. Immediately, we all knew that the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 is right around the corner. As we speak, the new firmware has been made available fro all the supported Nexus devices. You can find more details about the 5.1.1 update availability below.
Early March, Google released the Android 5.1 Lollipop update which was aimed to fix some annoying bugs and to improve the overall system stability. The Android 5.1 update was made available for almost all the devices belonging to the Nexus line-up and now, the 5.1.1 update is aimed to fix the bugs that were not fixed by 5.1.
It seems though that many issues such camera crashes, the infamous memory leak, and even bricked Nexus 7 tablets persisted after the Android 5.1 update, judging by the number of fans complaining on Android forums. Therefore, the release of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 was imminent. According to the changelog posted by Google for the 5.1.1 update, among others, the new firmware brings a fix for camera timeout on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, fix/improvement for a recent remote passthrough feature on Chromecast, and fixes for security issues.
Now, the Android 5.1.1 update is available for download for all the supported Nexus devices. Nexus 6 was the last device to receive the Lollipop update, soon after the new firmware was released for both the T-Mobile and Sprint variants of the smartphone. The update is up for grabs over-the-air and, as usual, Google has uploaded the Android 5.1.1 factory images to their developers website here.
As you may already know, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 is being released in batches, which means that it can take weeks until everybody can install it, the ETA varying with device model and region. Normally, when your phone or tablet becomes eligible to receive the OTA update, a message should appear in the notifications bar, letting you know that a system update is pending. Just tap on the system update notification and follow the prompts on the screen. You can also try checking for the update manually under Settings > About device > System updates > Check for update. You shouldn’t forget that your device must run an official Android build in order to receive the update over-the-air.
You also have other options if you want to install Android 5.1.1 on your device right away. You can flash a factory image or install the update using the OTA ZIP. The former method is recommended if your phone or tablet is running a custom ROM and you want to revert it to stock, but it also works with devices running official builds. Normally, if you flashed a factory image, all the data on your tablet would be wiped, but you might be able to avoid that by removing the ‘-w’ flags from the ‘flash-all.bat’ script. The OTA ZIP method only works with devices running an official Android build. The installation process is quite simple, as you will only need the OTA ZIP that can be flashed on your device using the ‘adb sideload’ command.
If you want more details on how to flash Android 5.1.1 on Nexus 4 using OTA ZIP you can find a tutorial here, while the tutorial for Nexus 5 can be found here. The posts here and here will help you flash Android 5.1.1 factory image on WiFi-only variants Nexus 7 2012 and 2013, while the tutorials for installing Android 5.1.1 OTA for WiFi Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 can be found here and here, respectively. Here you will find an Android 5.1.1 OTA for Nexus 10 manual installation guide.
As I was mentioning above, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 is just a minor software update, so don’t get your hopes to high in terms of new features. The update’s main target is to fix existing bugs and to improve system stability.
I remind you that, even though Android 5.1 was supposed to be just a maintenance release, the update brought a couple of notable changes. It changed the behavior of the ‘Wi-Fi’ and ‘Bluetooth’ tiles in Quick Settings, now allowing the user to open a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices when pressing the ‘Wi-Fi’ or ‘Bluetooth’ text, rather than just opening the respective settings menus like in 5.0. The new firmware also brought back the animation of the ‘Auto-rotate’ title, along with the ability to manually remove the ‘Hotspot’ and ‘Color inversion’ dynamic tiles. You can now long press any of the two aforementioned tiles and a dialogue box will appear, asking you if you want to remove the tile from Quick Settings.
The Android 5.1 software update has also improved the heads-up notifications system. In 5.0, when a heads-up notification appear at the top of your screen you had three options: to wait for it to disappear by itself, to tap on it and open the app that was sending the notification, or two swipe it left or right (which also dismissed it from the notifications panel). In 5.1, you will be able to swipe up a heads-up notification, action that will only get it out of your way without removing it from the notifications panel as well. The 5.1 update also added ‘Until next alarm’ for ‘None’ and ‘Priority’ modes, as well as separate volume levels for media and ringtone.
The update also arrived with a tweaked interface for the contacts creating / editing menu, now sporting more Material elements. It came with more animations in the Clock app, too, especially for the Alarm, Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch icons at the top.
As you may already know, Lollipop is the biggest update Google’s mobile operating system received to date. One of the most major changes brought by Lollipop is the Material Design interface which is characterized by more vivid colors, fluid transitions, floating elements, and realistic 3D effects and shadows. Lollipop also debuted native support for 64-bit processors and introduced the new Android Runtime (ART) which promises major in-app performance boosts.
Lollipop also came with a revamped notifications bar and a brand new Quick Settings section. Besides the old Quick Settings toggles for Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Auto-rotate, Airplane Mode, and Mobile Data, Lollipop also adds toggles for Flashlight and Cast Screen. It also introduced dynamic tiles for Hotspot and Color inversion, which will appear in Quick Settings each time you access the two options from the Settings menu. Lollipop came with a heads-up notifications system and search functionality within the Settings app.
The Android 5.0 update also renamed the Recents section to Overview, also adding a card-based interface and document-centric multitasking. Courtesy of the document-centric multitasking, users will be able to find opened documents or tabs more easily, as applications such as Chrome, Docs, or Sheets can display one multitasking card for each opened tab / document.
The new update brought multi-user support for phones with Guest mode and native support for lock screen notifications. You can choose priority and privacy level for each app that appears in lock screen, or even block apps from showing lock screen notifications. The Screen Pinning feature enables you to lock your Android device to a single app, while Smart Lock can be used to automatically remove any layer of lock screen security when you are in a Trusted Place or your phone or tablet is connected to a Trusted Device.
Android 5.0 also came with enhanced battery statistics and Battery Saver Mode support. You might have noticed already that when you are recharging your battery, the device is showing how long it takes until the battery is full and that it estimates for how long you can use it with the current battery. On the other hand, Battery Saver Mode is reducing processor power, limits mobile data and sync, turns off animations, reduces brightness and turns off unnecessary processes in an attempt to improve battery life.
What are your expectations for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10? Is your Nexus device already running the latest Android version? How is your device after the update? Please let us know in the comments section below.