With an onslaught of user complaints on forums and social media, Google finally rolled out a massive Android 5.1 update in April for Nexus devices that seems to have taken care number of issues found on its predecessor – the Android Lollipop 5.0. The new update undeniably was a major boost for Nexus smartphones and tablets. It took care of tons of bugs and issues bringing along a slew feature enhancement for Nexus owners, though had some flaws of its own.
For instance, Nexus 4 owners have been experiencing abnormal battery drain along with random reboots. Meanwhile, Nexus 5 owners have also been facing quite a few problems with the Android 5.1 update. Users have been complaining about random reboots and app crashes, along with problems with their connectivity, gallery app, battery issues and much more.
Hence, the next update was undeniably on the cards and Google will now be officially rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus player and is expected to expand the update to several devices including the aging Nexus 5.
“I totally understand the frustration of N 9 owners who are hitting issues but because of that its even more important the 5.1.1 update for Nexus 9 fixes these problems. So I think it’s the right step to prepare an update that actually improves quality and fixes the issues that have been reported instead of rushing out something that doesn’t help the majority of customers,” said a Google employee.
The Android 5.1.1 update has already started to gain traction and is expected to be rolled out on most Nexus devices by the end of May. Here are five things we can expect from the new Android 5.1.1 update.
It’ll be a Bug fix update
The Android 5.1.1 will be a small update slightly over 13 MB, unlike the 220.7 MB Android 5.1 update. Largely because of the fact that it’s a bug fixer rather than a full feature update. It should tackle some of the issues faced by Nexus owners since the arrival of Android 5.1.
Devices likely to get the Android 5.1.1 update
For now, Google has officially confirmed Android 5.1.1 updates for Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Nexus 5.
The company still hasn’t officially confirmed the update for Nexus 6 and Nexus 4, though given the problems with the Android 5.1 update, it’s highly likely that the company will be rolling out the update to these devices as well.
Fixes two major Bugs for Nexus 5
As already mentioned, the Android 5.1.1 update is primarily a bug fixer, hence it won’t bring along heavy duty features with it, though it’ll be solving crucial bug fixes that’ll improve the overall stability and usability of the phone.
Firstly, the new update should tackle memory problems causing random reboots and crashes.
Secondly, it should fix the infuriating camera crashing problem.
Problems will continue to exist
Users have already started complaining about problems with the Android 5.1.1 update, bearing in mind the fact that it’s just a few days old. As it rolls out to more Nexus devices over a period of time, we can expect to hear from more Nexus owners.
We can expect more problems largely due the fact that every Nexus Android update has laden with bugs. Hence, users are advised to hope for the best and prepare for the worse.
The Next Android OS
With Google’s I/O 2015 kicking off soon with a keynote scheduled on May 28th, expect the Android 5.1.1 to get completely sucked in by Google’s upcoming OS. As you’ll be aware, Android Lollipop was called Android L when it was in its beta phase that clearly implies that Android M should be their next big Android update.
Hopefully, the company is done with rolling out Android 5.1.1 update before its new OS becomes their entire focus of attention. We’ll keep you updated and bring you more details about the new update as and when we hear anything new.