The Android 5.0.1 update for a variety of Nexus devices has been rolling out to several devices since earlier this month. As is par for the course, Google’s developers have also posted factory images for different devices that can be used by those unwilling to wait for the OTA or who may need to restore their device to a factory condition. Joining the list of devices with a downloadable image available is the Nexus 5.
If you need to grab the image, you can hit the source link below and find the appropriate file for your Nexus 5 device. If the instructions provided by the Google developers seem a little daunting, you may want to check out TalkAndroid’s guide to installing a Lollipop factory image on your device without losing your data.
source: Google Developers
Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.
It’s barely over a year old, but it appears the Nexus 5 is already slowly being put out to pasture. Customers looking for 2013′s Nexus flagship can still find the original black variant in the Play Store, but the red and white models have disappeared.
Lollipop is fantastic. It’s one of the best operating systems Google has ever put together, and it’s a dramatic overhaul compared to what we’re used to seeing in Android. However, it’s not without its own share of bugs and glitches, which we’re starting to see more and more of.
The latest issues are being reported by Nexus 4 and 5 users that have taken the Lollipop update. Some of those devices are certain carriers are unable to send text messages, and they’re being shown an error code 38 whenever they attempt to send something. Receiving text messages is seemingly unaffected, but that’s still half of the texting experience that’s broken.
If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.
If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.
Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.
source: Android Developers
The Nexus 6 isn’t for everyone because of it’s enormous 6-inch (5.96) display, but how does it stack up against its predecessors? Thanks to Phone Arena, we have images of the Nexus 6 next to each Nexus phone ever released. Some of these images my scare you, but what was a large phone in 2010 is not a large phone today. Hit the break for all the images and let us know what you think of the Nexus 6. Too big? Just right? Or dare I say, too small?
Since launching in 2013, the Nexus 5 has faced an issue with its camera subsytem. The processor will run more than required and does not return to a low power state. The camera fails and the battery will be drained rapidly. The bug has been acknowledged by Google, but that was way back in March. It is now October and a fix has yet to be issued.
This fall, it seems like Google’s fix is imminent. On the AOSP Issue Tracker, a Google employee noted that all will be fixed “in the next major update for the N5.” What will that update be? Android L. Nexus 5 owners should see the bug fix to be packaged within the Android L update that is expected to arrive within the next month or so.
EMT Leaks revealed a specs list that claims to be for the 2014 iteration of the Google Nexus 5. Originally thought to be a Nexus 6 or Nexus X, it could very well keep the same name as last year’s model. Although this is purely a rumor and should be treated as such, the list raises some questions.
If you’re the proud owner of a Nexus 5 that’s seen a bit more wear and tear than it should then you should pay attention to this news. Allegedly Google has created a new policy that will allow you to replace your damaged Nexus 5 one time. Should you shatter your display or crack your phone Google will send you a free replacement no questions asked.