Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To manually upgrade the Nexus 5 to Lollipop 5.1 or not?


Today Google officially released the Lollipop 5.1 firmware builds for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7(2012) and Nexus 10 devices. Of course the over the air (OTA) updates aren't here yet, but what's funny is that the flagship Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices have gotten the mother-in-law treatment. The update is not available for those two devices yet. That's certainly messed up but I don't care as long as I can get it on my Nexus 5.

 
You can get the latest official firmware for the Nexus devices from the following link.


Now, I'm in dilemma whether to manually upgrade to 5.1 or wait for the OTA. OTA is safer and easier, because it needs just a tap of a button, but nobody knows how long it will take for it to show up in the available updates. Lollipop took about 3 months, which is outrageous. Funnily, my wife's phone got the Lollipop update just one day after I went through the process of upgrading manually.

Maybe I will give it a shot; perhaps in the weekend because then I have time to figure things out if I mess up something. But I hope that I will not have to face any issues.

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