Sunday, April 5, 2015

Finally received the Android 5.1 OTA update for Nexus 5

Not for my Nexus 5, because I already manually upgraded to 5.1 using the official binaries downloaded from Google servers. This update is for my wife’s Nexus 5.

Yes, I wrote in this post that I might actually upgrade my wife’s phone to Android 5.1 manually, as I had grown in confidence in doing that. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to spare, so it was postponed indefinitely. Finally yesterday, when I was about to plug the phone to micro USB cable coming off my PC to charge it, I checked the notification drawer and saw that there was an entry that I had never seen before.

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Even though I was plugging the phone to the power source, it already had almost 100% battery. Without second thoughts, I tapped on the entry and that made the following pane to show up on screen.

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And I tapped on the DOWNLOAD link on the bottom right hand corner, and the following screen appeared.

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Unfortunately, it didn’t want to start downloading for a while. I waited few minutes and the screen never changed. It didn’t seem as if it was attempting to download the update. After about 5 minutes, it got me fed up and I left the phone to do whatever it wanted.

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After an hour or so, I returned to the phone and so my relief, it had downloaded the update and was waiting for my input to proceed to the next step.

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When I tapped on the RESTART AND INSTALL link, it started a count down of 10 seconds and rebooted the phone. Then it started the actual process of upgrading.

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After the upgrading was done, it rebooted and started doing something called “Optimizing Apps”. I do not know what it does but I like the sound of it.

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And finally, here is the About pane of the phone. Yes, it indeed is Android 5.1. And the build number reflects the R3 release, which is a good thing as this is the latest available build for the Nexus 5 as of writing this post. And that is the one I have as well.

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Whether my wife would run into issues while using it, is an unknown to me. I shall find out tomorrow when I go to work. I just hope she doesn’t ring my phone while I am in a meeting. Every other Monday is the meeting day for us.

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