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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update: latest news UPDATE: New monthly updates and Stagefright patch roll out

The Nexus 5 has already received the Android 5.1.1 update as well as the second version of the Android M Developer Preview (the third version has been delayed). But Google has now announced an even nicer treat for Nexus owners: monthly security updates on top of the regular platform updates. Furthermore, a patch has been issued for the Stagefright vulnerability. Head to the updated sections below to find out the latest Nexus 5 Android update news.
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Nexus 5 monthly updates and Stagefright fix

This is a double header: Google announced regular monthly security patches for seven Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, on its official blog on August 5. The aim of this schedule is to disentangle security patches from platform releases, meaning that any security patches that can't be handled by the latest Google Play Services update can be issued in one of the monthly Nexus security updates. 
The first of these updates has already rolled out, bringing a fix for the Stagefright vulnerability. The Stagefright patch went out as an over-the-air (OTA) update but a factory image that includes the fix (LMY48I) has also appeared on theNexus factory images page in case you'd prefer to flash it yourself.
In case you missed it, Stagefright is an MMS vulnerability that allows an Android device to be exploited by text message, as you can see below.
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The Stagefright exploit is triggered by MMS. / © Zimperium

Nexus 5 Android M update

Android M was announced at Google I/O 2015 in late May and the first version of the preview was released at the event. A second version was released in mid-July. We've tested both versions out so far, and if you want to get your hands on it too, read our tutorial on how to get Android M on your Nexus 5.
The Android M preview 3 has been delayed, as confirmed by Android Developer Advocate Wojtek Kaliciński over in the Android M Developer Preview community on Google+. Considering the lateness of the second preview we'd expect the third Android M preview to arrive sometime mid-late August. However, Wojtek assures us it will be ''close to final''.
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One feature we'd love to see return is mute mode on the Nexus 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update

Meanwhile, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update which includes the Stagefright fix mentioned above (LMY48I) is also available now for the Nexus 5. It is available as a factory image on the Google Developers site.
You can follow our guide on how to get Android 5.1.1 on the Nexus 5 if you'd like to do it yourself, or you can sit back and wait for the OTA. To check if the OTA is waiting for you already, go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
Sprint Nexus 5 Android update
Sprint announced a new build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 5 - LMY48I - on its software update page on August 5, detailing the Stagefright patch. The previous update came on May 13 and listed nothing other than an ''update to Android 5.1.1'' and ''security enhancements'' as new features.
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The T-Mobile Nexus 5 update arrived in the form of Android 5.1 in mid-March.
AT&T Nexus 5 Android update
The AT&T Nexus 5 update to Android 5.1 arrived in late March/early April.
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Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is now rolling out for the Nexus 5. / © Google

Nexus 5 factory images

The LMY48B build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 5 is available on the Nexus factory image page. The update adds some performance and stability fixes and hopefully irons out a few of the Nexus 5 problems on Android Lollipop.
The most prominent features of Android 5.1 are support for multiple SIM cards, HD voice calls on compatible phones, and Device Protection. The latter feature locks your phone until you sign in with your Google account, even if it's reset to factory settings. This could prove a great tool in the fight to discourage phone theft.
To find out more, visit our Android 5.1 Lollipop update page.
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Some updates are worth missing. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to root a Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop

If you've got the Lollipop update but want some additional freedom to shift things around and customize as you see fit, then the next step is to go to our how-to page on how to root the Nexus 5 on Android Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop problems

If you've taken the plunge with the Android Lollipop update for the Nexus 5 and found yourself having a few issues, then don't despair - you're not alone and we've got your back. We have a page dedicated to Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and their solutions. This will be updated as more bugs come to light, so stay tuned for more solutions to Android Lollipop problems. For more specific Nexus 5 Lollipop problems, check out our solutions to the most common issues.
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Who would have guessed that a new firmware update could bring bugs with it? © ANDROIDPIT

How to downgrade a Nexus

The Android Lollipop update is not for everyone. Lollipop's effect on the the Nexus 5, in it's current state, is being questioned (here's at least one good reason why you shouldn't upgrade your Nexus 5 to Lollipop). A few people have already asked us how to downgrade their Nexus 5 back to an older version of Android like Android 4.4.4. So we've put together a quick tutorial to walk you through how to downgrade a Nexus.
Are you excited about getting Android 5.1 on your Nexus 5? Let us know about your experiences with Android Lollipop in the comments below.

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