Android Mascots At The Google I/O Developers Conference
Android mascots are lined up in the demonstration area at the Google I/O Developers Conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, May 10, 2011. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

As Nexus and GPE users got early access to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, they also had to deal with bugs. Despite claims of extensive testing and the first initial developer preview release, Lollipop is not immune to issues.

From the initial 5.0 version, Google has now released two additional updates to address the problems. The first is the Android 5.0.1 update rolled out to the Nexus line including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The second update is the Android 5.0.2 rolled out for the Nexus 7 (2012). Google did not release a 5.0.1 version for the 2012 tablet.

However, despite Google's goal to address issues, the 5.0.1 still came with a bug. According to Android Authority, any software engineer would claim that it is plagued with bugs. Mobile OS updates are often plagued with problems and are only natural but the problem with the 5.0.1 borders on serious.

Some users even went as far to say that they are close to abandoning their Nexus devices because of the problem. The issues appear considerable enough forcing Android to close apps forcibly to free the resources. Fortunately, Google has clarified that it is already working on the update. People experiencing issues can either choose to wait for the fix, restore their OS to the stock version then install Lollipop back once issues have been addressed. Google may also be releasing an Android 5.0.3 update version to address all problems in the initial two follow ups.

As for those still waiting for the update on their devices, the installation update procedure is general but it is important for users to understand which zip files they need to download and install. Android Police provides a roundup of such:

  • Nexus 9 - download LRX21L > LRX21R
  • Nexus 6 - 5.0 (LRX21O) -> 5.0.1 (LRX22C)
  • Nexus 5 - 5.0 -> 5.0.1: hammerhead LRX22C from LRX21O

Users also have the option to try out custom ROMS if they want to try out the update or source out an upgrade possibly free of issues from the original version.

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