Android 5.1.1 OTA Files Now Available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE (Edit: Nexus 5 Too)

Update May 20:  Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE Android 5.1.1 OTA .zips added. (Edit:  Nexus 5 too)


Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one.  (more…)

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Huawei-Made Nexus Reportedly Features 5.7″ QHD Display, Snapdragon 810 Processor

Thanks to a Chinese analyst, we may now know a couple of specs for the upcoming Nexus device, possibly made by Huawei. According to Pan Jiutang, who apparently has “good connections” in China, the next Nexus device from Google will feature a 5.7″ QHD display (2560 x 1440), and be powered by a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 810 processor.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.1.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices

Update May 20:  Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE Android 5.1.1 OTA .zips added. (Edit:  Nexus 5 too)


Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one.  (more…)

Huawei Might Just be the Next Nexus Maker

Over the last week or so, rumors suggesting that a Chinese smartphone maker would make the next Nexus phone have really heated up. I still haven’t fully wrapped my brain around the idea, but I can’t say that I would be opposed to it. Companies like Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Huawei are starting to make really nice high-end hardware, they just don’t typically get any attention in the US. And look, if Google wants to repair its relationship with China, maybe this is a first step. Well, that might be a stretch, but going with a Chinese phone manufacturer would certainly be something new.

What if that phone manufacturer had already been decided on? What if Google has decided to go with Huawei? According to Kevin Yang, the director of China research at iSuppli, the deal has already been signed – Huawei is making the next Nexus phone.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Which OEM Would You Want to Make the Next Nexus Smartphone?

Last year, right around this time, we asked our community which OEM they would like to see create the next Nexus device in partnership with Google. With 42% of the vote, Motorola was the landslide victor. Now here we are in 2015, with likely quite a few of you sitting at a desk with a Motorola-made Nexus 6 by your side. Funny how things work out, yes?

So, to keep up with the opinions and views of our readers, we would like to ask you the exact same question, one year later. Now that most major OEMs have had their shot at creating a Nexus device, all but Sony, which OEM would you like to make the next Nexus device?

Did Motorola do such a good job on the Nexus 6 that you would like them to do another? Is it Samsung’s turn to give it another shot? And what about HTC and its Nexus 9 tablet? Did HTC do such a good job with that tablet hardware that they have earned your trust for another Nexus smartphone? Or, just maybe, is it Sony’s turn in 2015?

More importantly, and something we have all probably thought about, but what about the name? We have had the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now Nexus 6. But we can’t have a Nexus 7 smartphone in 2015, since that already exists in tablet form. What is Google going to do there? Your guess is as good as ours.

Throw your thoughts down below on who should make it and what it should be called.

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Download: Android 5.0.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Update 12/24:  Added Android 5.0.2 link for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi.

Update 12/15:  Added Nexus 5 link! (Cheers Dustin!)

Update 12/10:  Added Nexus 4 link. Also added Nexus 6 link.

Android 5.0.1 OTA updates are starting to pop-up for most of the Nexus devices, which isn’t all that surprising after seeing the new Android version hit AOSP yesterday with factory images shortly behind it. The first three devices to receive build LRX22C are the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, and Nexus 10. But don’t be surprised if the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi, and Nexus 6 updates aren’t far behind them.

As is the case each time new OTA updates rollout for Nexus devices, we have started a running list of the updates that can be sideloaded, along with instructions for flashing them. We will continue to update this list as more device updates pop up. Also, as a reminder, we only provide the direct-from-Google download links, so these are as safe as can be.  (more…)

Google Releases Device Assist, a Troubleshooting App for Nexus and Google Play Edition Devices

Websites and forums can be helpful in diagnosing problems with your smartphone and/or tablet, but even better would be an easy-to-use, dedicated application. Perhaps in recognition of that fact, Google released Device Assist today, an app for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running Lollipop that can troubleshoot issues and proffer tips. (more…)