Google is releasing a brand new version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to Nexus devices and its list includes Nexus 7. Today we want to take a look at everything Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 users need to know about this new release. of Android 5.1.1.
In April, Google started rolling out a brand new version of Lollipop called Android 5.1.1. Google’s Android 5.1.1 update was and is, a bug fix update aimed at fixing Android 5.1 issues and persistent Lollipop issues on Android phones.
Nexus devices were the first to receive the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. The Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and others started getting Android 5.1.1 in the weeks after the initial release, and it looks like they’ll stay there until Apple releases the upcoming Android M update.
In late July, Google confirmed that it plans to roll out a new version of Android 5.1.1 to Nexus devices. Slowly but surely, these new versions of Android 5.1.1 are starting to arrive on major Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7.
The new Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release is one of the most interesting updates, as it’s still extremely limited and apparently won’t be coming to one of Google’s Nexus 7 variants. With that in mind, we want to take a look at five things Nexus 7 users should know about the August Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 update and release.
Nexus 7 2012 Won’t Get This
Know that if you have a Nexus 7 2012 on Wi-Fi or cellular, you probably won’t get this security update or any other Android update in the future.
When Google released the factory images of the latest Android 5.1.1 builds, it did not release any factory images for the Nexus 7 2012. We don’t expect this to change anytime soon, and it looks like the Nexus 7 is finally at its end in 2012. Both in terms of security updates and major system upgrades.
That probably means Android M won’t come to the Nexus 7 2012. So if you don’t like all do-it-yourself work, it’s probably time to consider buying another tablet.
August Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 Release
This August Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1 release is coming to Nexus 7 2013. Google has uploaded factory images for both the Wi-Fi and LTE versions of the device, and the update appears to be rolling out to both Wi-Fi and LTE. LTE models.
Since this is such a minor update for the Nexus 7 and other devices, it looks like it could roll out a little faster than most updates. For example, yesterday we and tons of others received Google’s new Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 build.
Google’s Android deployments usually take up to two weeks to complete, but given their size and what’s included in the update, we estimate the OTAs will be complete in about a week. If you haven’t already, be careful this week and next.
You Can Skip the OTA
If you don’t want to wait for the August Android 5.1.1 OTA and fixes, you can manually install the update right now.
If your bootloader is unlocked, you can install Google’s Android 5.1.1 factory images. Head here and find the appropriate file For your Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi (Build LMY48I) or Nexus 7 LTE (LMY47V) file.
You can also manually upload the OTA file from Google’s servers. we detected Wi-Fi Nexus 7 2013 file here and we have I traced the Nexus 7 LTE file.
The LTE model file brings the device from LMY48L to LMY47V. The Wi-Fi model file brings the device from LMY48G to LMY48I.
Those of you who are not skilled at manually uploading files will want to wait for the OTAs.
stage fright fix
Google’s latest build of Android 5.1.1 comes with a major fix for the Nexus 7. This August Android 5.1.1 release fixes the Stagefright vulnerability.
If you missed it, the exploit was first announced Back on July 21 by mobile security zipper. Although the vulnerability has not affected any Android device so far, Google and its manufacturers are not taking any chances.
This is the focus of this new build of Android 5.1.1, a build that will likely serve as Google’s last Lollipop update before Android M release.
We’re still not sure if the Nexus 7 2013 will get Android M, but at this point the door is definitely open. We’ll find out more in a few weeks.
Won’t Solve Your Other Lollipop Problems
Finally, keep in mind that this August Android 5.1.1 update for Nexus 7 probably won’t fix other major issues plaguing your device. The changelog consists of a security patch and that’s it.
It can have a potentially negative impact on performance (Wi-Fi, battery life, Bluetooth), so you’ll want to search around for feedback if you’re feeling nervous.
We’ve recently posted some feedback on the Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, and we expect others to provide details on their own experiences soon. great place to start Google’s Nexus Help Forum.