Lollipop 5.1.1 update

lollipopI don’t usually write about Android operating system updates as they are well covered by other, more technical websites, but I must tell you about my experience with the latest update.

Lollipop was a bit of a disaster for me with sudden unexpected slowdowns, crashes and generally odd behavior. KitKat, the previous version was pretty good overall but I like to install the updates to Android when they are offered by Google because mostly they seem to get it right (even if it takes a while sometimes!).

I got the 5.1 Lollipop update but this didn’t help in my case, in fact it seemed to just make a poorly behaving tablet, my now elderly Nexus 7 2012 model, even more badly behaved. My wife will attest to hearing frequent bad language when I got tired of waiting 5 minutes for an app to open. Things seemed worse when WiFi was turned off then back on again as it seemed that every app was competing for the internet, but that is just a guess.

I received the OTA (over the air) 5.1.1 update today, only 9Mb in size) and after waiting for the apps to be ‘adjusted’ to ensure they are all compatible and a reboot, I am very pleasantly surprised. Looks as if my Nexus is back to it’s old self again and the hours of frustration are at an end!

I still find it odd that Google would have so much trouble getting an update right, especially when you consider that the Nexus hardware is the same for each of the two or three models released, but I guess it may be more to do with other factors or conflicts with apps. Observant users that have Lollipop on their devices may have noticed a recent app offered in the Play Store called Android System Webview that apparently is an app that many other apps can use to display webpages within themselves. In Lollipop, this app can be updated independently of the operating system and, in theory, should mean improvements that will affect many other apps can be done in one hit. Let’s hope this is a positive thing rather than a negative!

If you are tearing your hair out with Android 5.0 or 5.1, give this update a chance once it’s offered to you, it might bring a smile to your face as it did mine.


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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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Thanks, Andy

3 Comments on Lollipop 5.1.1 update

andy said : administrator Report 5 years ago

Thanks for the info Neil. I have recently updated all the apps on my Nexus 7 2012 model and turned off the auto rotate. It doesn't seem to have made much difference even with Location off but I'll persevere and see if it has helped mine. My plan though, is to still revert to Kit Kat once we return home from our travels!

neil said : Guest Report 5 years ago

To anyone having issues with the Nexus 7 2012 after updating. It is a bug with location services (and possibly rotation) Turn off auto rotate and location (swipe down from the top twice, turn off location and set a rotation manually). It should come back to life again. The fact they still release updates for the 2012 model is pretty good. Most brands don't bother releasing updates once they have a new model out. My late 2014 y550 phone is stuck on 4.4.

andy said : administrator Report 5 years ago

I've come to the conclusion that Google is deliberately wrecking their older devices in much the way intel and Microsoft used to ensure each 'update' to Windows would require buying a new computer! Lollipop has effectively ruined a perfectly good tablet in my case. And I know why. If I have a high speed, always on internet connection, the Nexus 7 is reasonable but if not I have to wait at least 15 minutes after turning the WiFi on before it responds at all. Meanwhile it uses 10Mb plus of previous data checking app updates, accounts and who knows what else even though I have the checking turned off... First chance I get I'm taking it back to Kit Kat somehow! Apologies if my post had caused you the same grief.

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