Android 5.1 OTA update rolls out to Google Nexus 5

Android 5.1 OTA update rolls out to Google Nexus 5

More or less a month ago, Google released an update to Android Lollipop that came along with the releases of Android One devices, named Android 5.1. Today, I just received an OTA (over-the-air) update on my Google Nexus 5, prompting me to update.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Nexus 5

New features should include:


  • Support for multiple SIM cards – the new update now lets you use more than one SIM card on a device with multiple SIM slots.
  • Device Protection – your lost or stolen device will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account – even if someone resets your device to factory settings. According to the page it will be available on most Android devices that run Android 5.1 in addition to Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
  • High-definition voice calling – as the name suggests, voice calls should be clearer when two phones running Android 5.1 call each other.


So far, I can test none of these features since I don’t know people who run Android 5.1 nor does any Nexus 5 support multiple SIM cards. However, one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed was the improved quick settings – I can now look for WiFi connections and Bluetooth devices through the notification bar without going through the settings app.

Expect the update to reach your Nexus devices very soon, but if you can’t wait, you may flash the factory images that are already available, but you’ll have to backup your data first.

Read: Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 5 Review

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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7 Responses

  1. just_curious says:

    Instead of flashing a factory image, you might want to consider side loading the OTA file instead. It doesn’t require unlocking the boot loader and wiping the data and it’s fairly easy to do.

    Had been running 5.1 on my N5 for weeks already due to the availability of the OTA file.

  2. Easy E says:

    its already two weeks since they started rolling out OTA update of L5.1 pero hanggang ngayon wala pa rin ang sa akin.

  3. Paulo says:

    these android updates don’t make sense. isn’t 5.1 supposed to be bigger than 5.0.1? or are they all the same as long as they’re inside the 5.0 range?

  4. waiting says:

    Nexus 4 user here…waiting for my ota.

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  6. patrick says:

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