It’s not Android 6.1 but the Nexus 5 is getting an important update today. Here’s what you need to know about the January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 build that Google just released.
In October, Google pushed out the Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update bringing new features, enhancements and fixes to the aging former flagship. Android 6.0 Marshmallow also brought problems and bugs to the Nexus 5.
In an effort to squash these problems and enhance security, Google pushed out a Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update. The update also delivered over 200 new emoji characters for the keyboard and an improved volume slider. Like Android 6.0, Android 6.0.1 also brought problems to the Nexus 5.
Today, Google’s confirmed a new Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update though it’s not the big bug fix update that some Nexus 5 users were looking for.
Google’s rolling out a new January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 build that replaces the build from late last year. It’s not a big update but it’s an important one and this roundup is going to outline the most important things to know, right now, about this January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update.
New Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Update Rolling Out Slowly
The Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update will start rolling out today. Sprint’s confirmed plans to start pushing out its version of the new Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update and we expect others to follow. Not everyone will receive the new Android 6.0.1 build today though.
Google’s Nexus Android update roll outs can take up to two weeks to complete. We own several unbranded Nexus 5 variants and none of them have received the new January security update yet. We expect them to get the update within the next two weeks.
You can check for the update manually in the About section located in the phone’s Settings though you’re most likely going to see it appear in your Notification tray.
Google’s Nexus Android update roll outs are unpredictable so you’ll need to keep a close eye out this week and next.
For reference, the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update build name is MMB29S. The last version was dubbed MMB29K.
How to Get the Update Right Now
If you don’t want to wait for Google you don’t have to. If you want to install the new Android 6.0.1 build right now, you’ll want to head on over to Google’s website and locate the correct factory image.
If you’re rocking an unlocked bootloader, you can download and load up the new build right now. This guide will take you through the process.
This new Android 6.0.1 build is small but you’ll still want to set aside some time to download and install it on your phone. We recommend putting aside at least 30 minutes, more if this is your first time manually installing an Android update.
This is not a massive bug fix update. Instead, it’s a security update that patches up some potential exploits.
Google notes that this January Android 6.0.1 build comes with five critical fixes, two high level fixes, and five moderate issues. The exact nature of these patches can be found on Google’s website.
There doesn’t appear to be any bug fixes for Android 6.0 Marshmallow problems so those looking for a new bug fixer from Google will have to wait.
Android 6.0.1 Problems & Fixes
Remember, you might not want to download and install the update right when it arrives. Like the previous Android 6.0.1 build, this new Android 6.0.1 update could come with some problems of its own.
This is a small security update but we’ve seen small security updates wreck havoc on the Nexus 5 in the past. The August and September Nexus 5 updates are two examples.
We haven’t heard about any major problems yet but it’s still very early. You’ll want to keep an eye on Google’s Nexus Help Forum for feedback. We’ll also post our first impressions when the update arrives.
This is a monthly thing. This update is part of Google’s monthly security update initiative and you can expect another update in February. Beyond that, it looks like the Nexus 5 could be getting a much bigger update later on this year.
Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Update: 5 Things to Know After 11 Days
Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Review: Performance
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I've been using the Nexus 5 since the day it arrived in 2013 and the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update since the day it arrived for my device earlier this month. I've been digging into its performance for nine days and here's what I've found.
The Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update picks up where the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update left off. It continues to deliver outstanding performance in key areas like battery life, UI speed, connectivity, and app performance.
I've seen some complaints about Doze post-Android 6.0.1 but I haven't see anything out of the ordinary during my time with stock Android 6.0.1. The Nexus 5's battery continues to hold a solid charge in use and in standby and that's big for a device that's going on three years old.
I've tested it with three different routers and various Wi-Fi connections. I haven't experienced any issues with range or speed. Bluetooth continues to excel and I've been able to pair it nicely with Bluetooth headsets and speakers. I haven't noticed anything wrong with AT&T's LTE/4G networks either.
The Nexus 5 is still fast with Android 6.0.1 on board. I haven't noticed any lag or random stuttering during my time with the new update. Animations and transitions are all fast and fluid and opening apps is quick and painless.
Maybe the most important detail I can share is that I have yet to run into any experience-breaking problems with the update. I know some people have but so far, this update has been pretty flawless. Even the applications I use the most are performing at a high level.
I obviously can't speak for everyone but the Android 6.0.1 update for my Nexus 5 has been a pleasant surprise. I call it a surprise because it arrived without warning and because Android updates typically bring annoying problems to my Nexus devices.
If you haven't gotten the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update yet, you should soon. A majority of Nexus 5 users got the update this week though we could see a few stragglers (read: branded variants) bring up the rear in the days and weeks ahead.
For more on my experience with Android 6.0.1's features, head to the next slide.