Wi-Fi bug in software build delays the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout

Google announced the rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the largest and most ambitious release on Android. But there has been no news of any devices actually getting the update till now.

The Wi-Fi bug in the software seems to be the reason for the delay in the rollout.

According to an Android blog, Google has delayed the release of Android 5.0 because of a Wi-Fi bug that drained the battery in Nexus 5 units. They said that Google now plans to release the Android 5.0 build for Nexus devices on November 12.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop

“Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 which causes significant “Miscellaneous” battery usage while Wi-Fi is enabled. We are continuing to investigate this issue.” said Google’s Trevor John.

Google’s Issue Tracker website shows that the bug has been fixed now, meaning that the release is close.

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As the rollout was inching closer, rumors about the OS started piling up such as Google has not been able to create a stable version of Android 5.0 update for cellular models like Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones as well as 3G/4G-enabled Nexus 7 and 10 tablets.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop has many new features, such as a total design revamp, better battery life, improved security and support for multiple user profiles on same device.

Moto E and first and second generation Moto G and X will get Android 5.0. Sony will release the update for all Xperia Z series models, and HTC One and One (M8) smartphones will get Android 5.0 update within 90 days of its release.

Major smartphone vendors, such as Samsung and LG, have not revealed their plans to upgrade products to Android 5.0.

Android 5.0 Lollipop has a consistent design called Material Design across devices. Thanks to Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, content responds to your touch or your voice, in more intuitive ways.

Nexus 6 built by Motorola will be the first smartphone to feature Android 5.0 Loliipop. Motorola has stated that Nexus 6 will be available with the company’s partners starting in November and that the phone will come to 28 countries, including India.

The Nexus boasts a 6 inch QHD display with  2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. It features dual front-facing stereo speakers,and a brushed aluminium body.

The device is powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor paired with 3GB RAM. The device will come in 32GB and 64GB variants.


Vishal Kawadkar



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