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Nexus 5 Receiving Android 5.1 Now

News by Luke Jones on Monday March 23, 2015.

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Nexus 5
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The recently discontinued Nexus 5 may not be available to buy anymore, but Google is not abandoning the device and will continue to update it to the newest versions of Android for a long time yet. In fact, the smartphone will always be among the first to get new Android builds, so it comes as no surprise that the Nexus 5 is now receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.1.

Last month the Nexus 5 was spotted on Geekbench running Android 5.1 on the benchmark site, so it was likely to be getting the upgrade this month. The update happens shortly after the Motorola made and current flagship, the Nexus 6, received its bump to Android 5.1. Owners of the LG manufactured Nexus 5 can now expect to receive Android 5.1 on their device, with several new features in two.

For example, a new security feature allows users to keep their device locked if it is stolen, with only the user able sign in with their Google account info. In other words, without that information the handset is essentially a brick. Other new feature coming with Android 5.1 are better battery life, enhancements to the 64-bit ART runtime complier for better processing, while issues with Google Now are resolved. As always, bug squashing and added system stability is also in the package.

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