Google Android 5.0.1 now rolling out to Sprint-driven Nexus 5 smartphones: How to download and install
Google Nexus 5 smartphones subscribed to Sprint now receiving Android 5.0.1 incremental software update.Google

Google's bug-fixing Android 5.0.1 is now officially rolling out to the popular Nexus 5 high-end smartphone users who have subscribed to Sprint's wireless carrier service in the US.

Users of Sprint-driven Nexus 5 smartphones can check out for Android 5.0.1 bearing version number LRX22C via the over the air (OTA) mechanism. The rollout is likely to happen in phases, so it may take a while before your devices get the update automatically.

What's new?

As Android 5.0.1 is a bug-fixing update, users can expect various performance/stability enhancements and fixes to issues, rather than hardcore interface-revamps and extremely new functionality.

Sprint has also officially indicated that the latest Android 5.0 rollout to its Nexus 5 devices, contains only miscellaneous Android updates.

However, you are advised to download the latest Android 5.0.1, and check out if various major issues plaguing your devices (after you updated them to Android 5.0 Lollipop) have been resolved post update installation.

These issues include the 'Flashlight Bug' that seemingly affects both Nexus 5 as well as the older Nexus 4 smartphones.

Flashlight Bug

Turn on the Flashlight app on your Nexus 5 and wait for it to turn off by itself. After the flashlight switches off, the bug comes into action and both the flashlight and camera apps stop functioning until a reboot is performed.

Users of Nexus 5 have reportedly been experiencing the Flashlight bug more than those using the older Nexus 4 smartphone.

Again, open the flashlight app and leave it on until it switches off automatically. If the light stays on even after a long wait, then switch off the flashlight and try launching the camera.

Apart from the above issue, users of Nexus 5 have also reported experiencing multiple stability and battery issues, after updating their devices to Android 5.0.

In summary, we advise Nexus 5 smartphone users to install Android 5.0.1, and check out whether the known issues (with Android 5.0 update) have been fixed.

Users can also install Android 5.0.1 manually, here's how to do it:

  • From the home screen of your Nexus 5, tap the All Apps icon
  • Scroll to and select Settings
  • Navigate to and choose the About phone option
  • Tap System updates
  • Select Check Now, if the update is available, then follow the prompts to download and install the new software
  • Else tap the Home icon
  • Your Google Nexus 5 is now running the latest Android operating system update

Verifying update's software version:

  • Tap the All Apps from the home screen
  • Navigate to and tap Settings
  • Scroll to and tap About phone
  • The Android version and Build number are displayed