Google’s Android L Reportedly Hit by ‘Wi-Fi Bug’: Anticipate Delay in OS upgrade for your Smartphones
Android L update to older Nexus devices, has been reportedly delayed due to a potential Wi-Fi bug that drains out the device's battery. IBTimes UK

Ever since Google made official its Android 5.0 aka Android L 'Lollipop' mobile operating system last month, there has been increased anticipation, especially by owners of older Google devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, as to when their devices will receive the Android L as an OS upgrade.

However, it now looks like users would have to wait a bit longer for Google to push the Android L update, as according to a Phandroid report, a new bug is seemingly causing a delay in Android L upgrade reaching users of Nexus 5.

The Phandroid report quotes an Android Developer Preview Forum post which contains information on the technical aspects of the newly discovered Android L issue.

Going by the Android Developer Forum posting, the latest bug seems to affect the battery life of devices when Wi-Fi is switched on.

Also, Google's own Trevor Johns has acknowledged the bug causes 'miscellaneous' battery usage while Wi-Fi is switched on in Nexus 5.

Here's what Trevor Johns had to say:

"Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 which causes significant "Miscellaneous" battery usage while WiFi is enabled. This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events. We are continuing to investigate this issue."

However, Johns' statement gives a clear indication about Android L's rollout being delayed to Nexus 5, but there is no information regarding Android L's reported 'delayed rollout' for even devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and other brands (other than Google and Motorola) mobile devices.

Nonetheless, Google can be expected to shed more light soon, on the 'issues' affecting Android L, and the release of the OS as an OTA update to Nexus users.

Android L updates to smartphones, other than Google branded devices, confirmed

South Korean consumer technology giant LG is the latest to confirm plans to roll out Android 5.0 'Lollipop' to some of its smartphones, notably the LG G2 and the more recent LG G3.

According to an official Facebook post by LG Deutschland (translated to English), the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update will initially roll out to users of LG's recent flagship G3 smartphone, after which it will be made available to the older G2 smartphone.

LG's older flagship, the G2 ran Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean when it was launched, but subsequently received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS upgrade.

Motorola, the maker of Google's Nexus 6 smartphone, has already confirmed that several of its high-end smartphones will receive Android 5.0 OS update, including:

  • Both the 1st and 2nd generation Motorola X;
  • Moto E;
  • 4G LTE variant of Moto G;
  • Both the 1st and 2nd generation Moto G; and
  • Motorola's Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.

Users of Google's older Nexus devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 can also look forward to Google's Android Lollipop OS upgrade.

Sony has also confirmed that users of its range of Xperia Z series of devices will receive Android Lollipop in due course.

HTC has not confirmed its rollout plans, but a leaked schedule suggests that its high-end devices are pegged for the Lollipop update. According to BGR, the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will be receiving Android 5.0 soon.