Google has started rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the Nexus 10 via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Users who have been waiting for the first major update to Google's latest iteration of its mobile platform should be able to install the update anytime soon.
To install Android 5.1, users must make sure their devices are charged up to at least 50 percent of the battery life.
Google has previously made the factory image for Android 5.1 available, but users who don't know how to work with factory images are better off waiting for the OTA update to get Android 5.1.
The latest update, which contains build number LMY47D, brings users a total of 104.4 MB of performance tweaks, stability improvements, and several all-important bug fixes that have long riddled users who have updated to Android Lollipop starting last year. One of the most prominent improvements users will see upon updating is the significantly faster boot time as compared to Android Lollipop 5.0.2, but one thing Google has not had time to roll out a fix for yet is the major RAM leaking issue that has been plaguing plenty of users since Android Lollipop 5.0.
Users of Nexus 5, which received the first OTA update to Android 5.1, seem to be having more memory leak issues since the update. The problem occurs when apps running in the background are eating up as much as 100 MB of RAM, even when they are closed when the user swipes them away. Eventually, the system consumes as much as 1GB of RAM, causing Lollipop to crash.
Some users, however, say they are not experiencing problems with Android 5.1 and are instead happy with the new features that have come with the update. Of particular significance is Device Protection, which allows users to secure their devices against theft or getting lost by locking in the device until the user enters his Google account password. Device Protection also works even when the phone is reset to its factory settings to ensure that thieves have no way of using a stolen device.
Users will also be able to access their quick settings from the lock screen. While previously the lock screen only included notifications, users can now toggle their Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings via the lock screen. Google also brings HD voice calling to Android 5.1, but only on devices that are compatible with the technology, such as Google's new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
Aside from the Nexus 10, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus 5, Motorola's Moto X also received the Android 5.1 update.