Ever since the web exploded with news and posts about how great Android 5.1 is, which is the latest update of Lollipop, I’ve been itching to update my Nexus 5 device. I’ve been enjoying Lollipop so much this latest update would only make it better. So far. While I still check my phone to see if the 5.1 is already available via OTA, the urge to sideload it has been getting stronger and stronger. Truth be told, right before I decided to write this post, I was actually brushing up on how to manually update my Nexus 5 to Android 5.1.
So what stopped me? It’s this cautionary tale on Android Community:
For others who have gotten the update early, usually via flashing or sideloading the OTA, it was a bittersweet story. More bitter than sweet actually. Some users are reporting an inordinate amount of RAM being used up for no apparent reason. The Nexus 5 only has 2 GB of RAM and yet Android 5.1 uses up more than 1 GB, sometimes leaving as little as 150 MB left before it finally crashes the device due to lack of memory. Google is apparently aware of that issue and even announced that it has already been fixed. The bad news, that’s only internally and they don’t have yet a timeline of when it will be pushed out to the public.
So there, plans of side-loading the update on my Nexus 5 has been shelved. I’ll just wait for Google to push the update to my device via OTA. But the love of all things good, how long must I wait?!