Google recently started publishing Nexus factory images for Android 5.1, but now download links for the over-the-air update are hitting the Internet. It likely won’t be long before your Nexus device has the update up and running (5.1 for the Sprint Nexus 6 started rolling out yesterday, for example), but if you just can’t wait to get your hands on those performance improvements, we’ve got you covered…
In case you didn’t know, Google made the Android Lollipop 5.1 update official earlier this week. Google’s official change log doesn’t list many monumental differences coming with this version, but the biggest changes include support for multiple SIM cards, “Device Protection” (which keeps a device locked until its owner logs in with their Google account), High Definition voice calling, and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements across the board.
Here are some of the Nexus OTA download links for 5.1, with more coming soon (we’ll keep this post updated):
Nexus 6: from 5.0.1 to 5.1: shamu LMY47D from LRX22C
Nexus 7 2012 WiFi: from 5.0.2 to 5.1: nakasi LMY47D from LRX22G
Nexus 10: from 5.0.2 to 5.1: mantaray LMY47D from LRX22G
Nexus 4: from 5.0.1 (LRX22C) to 5.1: occam-mako LMY47O from LRX22C
If you’re not quite sure what to do with that factory image, we have a convenient guide written up just for you—although it’s best for those who aren’t as experienced to just wait for the OTA to actually hit their device as it will surely be dropping relatively soon (if it hasn’t already).