Category Archives: Computers

Odds and ends about computers and computer related devices (tablets, cell phones) of interest to me

Google Nexus 5.0.2 Android Update


My year old Google Nexus 7 tablet notified me a couple of days ago that I could install the newest, greatest Android version whenever I wanted to.  Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop).  Since I don’t rely on it for communications, I decided to let it install.

Birdwalk:  Yes, I agree, the naming system that Android uses is absurd.  KitKat, Lollipop, Ice Cream Sandwich?  Good grief.

If you decide to let this update run, you better get a Snickers because you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  It isn’t the update install that takes forever, though, it is the interminable number of updates to most of your installed apps.

I was running Android 4.4.4 (KitKat).  I have mostly kids games and time wasters installed, and I don’t usually use it for serious work.  My new operating system told me that nearly all of them had to be updated to be 5.0.2 compliant.

It took hours.  It took so long because every time I left the thing to go do something else the dang thing went to sleep and stopped updating.  I suppose I could have changed the time out time, but I didn’t think about it at the time.  So far everything seems to still work, so the updates were there for a reason.

There are a couple of changes in the appearance of the device.  The home button is now a circle instead of a little house.  It shows itself with an upward swipe rather than just being in the vicinity of the button, too, which will be a real improvement when I get used to it.

There seems to be a fair amount of information for something that hasn’t been out very long.  I’ll add a couple of links to sources of information on the update and hints about when it will be ready for other devices.  Generally phones are the last to get the updates since a flaw in a phone can interrupt communications (as Apple discovered with their first update to the iPhone 6 last fall).  While problems with a tablet are annoying, they are less critical.

I am anything but an expert on Android devices.  I’m on my 2nd tablet and 3rd phone that have been Android.  That said, I really like the way they work and the dedication of the developers to keep the OS fresh and up to date.  You will have to search here, but there is a lot of information from people who know what they are talking about.  You can also check on information for your specific phone or tablet.