With Android 5.0 finally rolled out to Nexus devices this week, but many users are reporting issues. The list includes problems installing the update as well as problems with the flashlight feature and silent mode.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally rolling out and more than a few users are experiencing hiccups and hurdles on both Nexus and Motorola devices.
Here’s a look at issues being reported:
Google Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto G
The Google Nexus 5 has been particularly plagued with errors and bugs. Users have been particularly frustrated with the bugs associated with silencing a device. While those who generally do not put their device on silent will not have any problems, those who might need to keep their devices quiet won’t be happy with the issue.
There is still a way to silence a phone and that’s by selecting the “no notifications” mode.
Another issue with Android 5 Lollipop on the Nexus 5 is with the new flashlight. The operating system now allows users to toggle the flashlight on and off with a button in the Quick Settings menu. Unfortunately, if a user keeps the flashlight on for too long, it will be disabled, with the only way to enable it again being to switch the device off and then turn it back on again.
Nexus 5 users especially, but not exclusively, have also been experiencing issues with Wi-Fi connectivity on their devices, noting that it’s hard to get a Wi-Fi signal at all. These issues were found even before the update began rolling out, with most of the Wi-Fi-related reports being on the Nexus 5 using the LRX201 build.
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
The Google Nexus 7 has also had a number of issues, especially when it comes to video playback. Essentially, when a user tries to play back video on the device, an error message appears, reading, “There was a problem while playing the video. Touch to retry.”
The problem occurs in all kinds of video playback apps, including YouTube. Users who installed the factory image of the operating system and who installed the over-the-air update have reported the issue.
Google has yet to acknowledge or address the issue, although it is likely that it will be addressed over the next few days.
Some issues Google Nexus 7 users, as well as other Nexus device users, are reporting is the inability to successfully install the latest versions of the operating system, with an error message stating, “error: update package missing system.img.” Google’s Conley Owens has a fix to the issue, however.
“We’re hearing from users who are getting a ‘missing system.img’ error when trying to flash a device. If you are seeing this issue, please use the latest fastboot. You can get it from the SDK at https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html or you can build it in the AOSP source tree by running ‘make fastboot’,” said Owens in a statement.
Bugs in new major software updates are not uncommon.
Apple apologised in September after faults with iOS 8 caused some of its new iPhones to be unable to make and receive calls, and also restricted their Touch ID functionality.
‘Best to wait’
Sources: GottaBeMobile, BBC & IBTimes (#1 & #2)