Upgrading LG Nexus 4 from Android 5.1 to 5.1.1

One of the benefits of a Nexus device is that you are among the first to receive new OS updates, even if you have an older device. The good old LG Nexus 4, as of May 26 in 2015, is now running Android 5.1.1. The previous version running on mine was 5.1. The upgrade went well and without a problem. If you are curious, I have a play by play of the upgrade after the break…

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Upgrading LG Nexus 4 from Android 5.1 to 5.1.1

  1. The download is 18.1 MB
  2. Download and then press Restart and Install, device shutting down, Google Logo appears (about 1 minute)
  3. then the green Android with its belly getting worked on, the “Installing System Update” message (took about four minutes)
  4. Google logo returns, immediately followed by the four color balls in the air (about 2 minutes)
  5. now we have the “Android is Upgrading” and “Optimizing App X of Y”. The duration depends on the apps installed on your device. With 128 apps, mine took 12 minutes
  6. then Starting Apps and the process finished
  7. the Launcher crashed after the end but pressing OK brought it up and all is well
  8. it returned memory of the previously launched apps in the Recently Launched Apps “Rolodex”

NOTES
1. I did this running on AC power, so I don’t know how much drain on battery power this update would have had
2. We often make fun of Windows Update, but Google Updates are not exactly turnkey. Even a simple double-dot update has to go through this process. And that’s before you consider the various skins and carrier abominations.