Google is addressing issues that arose with the launch of its new operating system Android 5.0. The tech giant has not commented on the many bugs that came with Android 5.0, but did make the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop available for the Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus 10 tablets over-the-air on Thursday. Google is now sending the update to these devices wirelessly and users should be prompted to update their devices automatically once the new software hits.
One major issue being addressed in the Android 5.0.1 update is the “factory reset bug,” which is described by tech publication Ars Technica as a flaw in the system in which random taps on the lock screen of an Android Lollipop-powered device could cause the device to factory reset, or erase all data on the device and put it back to how it was when first purchased.
The mechanism is intended to work as a safety feature, in which inputting an incorrect password too many times would wipe the device. For example, if a person was attempted to hack into a phone by guessing the password over and over, the phone would then factory-reset itself, erasing all personal data on the phone before it could be accessed.
But with the bug, a device would count any touch -- such as a glide of a finger or rubbing against other items in a pocket -- as an incorrect password, hence prompting the factory reset function. But this issue is fixed on the Nexus 7, 9, and 10 tablets as of the Android 5.0.1 update.
The update also addresses an issue specific to the Nexus 7 tablet, in which users would constantly get error messages when trying to play videos through the YouTube application. This issue is also now fixed.
Users wanting to update their Nexus 7, Nexus 9 or Nexus 10 tablet to Android 5.0.1 manually, can do so with the software linked below.
The Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones have not yet received the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, but likely will soon. These devices have also dealt with a host of issues due to Android 5.0, including the flashlight bug, in which a device’s flashlights shuts off when used for an extended period of time, and cannot be turned back on unless the device is restarted.
Users have also reported problems with their Wi-Fi connections, ranging from extremely slow connections to Wi-Fi dropping constantly or simply failing to connect at all.
Nexus 6 users in particular have had trouble using the trusted face feature on Android 5.0, which allows users to register their face and use an image of themselves to unlock their device. While some users attempted to register their face, the front camera on the Nexus 6 would not adjust to the light in the area. Meaning their faces would show up blurry or not visible at all, rendering the trusted face feature unusable.
If Google doesn’t address these bugs in the coming update, it likely will in future updates.