This past Monday, Google said it would begin rolling out Android 5.0, also known as Lollipop, to Nexus devices. Even though Nexus owners have been hitting the “Check now” button all week for system updates on their phones and tablets, the software was playing shy. Now we have an idea of why.
CNET reports that on Wednesday, a senior program engineer on the Android project published an update in the Android bug tracker indicating that on the Nexus 5 phone, the new software introduced an issue that drains the battery abnormally fast:
Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 which causes significant “Miscellaneous” battery usage while WiFi is enabled. This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events. We are continuing to investigate this issue.
Don’t be disheartened, though: The issue is reported in the bug tracker as fixed today in the latest internal builds. As of now, the official page for Nexus factory images doesn’t show any updates but that’s likely to soon change, provided there are no other show-stopping issues for Google to deal with.
As a result, I’d expect Nexus devices — or the Nexus 5 at the very least — to see the Android 5.0 update within the next few days directly through Google. Those who want to download and install the software themselves will have to wait for the downloads to appear on the factory image.
What about everyone else who doesn’t have a Nexus device?
You’ll be waiting even longer, of course, as the device makers have to take Google’s code and add their own bits to it. For some, the wait shouldn’t be too long: We have a list of which phone brands are expected to get Android 5.0 right here and if you’re a Motorola device owner, you’ll probably be first in line after the Nexus devices.