IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

Android 5.0.1 download NOW for Google Nexus 5 -- Lollipop update fixes issues, we hope

Patched Lollipop for your plastic pal squashes Wi-Fi and calling bugs, saves battery -- or so we hope

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IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

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And here it is: Android 5.0.1 for your good old Nexus 5. Finally! Merry Christmas: Unwrap your Lollipop update, peasants.

As ever, you can wait for ever until your OTA number comes up, or force a sideload of the update, or even download the full factory image (if you don't mind wiping your device).

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fire up adb. And then realize they need to update to version 1.0.32 of the SDK. Grrr...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Liam Tung brings happy news for people who have Hammerhead:

Following the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 update for Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 tablets last week, Google [released it] for the Nexus 5 too. The update's build number LRX22C is the same. ... Google's strategy for pushing out the update to its own-brand mobile devices appears to be somewhat scattershot.

Device owners can install the updates themselves...or simply wait a few days for the 'over the air' update to arrive.  MORE

And Stephen Hall adds carrier-specific detail:

The Nexus 5 was one of the last devices we were waiting on, with downloads already available for the Nexus 4, 6, 7 (certain models), 9, and 10.

Both T-Mobile and Sprint...say that the OTA rollout of the 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 should begin within the next 24 hours. If you’re not one for tinkering with your device’s software (or just scared of losing data), the best way to go about updating is to check the “System updates” page under Settings -> About phone.  MORE

But Alex Wagner offers the ob. warning:

Nexus 5 owners, your time has come. ... You can flash [the factory] image now...though you should be warned that flashing a factory image will totally wipe your device.  MORE

Meanwhile, Doug Lynch mobs the story: [You're fired -Ed.]

Google has been working to get all of their Nexus devices updated to Android 5.0.1...but some devices are taking longer than others.

Your Nexus 5 should receive the OTA update notification automatically. ... It could take up to a month or two before 100% of...devices sold through the Google Play Store are updated because of the...staged rollouts.  MORE

Can you spell adb sideload? If so, Bertel King, Jr. comes up with the goods:

Here is the link to the OTA file, direct from Google's servers.  MORE

Update: Dan Ramos can't resist an EPIC rant:

I honestly didn't mind sitting on a nice, stable 4.4.4, waiting for the 5.0 upgrade, but it was absolutely unforgivable to make that upgrade so horribly dysfunctional and then make us wait days to weeks (depending on when you got your OTA upgrade) so long on the fixes that came with 5.0.1. It's still buggy but at least it's tolerable now--but I don't feel particularly thankful because it STILL feels like they took what had been a wonderful, reliable and solid 4.4.4 Kit Kat and replaced it with an awkward and still terribly buggy Lollipop--I'm still ACHING to get rid of that extra f***ing swiping I have to do JUST to get my phone unlocked or to get to a recent app (the old 'recent apps' was far more efficient to manage recent apps... as the name would imply, no?). What an idiotic step backwards in the user experience, Google. Do you still even bother using your own product anymore, or did your engineers go off and start using Apple and just listen to the corporate line that there just needs to be lots of new features (because THAT mentality worked so well for Microsoft, right)?  MORE

You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings, who curates the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websites… so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @RiCHi or Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

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