When it comes to security of the Nexus devices. Google is practically living a nightmare. The most recent bug in that Google needs to fix is consumer-facing and exploitable without any geeky tricks. It seems the Nexus devices are vulnerable to an exploit that lets users bypass factory reset protection.
For the uninitiated - factory reset protection has been kept in place to help you to keep your device password protected in case someone tries to reset the factory settings. It is supposed to render the phone practically unusable without the password, but a work around has emerged that does the job by pressing series of buttons. Check out the video given below to see the exploit:
Google pushed a security patch that covered the fix for this issue, but RootJunky - the first person to report the bug - has come up with yet another video that shows vulnerability of the device in spite of the patch released in January.
Although it has become more difficult to exploit the loophole, it is still achievable.This essentially sends out a message that the development and quality testing are done thoroughly. Google might take more time to provide fix for this bug, as they would like to get it right in the next release.
Google has just officially released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, the first Nexus device to get its Android 5.0.2 factory image is the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi "nakasi". Google didn't release any official Change-log but it looks like that its a Hot-fix update to fix some critical bugs.
Android 5.0.1 update was just released a few days ago, and Google already released 5.0.2 starting with the Nexus 7 and Soon it will hit the rest of the Nexus family. The OTA Update is not yet released but it's expected to start Rolling-out very soon.
Last week Android 5.1 was made official and naturally made available for Google's Nexus devices. It brought many improvements over previous Lollipop builds, including a few new features, like HD voice calls and silent mode.
The Nexus 6 was one of the handsets that benefited most from the new OS version, which brought about performance improvements and fixes to the handset. That version was distributed to users in the form of an OTA, but a quick look at Google's Factory Images page, reveals that there is now another Android 5.1 build for the same device.
According to the change log, this new software does not bring any significant changes, which is also evident from its identical version number. Instead the LMY47E build comes with a new version of the radio drivers, which signifies some tweaks and changes were made in connectivity cellular, Wi-Fi or otherwise.
It has been the hot thing to make kill switches for phones recently. Carriers have been asked by government agencies to do it, states are passing laws to require it, Apple did it, and now Google is implementing it in Android 5.0, Lollipop will come with an opt-in "Factory Reset Protection" option that keeps a thief from being able to wipe your phone, making it a less appealing target in the first place.
If you activate this feature, your Google login will be required to factory reset the phone or tablet. Presumably this will also prevent factory resets through recovery-otherwise it would be pretty useless. A secure lock screen of some sort will be required for this feature as well. The feature will be built-in on all Android Lollipop.
Google is expected to update its Nexus devices today (Nov,12th). Well, the updates isn't rolling-out yet, However, the official Google Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory image [LRX21P] has just been leaked online.
If you happen to own a 2012 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only) variant, you're lucky, you can flash the image below to your device and you won't need to wait for the Lollipop OTA update. We might see all other devices factory images online pretty soon following by the OTA.
File name: nakasi-lrx21p-factory-93daa4d3.tgz
Great News for Google Nexus 4 owners who are waiting on fire for the Lollipop OTA update, the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image for LG Nexus 4 is now Available for Download from Android Developers. The build number of the release is LRX21T. It's only a matter of time until the OTA starts Rolling-out, probably as soon as tomorrow.
Google took extra two days to release the latest Android build to its 2012 flagship smartphone. Its successor, the LG Nexus 5 got updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop a couple of days ago alongside Nexus 10, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7. Android 5.0 will bring a host of improvements to LG Nexus 4 headed by material design and brand new ART runtime.
Last Month, We reported that Android 5.0.1 update will be coming late December. To confirm this report, Today, Google released the official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop AOSP Factory images for all Nexus devices who already got Lollipop.
The 5.0.1 Factory images are now live on the AOSP website and you can download and flash them to your Nexus device. There's no official change-log for the Android 5.0.1 yet, but we can guess it packs many bug fixes, performance and stability improvements. This minor update also brings better battery life for wearables.
We'll post the full official change-log once we get it. The Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA updates will start Rolling-out by the End of this Month (December,2014) to all compatible Nexus devices.
We already announced that Google will release Android 5.0.2 for more Nexus devices on Jan, 2015.
Today, Google posted the factory images of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop [LRX22G] for two more tablets the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10. Google already released the the same factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) last December. This new update offers just a few bug fixes and the build might be limited to older versions of Nexus tablets. For example, the update has not been sent out to the Nexus 9, which is the most recent tablet offered under the Nexus name.
The 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA update will be available for all Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10 users very soon. You can use the factory image for would be to update your Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 to Android 5.0.2, without having to wait for an OTA update. You can find the factory image for the two tablets by clicking on the source link.
Google has just officially revealed a new version of its mobile operating system, Android 5.1 Lollipop. Google confirmed the next Android iteration "5.1 Lollipop" via its official Android One page. However, there are no details about the improvements made on Android 5.1 but we also got a change-log and some screenshots of this Android version.
Android 5.1 Lollipop Images Build number:
- Android 5.1, Nexus 5 Build/LMY29C
- Android 5.1, Nexus 9 Build/LMY22E
- Android 5.1, Nexus 6 Build/LMY22E
Android 5.1 Lollipop New Features Change-log:
- Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0 release.
- General improvements in system stability.
- Improved RAM management.
- Fixes for sudden app closures.
- Improved battery management.
- Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed.
- Issues with wireless connections fixed.
- Problems with Okay Google function solved.
- Notifications problems solved.
- Some sound problems experience [sic] by certain devices fixed.
- Other improvements and changes.
It's only a matter of days until Google releases the Android 5.1 factory images followed by the OTA update to all its Nexus devices.
We reported before that Google will release Android 5.1 Lollipop update on March. Today, Google has just published the official Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 WiFi) and Nexus 10, other Nexus devices will follow soon. As for the OTA update, it will start rolling-out by the end of this month.
What's New in Android 5.1 ?
Android 5.1 brings support for multiple SIMs and cross-platform HD Voice, along with Device Protection which ties your Android device to your Google account and prevents unwanted access to your device even if it goes through a factory reset. Additionally, there are some tweaks to quick settings for easier control over Bluetooth and WiFi network switching. You can check the full change-log on HERE.
If you don't want to wait for the OTA, You can download and manually flash the official Factory images below:
- Nexus 5 Android 5.1 factory image link - Nexus 5 LMY47D
- Nexus 7 (2012 WiFi) Android 5.1 factory image link - Nexus 7 LMY47D
- Nexus 10 Android 5.1 factory image link - Nexus 10 LMY47D