Android Marshmallow began rolling out to the Nexus 5 on October 5. The update is happening in stages, with different carriers receiving the update at different times. If you haven’t received Marshmallow yet, it will be on its way, but if you’re impatient, Google has made the factory images available to download and install. If you choose to do this, take precautionary measures. Follow our guide to make sure you install the image in the safest way.
Nexus 5 monthly updates and Stagefright fix
Google previously announced regular monthly security patches for seven Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, on itsofficial blog on August 5, 2015. The aim of this schedule is to disentangle security patches from platform releases, meaning that any security patches that can’t be handled by the latest Google Play Services update can be issued in one of the monthly Nexus security updates.
The Stagefright patch was the first such security update, and it went out as an OTA update, but a factory image that includes the fix (LMY48I) also appeared on the Nexus factory images page for those who prefer to flash it themselves.
In case you missed it, Stagefright is an MMS vulnerability that allows an Android device to be exploited by text message, as you can see below.
On March 18, 2016, Google announced that it was issuing an emergency security update to the Nexus 5 and 6 patch to combat a vulnerability in the device’s OS that allowed a rooting tool to affect the code. This tool had to be installed by a user to be able to take advantage of the vulnerability, but, to be on the safe side, Google is issuing a fix. The rollout has already begun and should be on your device now or within the coming days.
Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update
Tthe Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update, which included the Stagefright fix mentioned above (LMY48I), was made available for the Nexus 5 earlier in the year. It is still available as a factory image on the Google Developers site, which can be downloaded and flashed to your device if you’re unhappy with Android Marshmallow for whatever reason.
How to install the latest update manually
The MRA58N build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Nexus 5 is available on the Nexus factory image page.
If you wish to install it manually or downgrade to Lollipop for whatever reason, you can follow our guide here.
The most prominent features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow are the new Doze settings, which save battery, and OK Google on Tap, which lets you access contextually relevant search results from Google based on whatever is showing on your device’s screen. To find out more about the latest version of Android, read our review.
To find out more, visit our Android 6.0 Marshmallow update page.
How to root a Nexus 5 running Android Marshmallow
If you’ve got the Marshmallow update but want some additional freedom to shift things around and customize as you see fit, go to our how-to page on how to root the Nexus 5 on Android Marshmallow.