Was the Nexus 5’s Lollipop upgrade held up because of a battery drain bug?

Android L on the Nexus 5. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android L on the Nexus 5. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Still wondering where the Android 5.0 upgrade is for your Nexus 5? It may have been held up by a pretty serious Wi-Fi bug that was causing abnormal battery drain, according to a report on the Google issue tracker. Some testers have found that their handsets were dying after just a few hours of use.

Lollipop is designed to make battery life better than ever on Android-powered devices, but for those with early access to Lollipop, it seems to be doing the opposite.

“Battery life is about 3-4 hours on a Nexus 5,” reports one user on the Google issue tracker. “At this time, turning WiFi off when it’s not needed seems to be the most commonly recommended workaround,” writes another. The only workaround for those with the “LPX13D” Lollipop build is to simply use Wi-Fi as little as possible.

The good news is, Google has now fixed this problem. A new Lollipop build has already been rolled out to testers, and it should greatly improve battery life. Providing there are no other issues with this release, Nexus 5 owners should see a public Android 5.0 rollout in the very near future.

We originally expected the Nexus 5 to get Lollipop on November 3 — the same day the platform made its debut with the Nexus 9. But if Google’s had issues like this to iron out, that’s likely the reason for the delay.