Google quietly pushes out Android Lollipop 5.0.1 images

An update to Lollipop should fix the issues that Nexus 7 users have had with video playback.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

After a less-than-smooth rollout three weeks after it began to roll out Android Lollipop to users, Google has begun the process of getting Lollipop 5.0.1 out the door.

The Android maker quietly updated its factory images page to reveal a 5.0.1 build for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Installing images from this page does require the flashing of devices in order to update them, and does not carry user data across in the process, unless backed up and restored by the user.

Among the changes in this version is an increase to the amount of memory allocated for video playback on Nexus 7 users, which often manifested itself on YouTube as the now-infamous "There was a problem while playing the video. Touch to retry" error.

Users on the bug have reported that the update has fixed the issue.

Another issue fixed in this release is avoiding accidentally factory resetting a device configured to wipe itself after a number of failed access attempts. Lollipop now does not count password or patterns with less than four elements as attempts to access the device.

"If we do, we risk resetting the device due to stray input," the relevant commit message said.

A Google spokesperson told CNET News that the factory reset bug was not widespread.

Lollipop is yet to be provided to Android users en masse. In the latest statistics provided by Google on which versions of Android users are running when accessing its Play Store, Lollipop fails to rate a mention.

According to Google, 34 percent of Android users now run Android 4.4 KitKat, 49 percent run a version of Jelly Bean, while 9 percent are stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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