Nexus 5 is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. The 4.95″ True HD IPS Plus display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, with a pixel density of 445 ppi. Storage comes in at either 16GB or 32GB. Other features include an 8MP camera, LTE connectivity and a 2300mAh battery.

Google has released the official version of the Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 via the factory image. This factory image can be used to manually install the Android 5.1 on the Nexus 5. The OTA will be out in few days. But interested users can install it now itself. Follow the guide below.

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Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. The writer cannot be held responsible for any bricked or unusable devices. Even though the chances of your device getting bricked are negligible, the owner of the device must take full responsibility of it!

Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 5:

Requirements:

  • Nexus 5 bootloader unlocked
  • Nexus 5 drivers installed on the computer
  • Android SDK installed on the computer
  • ADB and Fastboot installed on the computer
  • Nexus 5 factory image

Steps:

  1. Make sure ADB and fastboot files are placed in the same folder.
  2. Download the Nexus 5 factory image and extract it to a convenient location.
  3. Connect the phone to the PC.
  4. Power off your phone and boot it into Fastboot/Bootloader mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons until the Fastboot menu and START icon appear on the screen.
  5. Go to the folder obtained by extracting the files in step 2. Copy and paste all the files to the Fastboot directory.
  6. Using factory image files in your Fastboot directory, run the following commands depending on the OS installed on computer:
    On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
    On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
    On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.
  7. Wait for the process to complete. The phone will reboot automatically.

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