We've written about the latest version of Android 5.1 Lollipop and how it has been released for a number of Nexus devices, including more recently the Google Nexus 5. Now, Google has released and posted the factory image to Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Google home entertainment system, the Google Nexus Player. The Nexus Player was announced last year as the first Android TV device and is based around a quad-core, 1.8 GHz, Intel Atom processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. There's an HDMI port for outputting to a television and high speed onboard WiFi. As well as running applications and games, the Nexus Player is also fully Google Cast compatible and can be accessorized with a handy Bluetooth 4.1 wireless controller, which is perfect for gaming.
The factory images can be used to restore a Nexus device to the original factory firmware, which can be useful for customers who have installed a custom ROM. It may also be used to update a device before the over the air, or OTA, update arrives and as such it's great for impatient people! Flashing a factory image will, unfortunately, delete all user data on the device so if you are planning on updating your device, be sure to backup all personal information first. In order to use the system image, you'll need the fastboot tool, which you can get either from a compiled version of the Android Open Source Project or from the platform-tools directory of the Android SDK (software development kit). You'll need to add it to the Windows PATH environment as the flash-all script needs to be able to find it. Oh and you'll also need to set up USB access on your device(s) too. There are detailed instructions at the source website cited below; be sure to hit it up and read these through carefully if you are interested in flashing your Google Nexus Player to Android 5.1.
If have a Nexus Player and don't want to manually flash the update, not to worry as your device will receive the update in the coming days. As for the differences, most of the changes to Android will be more obvious to smartphone and tablet owners, but the overall performance and reliability improvements should be reflected with the Nexus Player too. But if you have the Nexus Player and receive the update, let us know how you get on?