The Nexus 6 has been the last remaining device not getting Android 5.1.1 Lollipop amongst the other Nexus smartphones and tablets, but that has started to change as of today. Last Friday it was reported that the Sprint Nexus 6 would start to receive the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update beginning May 26th, and while we haven’t seen any reports of the updated software coming in over-the-air to Sprint devices, Google has posted the factory images for the Sprint model Nexus 6 for Android 5.1.1, so if you’re one who doesn’t like to wait and has a little bit of know-how on the process for flashing factory images to your device, the download is up and available for those interested.
This comes just a day after the T-Mobile version of the Nexus 6 factory images were posted as well, and a couple of days after some T-Mobile customers had reported receiving the actual over-the-air update. As this latest factory image is listed as for the Sprint model only, that means it will not and/or should not work for any other model device and you’ll want to abstain from flashing it if you do not have the Sprint model of the phone. It also works for the US Cellular model since this is essentially the same model.
If you’re using the Sprint or US Cellular models of the Nexus 6, and you want to proceed with flashing the factory image on your device, you can find a useful guide here which can walk you through the steps to get your device updated to Android 5.1.1. There’s no telling how long it will be before the official software starts rolling out to Sprint Nexus 6 owners but it was rumored to happen today so some users may begin to see the OTA at some point, and so far there are no details on the factory images for the Verizon or AT&T models of the phone at this point either, although it wouldn’t be too much of a shock to see Google post them soon as both T-Mobile and Sprint showed up this morning. Android 5.1.1 is mostly about bug fixes and improvements, but there are a few handy features or tweaks to look forward to.