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Nexus 5 bugs on Lollipop and how to fix them

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Even though the Nexus 5 is Google’s own creation, in a way, as is Android 5.0 Lollipop, the two don’t seem like the perfect mix, as many users have noticed since Android 5.0 Lollipop was released. The latest version of the software that is officially out for the Nexus 5 is Android 5.0.1, but there are bugs on all versions. Many Nexus 5 owners are anxiously waiting for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and hoping that it will fix all the problems they are having, but we don’t know when that’s coming. Until we find out, we’ve compiled a list of bug reports and issues and a few simple fixes we found work to combat them.

Nexus 5 dropping Wi-Fi signal? Reminds us of iOS 8, doesn’t it? Since installing Android Lollipop, Nexus 5 users noticed that their Wi-Fi signals were not constant or their Wi-Fi wasn’t working at all. The easiest thing to try is forgetting the connection. You do that by long-pressing the name of the connection you’re not getting access to and telling Android to forget it. We found that this fix works on the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as well as other devices experiencing the same problem. When you reconnect and enter the password again, the issue should be fixed. An underlying cause of the Wi-Fi bug on the Nexus 5 could be outdated apps not optimized for Lollipop, so avoid those for the time being. Your last option here is a factory reset and if that doesn’t work, wait for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

The annoying part of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 5 is that it may come with some battery life issues. The standard battery life tips and tricks come in handy here, so I suppose I don’t need to tell you to delete apps that use a ton of power, turn off data, location access, background data for apps like Facebook, turn down brightness and do a factory reset. Those are trivial fixes, aren’t they? But they’re all everybody’s got right now if you’re having battery drain issues on the Nexus 5.

Now for the coup de grace: the memory leak bug! What’s the memory leak bug? It’s not fixed yet, that’s what it is, even though it had been spotted ever since Lollipop was in testing. Bad, bad Google! The memory leak bug causes apps to crash randomly because memory is not being processed correctly. When you get to about 300 MB of RAM in use, your apps start crashing on you. There’s no real fix for this, sadly, aside from a software update that is LATE. Supposedly, Android 5.0.2 will fix the issue on the Nexus 5, but it’s more likely to ignore it. Our best hope in this case is the next update, and if that fails, the next one. But if Google wants customers to still love the Nexus line and Android Lollipop, it will fix the issue soon.

If your Nexus 5 problem affects cellular data, then you might think it’s a doozy. Well, no. The easiest way you can probably fix it is by turning it off and on again. If this sounds like a line from The IT Crowd, my apologies (though it does work). If that doesn’t work, plug it in. Excuse me, I couldn’t help myself. Now, if your cellular data is not working on the Nexus 5, try a reboot first, to make sure it’s not just some random occurrence. If that fails, you can try the more complicated solution: updating APN settings. You do that by going to Settings, More, Cellular networks, Access point names. This is a step for advanced users so you might have to contact your carrier if you’re not sure what kind of information you should be updating at this point.

Bluetooth issues? Off and on first. The Nexus 5 might encounter Bluetooth issues occasionally, but it is usually caused by the cache or stored data within. You should clear cache and data by going to Settings, Apps, All, Bluetooth Share, Clear Cache and Clear Data. Once you’ve done that, reboot your phone and try connecting a Bluetooth device once again. If you shout success, then we’re cool. If not, there’s yet another solution. But it involves Safe Mode and stuff, so proceed with caution. Press and hold the Power button, power off the device then select OK to get into safe mode. See if it works in safe mode. If it does, then an app is to blame and you’re going to have to find it.

These few are the most common problems on the Nexus 5 since Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released, but that doesn’t mean they are the only ones. We’ve selected these ones because we’ve actually managed to find working fixes for them, except for the memory leak bug (but that deserves a mention). We hope these fixes come in handy and hope that Google decides to fix the issues we’re having soon enough with a new software update. Good luck!

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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