Nexus 9-19
After being stuck on Android 5.0.1 for way longer than it should have been, earlier this week, Nexus 9 owners were given an update for their devices, but not to Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 — to Android 5.0.2. For those that were disappointed, angry, or flat out confused by the move, the good news is that the update to Android 5.1 is finally here … Almost.

Taking to Twitter, the Nexus team revealed that the Android 5.1 OTA will begin rolling out to the Nexus 9 starting today. In Google’s usual fashion, we can expect the rollout to happen in gradual stages, so don’t be surprised if it is still a few days or even weeks before the OTA hits your device.

With the Nexus 9 Android 5.1 update finally on its way, it seems pretty obvious that the 5.0.2 update was rolled out as a necessity, to set the stage for a 5.1 rollout, and not to further anger Nexus 9 owners. Of course letting folks know Google’s intentions through some kind of an announcement earlier this week probably would have been a smart move.

While the tweet mentions Android 5.1, it is possible this is actually 5.1.1, but we wouldn’t bet on it just yet. Still, Android 5.1 brings a number of bug fixes and other minor improvements, and we are glad that the Nexus 9 is no longer being left out in the dark. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as OTA images start rolling out, or Google posts up the factory images.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Dan McSweeney

    Apparently the 5.0.2 update from earlier this week is bricking Nexus 9 for some people. Even one of the guys at Android Police bricked his.

    • Mark Southee

      I was one whose Nexus 9 was bricked by 5.0.2. I can’t fault Google support though. I had a new one within 24 hours, which happily updated to 5.0.2 (I updated before attempting to re-load my apps, and made sure USB Debugging was on, to be on the safe side!).

      • Dan McSweeney

        Glad you got sorted out by Google, Mark.

  • Marty

    “Google: Nexus 9 will get Android 5.1, starting today!”

    Good. But when will it get HDMI output?

  • VAVA Mk2

    It is 5.1.1. Google confirmed on G+