Sprint says Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 6 is due to land today, with SMS/MMS fixes and factory reset protection.
Following the recent availability of Android 5.1 factory images for the Nexus 5, 10 and 7 (2012), it looks like Google's latest Nexus phone is next on the list. U.S. operator Sprint has updated its Nexus 6 support pages indicating that the same build — LMY47D — is set to roll out starting today, March 11.
Sprint's Android 5.1 changelog:
• Factory Reset Protection
• Enhancements to sending MMS messages in the UK
• Fixed duplicate SMS messages being sent
Among the changes, Sprint lists factory reset protection, a feature we already knew was coming, alongside a couple of surprises. Also listed are "enhancements to sending MMS messages in the UK," a likely reference to the APN weirdness that affected Google Messenger on 5.0 when using certain carriers.
Sprint also says the update provides a fix for duplicate SMS messages being sent on the handset, which might provide hope for N6 owners experiencing the well-documented text messaging issues with the phone on Sprint's network.
Because there's no special Sprint SKU for the Nexus 6, an Android 5.1 update for Sprint's N6 would mean an update for every Nexus 6.
Carrier support docs don't have a 100 percent track record when it comes to predicting OTA release dates. However with Android 5.1 already available for some Nexus devices, there's a good chance Nexus 6 owners will see their Android 5.1 update before long. Stay tuned to Android Central to find out when it lands.
Source: Sprint Support Documents
Newer model: Nexus 6P