Android 5.1.1 OTA rolls out for Nexus 6 owners on T-Mobile, Wi-Fi calling now enabled

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The Nexus 6 is finally getting the Android 5.1.1 over-the-air (OTA) update via T-Mobile starting today, which means Wi-Fi calling will now be enabled for Google’s latest Nexus phone on that wireless carrier.

The update for Nexus 6 owners on T-Mobile, spotted by Android Police, updates the device’s build number from LMY47M to LYZ28E and is about 125MB. Android 5.1.1 is just an incremental release meant to fix bugs, including one for devices with encryption enabled, but the exciting development for Nexus 6 owners on T-Mobile is Wi-Fi calling.

Enabling Wi-Fi calling for the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile has been talked about for a while now. T-Mobile product evangelist Des Smith tweeted on May 12 that the wireless carrier was working with Google to squash a Wi-Fi calling bug for the Nexus 6 and that it would take seven to 10 days to fix and test. Nine days later, he tweeted: “This is shaping up to be a very Happy Memorial day weekend… #Nexus6”

On Friday, Smith tweeted an official confirmation:

The 5.1.1 OTA won’t roll out for every Nexus 6 owner on T-Mobile at the same time. Some customers will receive the update this weekend, while the rest can expect it to hit their Nexus 6 over the next few weeks. Impatient users can download the OTA and flash it manually on their Nexus 6.

Android 5.1.1 first reared its head about a month ago on the Nexus Player and has since hit the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9 LTE. A leaked document reveals that Nexus 6 owners on Sprint can expect the 5.1.1 OTA to roll out starting May 26.

On a related note, Android Police’s Shawn De Cesari says Verizon Wireless will finally activate Nexus 6 smartphones that weren’t purchased from them.

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