Sunday, 16 November 2014

Nexus 7 and Android 5.0 Lollipop – What’s Going On Here?

Google started releasing Android 5.0 updates for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. However, for now, only the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi variant owners are able to install the new Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Back in October, Google announced three new products: the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. At the beginning of this week, Google announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be released on several Nexus devices and these are: Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. This is one of the biggest Android update in history and it comes with several new features.
While all the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 owners can already update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, there is a slight delay for the Nexus 7 that doesn’t have Wi-Fi (the 2012 variant), as it is not yet receiving the update.
Nexus 7 is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop, but not as fast as expected
It seems that Nexus 7 is receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but things are not aren’t advancing as expected. Usually, the OTA process takes up to about one week until it’s completed, which means that all Nexus 7 Wi-Fi owners will most likely receive their Android 5.0 Lollipop sometime next week.
This rule applies to the users who have the cellular models also, but for now, as we told you, the update is not released.
Nexus 7 and Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google probably will not make another announcement about the Android 5.0 Lollipop being released for Nexus 7, so we suggest you to get your device “ready” for the upcoming OTA until it comes.
Android 5.0 Lollipop getting closer to Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 2012 variant will most likely get Android 5.0 Lollipop sooner than expected. Google has already good progress with their Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013 variant) and Nexus 10. Now, with the Nexus 4 new version being released it will not be a surprise for us to see Android 5.0 Lollipop being released for the Nexus 7 (2012 variant).
While the testing and certifications take a little longer for the cellular devices, this might take a few weeks, and we will most likely see it released sometime in late of 2014 or early 2015.
Installing Android 5.0 Lollipop faster on your device
If you own a Nexus 7 (2013 variant) and didn’t receive the OTA update yet, you can do it manually by downloading the factory images from Google. However, this will require you to wipe your device, backup your data and a lot of things that most of users will prefer to not get involved with. If you are a regular user, you can just wait for the OTA update instead.
Known Android 5.0 issues
Many users reported problems when running Android 5.0 on their Nexus devices. This is why we suggest you to backup all your data until you update your device to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also keep in mind that there are still many errors that come with the latest Android OS and they will most likely be fixed on an upcoming Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.1.