If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.
If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.
Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.
source: Android Developers
Owners of Nexus devices across the world are seeing Lollipop arrive. The company confirmed today that Android 5.0 is rolling out to Nexus devices. Millions are smiling right now after being previously disappointed as select non-Nexus devices received the software update to the latest version of Android. Google worked feverishly to get Lollipop out to its loyal base without any bugs or hiccups in the software.
“Dessert is served,” according to the official Twitter account of Android.
Another device out of Motorola is receiving a software update. And yes, it brings Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Moto G (2014) is receiving the latest version of Android over-the-air. The download is sized at just over 386MB. There is no indication yet as to what the status of the original Moto G’s Lollipop update is. What we do know is that this year’s Moto G has received Lollipop before just about anyone else.
Motorola proves once again that it is the best at delivering timely software updates.
Via: Ars Technica
It’s very likely that Google will release Lollipop factory images later today, but if you are in a hurry, the version for the Nexus 7 (2012) leaked overnight. Since it’s so close to release, it’s very likely this will be the final version.
The build is LRX21P and it leaked on Google’s servers so we know it’s legitimate. The only problem you might have is that you could get a signature mismatch with the bootloader. If you have a problem in fastboot, just skip it and flash system.img and boot.img.
Earlier today, Motorola posted the official update documents for the much-anticipated Android 5.0 upgrade, that’s expected to start rolling out to all unlocked variants of the Moto G (2nd Generation) in the United States within the next couple weeks.
All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. Motorola has also incorporated two of its own applications — Ambient Display and Smart Lock — into the upgrade.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
With a complete UI overhaul, enhanced functions, and a new runtime, Lollipop is the biggest Android update ever. Android’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer sat down with Business Insider to talk about how Google came up with such an amazing update.
The early roots of Material Design actually started around the same time as the Gingerbread and Honeycomb updates. That was three years ago, so it’s obvious that Google took their time to make it right.
LG has already announced that they’re close to pushing out the Android Lollipop update for the G3 in Poland, but for those of you that just really cannot wait, a leaked build of the update has shown up on XDA.
The firmware is currently only available for the F400S model of the G3, which means it won’t work on every single variant. However, the good news is that it gives others a base to work with, so it’s pretty likely we’ll see it ported to other versions of LG’s flagship pretty quickly. If you’re stuck with a device that’s going to be a few months behind the update curve, this is a good thing.
This is a title that will probably be more helpful for smartphone owners who are starting off with their first Android device, but long-time Android users may want to check it out as well. Google has released a Quick Start Guide for Android 5.0 Lollipop via Google Play Books. Although the guide specifically targets Nexus and Google Play Edition devices that will be getting Lollipop, it may still be useful for other devices as well.
OnePlus has today published details of an update it’s in the process of rolling out to all variants of its flagship smartphone, the One, currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table with regards to new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations and an important security patch.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Motorola accidentally posted release notes today for the Lollipop updates to both the Moto X and the Moto G.