Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.
The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below.
Source: Google Developers
Lollipop is the latest and greatest version of Android from Google, but like all new software, there are a few bugs. The newest release has already had a few issues (that were promptly fixed) but now it looks like some Nexus devices are being bogged down with a memory leak on Android 5.0.1.
The issue causes the Android system to use up to over 1 GB of RAM instead of the typical 500 MB, so you’ll see tons of apps being force closed and home screen redraws. It’s not a devastating glitch, but it’s enough to be pretty annoying, especially if you like to use tons of apps at once.
Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.
The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.
[Google Play Link]
Another carrier in the United States has the Nexus 6 available to its customers. The latest Nexus phone arrived online today on U.S. Cellular’s website. The regional carrier, sitting at fifth largest in the United States, has each and every color and storage option. With a two-year contract, the base 32GB model is $199. The price for the 64GB, contract included, is $249. The same devices without any contract go for more than $650 and $700, respectively.
Source: U.S. Cellular
Android updates are typically met with an assortment of bugs, and the rollout of 5.0 Lollipop has been no different, if not worse, than previous updates. Over the past month, users across a wide range of Nexus devices, including the built-for-Lollipop Nexus 6 and 9, have reported issues with WiFi, sluggishness, app crashes, and more. If you have Nexus 7, 9, or 10, there’s already a 5.0.1 update waiting for you.
One special aspect of Nexus devices is the super quick updates a Nexus user will get when a new OS is released.
On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.
The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.
Source: Google [Play Store Link]
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, for $249.99 from Best Buy. The handset is only available in the Midnight Blue colorway and ships factory locked to either AT&T or Sprint.
Lollipop is fantastic. It’s one of the best operating systems Google has ever put together, and it’s a dramatic overhaul compared to what we’re used to seeing in Android. However, it’s not without its own share of bugs and glitches, which we’re starting to see more and more of.
The latest issues are being reported by Nexus 4 and 5 users that have taken the Lollipop update. Some of those devices are certain carriers are unable to send text messages, and they’re being shown an error code 38 whenever they attempt to send something. Receiving text messages is seemingly unaffected, but that’s still half of the texting experience that’s broken.
Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?
In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.
But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details: