Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect Now

Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release is making progress but the job still isn’t finished. With Android 5.0 Lollipop problems swirling and select Nexus users looking for guidance, we want to take a look at what we expect now from the Android 5.0 Lollipop update and release for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 6.

Last month, Google announced a slew of new products including a Nexus 6 smartphone, a Nexus 9 tablet, and an Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. It also confirmed Android 5.0 Lollipop for its stable of Google Play Edition devices. While Google detailed its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus users, it did not go into detail about the release date.



Earlier this month, Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date finally arrived for select Nexus users including owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7. The update, one of the biggest in the history of the Android operating system, takes Nexus users from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and delivers a number of new features including the Lollipop update’s new Material Design.

The company’s made substantial progress over the past few weeks though there are still updates left to roll out and bugs left to squash. Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release is certainly slowing down but there is work yet to be done. With that in mind, we want to make some bold predictions about the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release going forward. Our goal is to help set expectations for those of you without the Android 5.0 update and for those of you that are currently dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop problems on the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and or Nexus 9.


Here’s what we expect now from Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release, a release that will almost certainly stretch into next year for owners of its Nexus smartphones and tablets.


Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop OTAs to Finish Soon

We fully expect the active Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop OTAs, some of which have been rolling since November 12th, to finish up in the near future. We’re still hearing from people who say that they’ve set to get the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 or Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update from Google. We ourselves have yet to see the OTA update for the Nexus 7 2012 or Nexus 7 2013. Both are stock and both are Wi-Fi only. It’s strange to say the least.

Nexus 4 Android L System Image MIA

We haven’t heard anything about Google pausing the OTA upgrades for any of these devices in the U.S. so we expect the remaining Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to roll out in the near future as Google works to deliver its largest update ever to millions of Nexus devices around the world. We still recommend checking a few times a day through settings.

We also recommend taking a look at our last minute tips for Nexus users. These tips will help you formulate a pre-release plan for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for your Nexus device or devices.


Nexus 7 Android 5.0 Lollipop Releases Without Warning

Google still hasn’t announced or pushed out the Nexus 7 HSPA+ or Nexus 7 LTE Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. The delay doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that Google was extremely late with the Nexus 7 LTE Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates but it now looks like the immediate Android 5.0 roll out will drag on into the month of December.

We don’t expect it to drag on much longer than that. We’ve seen Nexus roll outs lag but we’d be extremely surprised if Google let this roll out drag into 2015. We’ve never see a major Android release stretch that far into the future. If Google isn’t holding out to release these updates as an Android 5.0.1 bug fixer, we’d expect Android 5.0 itself to roll sometime before the end of the year, before Android engineers go on vacation.


We also expect them to roll out without much warning. Google typically does not give a heads up about Nexus Android releases, the Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update is a prime example, so we sincerely doubt it will make a big deal out of the two releases.

We would also expect them to roll out in and around the same time as each other. If anything, we could see the Nexus 7 LTE Android 5.0 Lollipop lag a bit given its history but we’d be surprised if these two updates missed each other.


New Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

We expect Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop problems to continue to emerge as more and more Nexus users bump their devices up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ve already seen a significant number of Android 5.0 issues emerge in recent weeks and expect that number to grow as time goes on. We expect most of those issues to be minor, isolated issues with specific Nexus devices. We do not expect many major, experience-altering bugs to be discovered in the weeks ahead.

Bug Fix Update Within Weeks

Google typically doesn’t announce new roll outs and it’s impossible to say when a bug fix update might roll out but given the amount of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems we’ve seen emerge on the Nexus 6 and given the complaints about issues on older Nexus devices, we can’t help but think that Google is going to follow in the footsteps of its previous Android roll outs.


Historically, Google’s pushed out bug fixers a few weeks after the initial release. Last year’s Android 4.4.1 and Android 4.4.2 updates, for instance, rolled out just days after Android 4.4 KitKat. That wasn’t the first time that happened and we don’t think it will be the last. With so many problems swirling, we’d be surprised if Google held off on an Android 5.0.1 update.


We fully expect the company to deliver a bug fixer sometime in the near future that fixes some of the more obvious and most annoying bugs on Nexus smartphones and tablets. We don’t expect Google’s first update to fix every single issues and we’d expect it to bring some problems of its own. Android 4.4.2 KitKat certainly did.

Roll Out to Stretch Into 2015

Finally, we expect Google to stretch the Android 5.0 Lollipop update release for Nexus devices into 2015. That is to say that we’ll probably see at least one update push out next year. We’d expect Google to stick to its usual formula with the update which means that we expect an initial bug fix release in the form of Android 5.0.1 or Android 5.1 and then another bug fixer later in the roll out to tie up any loose ends.


Android 4.4.3 KitKat Android 4.4.4 KitKat both rolled out in June and they were massive, and necessary, bug fixers for Android 4.4.2 KitKat. We expect to see at least two Android 5.0 Lollipop bug fixers deliver fixes and enhancements to Google’s Nexus devices. Don’t sit around waiting for an announcement though. Again, Google rarely tips anything ahead of time.