Today Google has officially confirmed the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop update is finally here, with almost all smartphones and tablets getting the update as soon as today. Earlier Sprint confirmed the Nexus 5 Android 5.o update would be today, but Google themselves have just revealed the full over the air update plans.
Back in October Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop which introduces tons of changes and a completely new look and feel to the Android operating system. The update is full of visual changes, new animations, improved performance and battery life, and much much more. And now it’s coming to the Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets, the Nexus 10, and more Nexus and Google Play Edition devices soon.
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Over the past few weeks users have been patiently waiting for more details, and an array of leaks and rumors suggested November 3rd would be the official release. However, that was delayed until today, and along with the Nexus 6 going up for pre-order and being released to US carriers later this week, most Nexus owners will have Android 5.0 by the end of the day, or within the next 48 hours.
Google quickly took to Twitter and announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout has started, and that most devices will receive it soon, but a more detailed post by one of Google’s own employees in the Google Product Forum confirms everything you’ll need to know.
— Android (@Android) November 12, 2014
Above is the quick tweet that arrived this afternoon by Google’s official @Android Twitter handle, but for those looking for more details you’ll want to check out this post in the Google Product Forums.
According to Google the Android 5.0 Lollipop over the air updates have begun today for the Nexus 5, the 2012 and 2013 WiFi Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 10 tablet. There’s also a minor and final software update rolling out for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, hopefully addressing a few problems and improving performance to keep Google’s new software running smoothly.
It’s worth noting that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with 4G LTE both have yet to be added to the list, with David King stating that those updated haven’t started yet. We’re assuming they’ll take priority once the newer Nexus devices mentioned above have completed, but will keep an eye out and update the moment we know more details.
There’s no word yet on any of the many Google Play Edition smartphones running pure stock Android. Like the Galaxy S4, HTC One, One M8, and many other Google Play Edition devices. Last year they received Android 4.4 KitKat about a week or so after Nexus devices, so keep that in mind.
As a reminder, these are sent out in phases, or waves. Meaning that some users will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop on their device today, while others could be waiting a few days as this is a gradual rollout to keep the process smooth and free of issues or download delays.
Users can head into settings > about phone > and select check for updates to see if the update is ready and waiting. Otherwise simply wait for the over the air notification to arrive on your device, hit Install, and enjoy the all-new completely revamped and improved Android 5.0 Lollipop.