Google’s Nexus Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is rolling out slowly to Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users though there is now a way for Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 users to skip the company’s Over-the-Air updates.
Several weeks ago, Google started rolling out an Android 5.0.2 Lollipop bug fix update to owners of the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 2012. The update delivered a number of key fixes aimed at Android 5.0 Lollipop problems plaguing the aging former flagship. At the time, Google did not announce whether or not the update would land for other Nexus models. The answer to that question was finally answered last week.
Last week, Google released factory images for the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. These new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates follow in the footsteps of the original and the two started rolling out Over-the-Air at the tail end of last week. We received the update on the Nexus 7 2012 on Thursday, shortly after Google released the factory images and binaries.
Google’s OTA upgrades are well known for their slow travels. The roll outs are random and they typically progress over a week or more leaving Nexus users waiting in the dark for their new software. This is precisely what is happening here with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop as Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users continue to wait for their Android 5.0.2 Lollipop release.
While those updates continue to move at a slow pace, there is now a way to get them on board the devices without waiting for the OTA update to arrive. The OTA files have been discovered lurking on Google’s server giving Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 users a chance to manually install the software through the sideload process.
Those touting the Nexus 10 with build LRX22C currently on board can sideload this file to make the move up to LRX22G. Only veteran Nexus users will want to sideload the software because there is always a chance that something could get fouled up during the installation process or after it. Sideloading is known to cause problems.
Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi users who are on LRX22C can download this file to move to LRX22G while Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi users on build LRX21P can pull down this file to move to LRX22G. All of these updates, including the Nexus 10’s, are extremely small and should only take a few minutes to download and install on board the device.
Those who aren’t familiar with the sideloading process are encouraged to wait for the OTA update to arrive, something that should happen this week as the speed of the OTA picks up. Again, the roll outs are unpredictable so Nexus users will simply want to check through the device’s settings a couple of times a day to see if the update is there.
It’s not clear if Google plans to roll out any more Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. The company’s cellular versions of the Nexus 7 remain on Android 4.4.4 KitKat despite the Android 5.0 Lollipop release being several months old. The original Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started rolling out all the way back in November around the time the company pushed out the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 smartphone.
Google’s other Nexus devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 6 remain on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, another version of Lollipop that delivered bug fixes for initial Android 5.0 Lollipop problems.
The company is reportedly working on an Android 5.1 Lollipop update though we haven’t seen any credible rumors emerge since the initial report outlined Google’s supposed plans. The Android 5.1 update reportedly is much bigger than Android 5.0.2 and Android 5.0.1 though without any concrete information, the update is still just a rumor.
For now, Nexus users must contend with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and keep a watchful eye out for more roll outs from Google in the future.