The past few months have been pretty busy for Google with the announcement and launch of the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and the all-new completely redesigned Android 5.0 Lollipop update. And while many are just recieving the Nexus 9, and trying to pre-order the sold out Nexus 6, many current Android owners are anxiously awaiting the Android 5.0 updates arrival.
While a new Nexus smartphone and tablet from Google are important and exciting, the release of the next version of Android will be even more important moving forward for the millions of Android users and all manufacturers, not to mention the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.
The Nexus 9 is the first device that will be powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is available now, but when the November 3rd release date arrived many expected updates to current Android devices, but that never happened. Google’s slowly updated all its key apps for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and rumors suggested it would rollout on November 3rd, but it’s apparently seen a small delay. Read on for the latest news.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released behind closed doors, but it’s yet to actually become available for smartphone and tablet owners. Google pushed the code to the AOSP, and we’ve confirmed that manufacturers have received it as well. HTC even confirmed on the 3rd that Google sent them Android 5.0, and we can expect the HTC One series to see updates within 90 days.
So what about everyone else? Google confirmed the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 and 2013) Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices would be updated to Android 5.0 “in the coming weeks” back on October 15th. However, that’s yet to happen. Many expected updates to start on the 3rd, but now we’re hearing Android 5.0 Lollipop’s actual release date has been pushed to November 12th.
According to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police, his sources have confirmed the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for current Nexus devices has been delayed to November 12th due to a few outstanding bugs. Here’s his exact words.
Hey guys, I just got word from one of our tipsters that the first OTAs got delayed due to some outstanding bugs, now currently scheduled for the 12th.
The first over the air updates are reportedly headed to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 first, with updates to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 coming a few weeks later. That being said, the Nexus 6 release date is officially November 12th on T-Mobile, so it’s highly possible we’ll see a huge push of Android 5.0 Lollipop to all Nexus devices during the same day, if not that week.
It’s worth noting that the only device available now with Android 5.0 Lollipop is the Nexus 9, which has an update waiting with the latest version right out of the box. The early developer preview is still available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users, but you’ll likely want to simply wait another week for the official updates on or around November 12th.
Those looking for more details and a quick look of Android 5.0 Lollipop can check out our Nexus 9 hands-on video linked to below.
Read: Nexus 9 Hands-on
All reports and rumors suggested November 3rd was the release date, but that obviously wasn’t the case for the Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to begin. The latest rumor is suggesting November 12th, but the bugs could be fixed ahead of time and start rolling out this weekend.
We’ll keep an eye out for more details, and factory images for previous Nexus devices, and update the moment we know more. All said and done, the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop should be here sooner rather than later, so hang in there, and stay tuned.