The Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date is still missing in action but it looks like it will be heading to Nexus 4 owners sometime in the near future.
Back in October, Google announced a number of new products including a Nexus 6 smartphone from Motorola, a Nexus 9 tablet from HTC, 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. At the time, the company said that the updates would begin rolling out in the “coming weeks.”
Yesterday, Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date arrived for owners of several Nexus variants including the Nexus 5 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 it delivers a number of new features including the update’s new Material Design.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is currently available to select users of the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The update is arriving Over-the-Air in stages and it’s also available as a manual download for Nexus users that are capable of sideloading. Despite these roll outs, release dates for the Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update and Nexus 7 (Cellular) Android 5.0 Lollipop update remain unconfirmed.
Canadian carrier Rogers has said that it expects the Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release to be deployed soon and it looks like that information is right on the money. Sascha Prüter today confirmed, via Android Police, that the Nexus 4 Lollipop update is “locked and loaded” which hints at an imminent release for Nexus 4 users.
While he doesn’t reveal a specific release date for the Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update, he does go on to say that it should be arriving “soon” and that he’s “not sure when exactly but shouldn’t be too long. Staging the factory images always takes some time.” At the very least, the Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update should be just over the horizon.
No word on when the Nexus 7 will get its Android 5.0 push though as we saw with the Nexus 7 LTE and Android 4.4 KitKat, it tends to lag behind the rest of the pack. Google is working tremendously hard behind the scenes to get out the remaining Nexus Android 5.0 updates and we should see them all roll out before too long.
Google also owes Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to Google Play Edition users. The company confirmed Lollipop updates for Google Play Edition devices but it hasn’t outlined the important details about who will be getting upgraded and when. Traditionally, Google Play Edition devices have followed closely behind Google’s Nexus smartphone and tablets but Google’s also very unpredictable so that’s not a guarantee.
Google’s release for Nexus devices coincides with Motorola’s Moto X and Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, both of which started earlier this week. Several other manufacturers including HTC, LG and Sony have confirmed a number of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for arrival and LG is expected to push the LG G3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out in the near future.
Samsung, the world’s largest Android manufacturer, still hasn’t announced its Android 5.0 Lollipop plans though it’s expected to release the update for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 4 at least. Those updates have all been rumored with the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates rumored for late 2014. The Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 update is expected in 2015.
Android Lollipop is a massive release for all of these devices as it delivers huge design changes and a number of new features making it the biggest Android update in years. Nexus users will be treated to Google’s brand new Material Design, improved notifications, a host of bug fixes for Android 4.4 KitKat problems, and more.