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Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Rolling Out Slowly



If you haven’t received the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop update yet, you’re not alone. Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 is rolling out extremely slow and many Nexus users remain on Android 4.4 KitKat as we push further and further away from the company’s initial Android 5.0 release date.

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” though it did not outline any specific information.


Earlier this month, Google’s Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop release date 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 it delivers a number of new features including the update’s new Material Design.

In the days since its release, we’ve received tons of questions about Google’s OTA roll out and specifically, the timing of it. Many Nexus users, including those of us here at Gotta Be Mobile have yet to get the bump up to Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release. While the company hasn’t confirmed a time frame for the completion of the roll out, we know from experience that these Nexus roll outs could take a week or more to push to everyone.

Many months ago, a Google engineer outlined the OTA process, in detail, offering Nexus users a glimpse at Google’s OTA roll out process for Nexus devices. Here’s how Google typically operates:

Rollouts are conducted in phases. Typically they start at 1% of devices for around 24 – 48 hours; we watch the return rates and resulting device checkins and error reports (if any), and make sure nothing looks wrong before sending it to more. Then typically it goes to 25%, 50%, 100% over the course of a week or two.

What the percentages mean is that when your device checks in, it has a 1% chance (for example) of being offered the OTA. If it doesn’t (randomly) get an offer, it will never get an offer until the next batch.

IOW, once your device checks in and gets turned down, that’s it until the next batch. Mashing on the “check for updates” button just causes your device to check in again, and get automatically turned down again. Think about how that makes your device feel! WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE PHONES?!

That said, once the new batch does start, hitting that button does give you a new roll of the dice — but once. Since devices usually only check in for system updates every 24 hours (I think? Certainly on a many-hours basis) this can get you your shot sooner than it would happen on its own.

This is precisely how the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is progressing. We’ve seen several Nexus users report success with the OTA though many users still haven’t received the update. Our Nexus 5’s, our Nexus 7 2013’s and our Nexus 4 are still without the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop though they should be upgraded soon. Those without the update should simply remain patient because Google’s roll outs take time.

Nexus 4 Android L System Image MIA

That said, Google’s overall Nexus push isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Over the weekend, the company started pushing out its Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA for the first time and it, like the others, should take a week or so to complete. Those who aren’t keen on waiting can install the update manually through sideloading though as we’ve noted, this method has been causing problems for many Nexus users.

Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop release will also encompass the Nexus 7 LTE and Nexus 7 HSPA+ though neither of those updates have surfaced in the days after the Android 5.0 release.



  1. chetu

    11/17/2014 at 9:06 pm

    got lollipop update for my nexus 5 in india over OTA

  2. Topolino

    11/17/2014 at 10:44 pm

    Sideloaded Android L on my Nexus 5…works great…no problems with WiFi whatsoever.

  3. Denis

    11/18/2014 at 12:22 am

    stupid google
    samsung is a no go way for me since I owned horrible galaxy s i9000
    looking how poorly supported the nexus 5 I have no intention to buy another android device

  4. yo

    11/18/2014 at 1:56 am

    No update for my nexus 7 WiFi 2013 model in India….

  5. Arthur

    11/18/2014 at 7:31 am

    I haven’t got it yet =\

    • Me

      11/18/2014 at 7:50 am

      Nothing here on Nexus 7 2013 or Nexus 5 in the U.S. Surprised I did not get one of them yet. Usually it’s only a few days from release date. I guess it will be any time now.

  6. suresh Yadavilli

    11/18/2014 at 6:31 pm

    My Nexus5 updated to lollipop 5.0 … To be frank I didn’t liked instantly !!.. Let’s see how it satisfies me ??.

  7. azam

    11/18/2014 at 8:06 pm

    When OTA update for my nexus 7 2013 WiFi

  8. T

    11/18/2014 at 8:27 pm

    I received the Nexus 5 Lollipop update and now I’m not able to open my messages and I don’t get the notification that I have received a new message. I’m so pissed because I can’t uninstall this update. Starting dislike my phone for the very first time

  9. Tiziana

    11/18/2014 at 10:02 pm

    Got the update on my Nexus 7 yesterday. My tablet is now super slow and doesn’t work. Email slow keyboard is slow. Everything!!!!! Horrible!

  10. amnuel

    11/18/2014 at 11:08 pm

    I’m completely disappointed at Google’s nexus, promise to get update first than other devices. After all that was the main purpose to get a nexus. I don’t want to root my phone and lose my warranty. Sorry to say this but I’m getting an iPhone, updates are equal for everybody to wait

  11. Fiona mcfall

    11/19/2014 at 12:45 am

    Got my update and hate it … It keeps throwing me off apps and doesn’t let me post anything !!!! Am so cross right now … Hate everything about it !!!

  12. Himanshu Lodhi Rajput

    11/19/2014 at 9:46 am

    Hey! I dont know what google was thinking when they developed this update but I am pretty much sure that its certainly not what I am facing after installing this update..device performance halved…..i am very frustrasted…..roll it back Mr. Google…..I dont want beauty at the cost of performance…

    P.S. My Device is – Nexus 7 2012.

  13. Garen Loshkajian

    11/19/2014 at 6:17 pm

    Don’t have it yet on nexus 7 2013 wifi

  14. twh

    11/22/2014 at 4:54 pm

    No update yet for my Nexus 7. Based on these comments, no sure I want it anymore. The longer I wait the more I lose interest.

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