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Android 5.0/Lollipop availability


With much excitement the announcement for Android 5.0 better known as Lollipop was received by current Nexus device owners. But it also left a few questions. 
Hopefully these will answers some:

Will my Nexus device get the Lollipop update?

The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013) & Nexus 10 will all receive an update to Android 5.0 (Lollipop). The Galaxy Nexus will not get an official update. 

Which changes does the update bring?

You can find a FAQ written by Android Enthusiast JR Raphael on Computer World and an article written by Android Police.
When will Android Lollipop be available for my Nexus device?

The Nexus 6 and 9 have Android Lollipop installed by default. A minor update started rolling out for these two devices on November 12th.

The Over The Air update from Android 4.4.4 started rolling out on November 12th for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013 Wifi only) and Nexus 10.

At this time nothing is known about the update for the LTE version of the Nexus 7. 

Will I get the update right away?

As with most Android updates it will be rolled out in waves to users. This can take up to 3 weeks after availability for some devices has been announced. 
Please remember by pressing the 'Check Now' button multiple times a day in the System Updates section will not increase your chances of getting the update.  

Is there a quick way to get the update?

Yes there is, you can download the factory image for your device. 
Be cautious, the Android Developer Preview image is not the same as the final factory image for consumer use. Also updating with a factory image might result in loss of data that is not saved to the cloud. 

Will I get an OTA update if I'm using the Developer Preview version?

No, you will have to flash the factory image of Android 4.4.4 and then wait for the OTA or install the image of Android 5.0 once it is available to the public. 

Does clearing the cache and data of Google Services Framework help in getting the OTA sooner?

No it does not increase your chance of getting the OTA. It will however cause your device to not work properly with Google servers for some time. Think of out of synced notifications and error messages when opening apps connecting to the Google servers. 

The update notification disappeared for Android 5.0, what do I do?

Check if your device has enough space on it for the update to be downloaded. A safe number would be 3GB of free space. Also give your device some time to be eligible for the update notification again.

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Ramon D.
Ramon D.
Very helpful, Thanks!

Google user
Google user
You can get Android L on November 2
Scott Peachey
Scott Peachey
Thanks for the update! 
Kojo Eghan
Kojo Eghan
Hello Mweya,

You definitely wont get an official update from Samsung for your device, probably an unofficial rom like the Omnirom might be available

Hope you understand 
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