Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA updates reportedly begin November 3rd

by: Andrew GrushOctober 16, 2014

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While the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 will be the first two devices to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box, Google has already ensured that all current Nexus devices (including N4 and N7 2012) will also get in on the action in the “coming weeks”.

Looking for some more clarification as to when? We have now received a new tip that claims the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 will receive the Android 5.0 system images later this week alongside the SDK. While we already knew this, the wording in the statement we received suggests it might be the final images and not just updated Android L Preview images. Honestly, we admit that this would make more sense than releasing a preview so late into the game.


As for when the Nexus family will actually start getting the update pushed out over the air? On November 3rd the Nexus 7 (wifi) and Nexus 10 will reportedly receive the update first via an OTA, with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (LTE) getting it later that month.

So how certain are we of the legitimacy of this report? While it doesn’t seem to farfetched, speculation is advised. For one thing, it seems a little odd Google would push out to tablets first and leave the Nexus 5 and other devices waiting longer. There’s also no mention of the Nexus 7 (2012), unless it’s lumped together with the Nexus 7 (2013).

Still, we’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that all current Nexus devices will see Android 5.0 Lollipop no later than the end of November. Excited yet?

  • Matthew Antunez

    Pushed out over the air? Who waits for that?

    • Anonymousfella

      The general public. Or noobs, if you like! :D

      • MasterMuffin

        n00bs :D

    • JSo

      Not I.

    • jimv1983

      Me. Flashing the factory image requires a factory reset. OTA doesn’t. I don’t want to lose app data and set up my phone all over again.

      • Matthew Antunez

        You’re dumb

        • jimv1983

          Why? Am I wrong about requiring a factory reset when flashing a factory image?

          • jack

            you do know you can backup app data very easily these days, right?

          • jimv1983

            Really? Without rooting? Please explain. A few of my app’s data (a car millage tracking app and SMS back up utility for example) can be backed up but still requires copying to another location (computer or cloud) then transferring back and restoring.

            I did try a utility called Helium when moving from my old Galaxy S2 to my current Nexus 5 but the restore didn’t do anything.

            If you have another solution (that doesn’t require rooting) I’d love to hear it.

            Also, backing up app data(if possible), texts, etc, flashing the update, reinstalling apps, restoring backups, setting everything up (home screens, contacts, accounts) is so tedious (although not hard). I’d much rather just tap “Update Now”, wait a little while and be done with it. If I have to wait another week or 2 to be able to do that then so be it.

            If you want to go through all the other stuff to get it now then go ahead.

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  • JSo

    OTA? Ppsshhh. Factory images is where it’s at.

  • jacob martinez

    What about galaxy s5? :c

    • Sam Del Valle

      January……….of 2016 :D

      jkjk but it’ll hit soon

      • jacob martinez

        Jeez I would hope not. Its a pretty new phone.

        • Samsung has already confirmed that the Note 4 ,the Note Edge and the Galaxy S5 will get Android 5.0 between the end of November and the start of December(this year)

          • jacob martinez

            Aw man. That’s gonna take forever. I wanted to fit in with the cool kids. Lol

      • jacob martinez

        I would hope not. ._.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      good luck!

      • jacob martinez

        Thanks xD

  • Guest

    Flash all the system images

  • Alicemad

    Who cares for OTA give me the factory image and I will flash it right away

  • Malcolm Denham

    What about the nexus 10 :(

    • JSo

      It’s in the article. It will get the OTA too.

      • Malcolm Denham

        Oops sorry, thanks panic over

  • Guest

    Flash all the system imagesssss

  • Nahian Kabir

    So if google already releases the images, why wait so long for the OTA updates? Last time Google released the OTA updates within two days of releasing the factory images.

    • JSo

      We might get the images tomorrow. But some people aren’t comfortable using them.

    • Lhadalo

      Probably this only is only preview images that are nearly ready but not fully

  • …I need a new Moto G to try this beauty… damn thieves!!!

  • Rndmz

    Can’t wait!!

  • The Doom Master

    Great … and more great that it comes to a lot of devices .. :)

  • My N4, my N7, my father’s N4 and my mom’s Moto G are ready. Give it us now!

    • My sister’s Moto G GPE; mom and brother’s Moto E are ready!

      • scikick

        replacing the device names with something else in my head..

  • perhac88

    I’d love if they gave out the full factory images for the 5 Friday. It would make sense since it’s so close to release that it would be the full release, and also that they’d say it’s a preview so developers will be the ones to get it.

    Although lets be honest even if the preview is the full release but just for developers, it wont go to just developers ;)

  • AbbyZFresh

    If Moto manages to update my new X phone before Google updates the Nexus products. I would be legitimately shocked.

    • It took Google 2 months or so before they updated the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE variant with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Well after Motorola pushed out their 4.4.4 updates

    • Simon Belmont

      That already happened once a year ago. The Moto X on Verizon got Android 4.4 before the Nexus 4 did.

      It was only by a couple days that it got it first, but it did go down that way. Oh well.

  • Tim Mark

    That’s why I’ll only buy Nexus devices! It was bad enough waiting when I had a Galaxy Nexus and had to wait because I didn’t have the proper build (YAKJUUX vs. YAKJU because I purchased it from a carrier). Now I have only current devices purchased directly from the Play Store.

  • ast00

    Meh. Wait for a MultiROM compatible version. Should take about… 2 hours after release.

  • KingofPing

    The tablets getting it first does make a little sense – no cellular/radio/LTE licensing issues. The LTE version of their Nexus 7 has always lagged behind in updates, and the assumption many make is that it’s due to the licensing for those bits related to LTE.

  • Link your source!

  • Well that just shows what shit reporting Android Authority do.

    Direct from Google

    ” Developers, get ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop! Check back 10/17 for Android 5.0 SDK & updated Nexus preview”

    • LastMinuteBugFix

      note “Nexus preview”

    • Flex360

      That’s the preview image you tard. Not the final version

    • Android 5.0 SDK & updated Nexus preview

      Note the word SDK and PREVIEW. This is not the general release.

  • Clinton

    I just can’t help but notice, there is no mention of Android One devices. . . hmmm. . Curious!!!

    • I think all Android One devices were promised the Android L update during the big event in India

      • Clinton

        Yes, they were, but not after yesterday’s launch though.

        • Ritik Shah

          If Google doesn’t push out the update to the Android One devices quickly, I am going to sue them.

  • TheGiack28

    Daje cazzo!

    • Guest

      daje spero che nun è na cazzata

  • oldcampos

    I wish…for Android 5.0 Lollipop for my S3 i9300…

    • Derek White

      Join the Nexus family! We have candies (no pun intended). Nexus 5 is still a very beastly phone and a good upgrade

      • Chris Eager

        Yeah, just because Sammy devices have better specs doesn’t mean they run any better than a Nexus. Any Nexus device I’ve owned runs smoother with no lag, than any Samsung I’ve had, including the Note 2 which I just sold…kept my Nexus 5 instead.
        Nexus is best.

  • Nexus619

    i hate the fact that i have to wait till nov to get the damm ota im a fan of google cause they release the updates really fast but this is too long :/

    • Nexus619

      yes i am a noob -_-

    • Flex360

      So wait for the factory images

  • Joe Smith

    Hail DuARTe

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    so if they release the final image tomorrow why do they gotta wait 2 weeks to release the ota? what are they planning to do for these 2 weeks?

    • Wait for bug reports that internal testing has missed so things like “my phone can’t make phone calls” don’t hit devices with OTA updates…. you know…. like some companies…..

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        ok thank you. and other brands like motorola, sony lg and others will start to work to their firmwares after the factory image release or they’ll wait fot the final OTA on november?

        • Normally the code drops into AOSP around the same time as factory images are posted online. But no-one really know if manufacturers get hold of the code before the general public gets it – or if we all get it at the same time.

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            ok thank you so much. so if they release the final factory tomorrow, tomorrow they realease the code as well and everyone can take that? am i right?

          • Yeah. But they were pretty clear that it was just an updated preview they were releasing tomorrow.

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            ok… we’ll se tomorrow ;) anyway if tomorrow will be a preview again all your info you gave me will be usefull for when they’ll release the final update :) thank you again.

  • Flex360


    Where’s your source android authority?????

  • Flex360

    Android authority please list your source.

  • Julian Casio Santana King

    And the wait continues

  • adambucci

    Are there any official, non preview android L images to available to flash on a nexus 5 right now, or do they arrive along with the OTA?

  • Karly Johnston

    They are pushing to the tablets first because they sell 3X as many.

  • Vigneshwaran

    What about android one family…?

  • Mariugo Megiani

    Any news about the images so far? its the 17th already cmon!

  • guest2

    hey i want it as fast as possible give us the FACTORY IMAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • N00B

      hey me too

  • There’s no way it’s the final image. If the image is being hosted on, it’s a developer preview. As we all know, the final production images go on

  • Paul

    Given that the Nexus 5 would benefit most from the improved battery management promised in Lollipop, and that many Google employees are using the N5, I would expect the OTA to reach it sooner rather than later. Unless, of course, they all get shiny new N6 phones, which they will. Some of us don’t get a new phone every year.

  • Chito

    Can somebody explain why they always do this staggered roll out? Apple always seems to push out everything for everyone at almost the same time and iOS devices outnumber Nexus devices by what seems like a factor of 100.. The recent OS X update (a 5 GB update) was made available to everybody within one day.

    • timvasvi

      They stagger it so that a small number of devices get the update, check in and make sure everything is running as it should. If things seem to be going well, it pushes to more and so forth. Just means that if there are any issues arising they can sort it before mass panic ensues, like Apple clamoring to patch flaws after millions of people complain it didn’t play nice with their phones.

  • simranjeet

    i have a nexus 7 2013 device,when i will get the android L OTA