Nexus 4 to get Android Lollipop

Just as promised earlier this week, Google released today the SDK for Android 5 Lollipop, as well as preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013).

Google released the final API level 21 and the Android 5.0 SDK, but the images are not final end-user images, as we were hoping.

Here’s where you can download the Android 5 SDK. More information on Android 5.0 APIs can be found here.

And here’s where you can download preview images for the two supported devices. Direct links:

These being preview images, there may still be some bugs inside, as well as other differences from the retail version that will begin hitting Nexus devices on November 3. As such, it’s recommended you simply wait it out, unless you know what you are doing and you are really eager to jump from KitKat or Android L to real Lollipop. With that said, previous preview images have been fairly stable, as my colleague Andrew Grush, who’s been running them since early summer with no major issues, can attest.

The release of final APIs level 21 means that developers can begin to create new apps that take advantage of Lollipop’s features, as well as update existing apps with Material Design and more. My guess is it will be just days before the first updates begin streaming in, so the next weeks and months should pretty exciting for Android fans.