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Android Lollipop 5.1 factory images are now ready for download

Just hours after the official announcement, Google has begun to distribute factory images of Android 5.1 for those who wish to manually update their Nexuses.

Published onMarch 9, 2015

Lollipop statue Android Google straight on

Just a few hours ago, Android 5.1 became official, though it had been spotted running on Android One devices earlier this year. The new build includes three main features, multiple-SIM card support (a staple for many Asian devices), device protection, and HD voice calling along with bug fixes and the likes.

While there are no concrete details as to when the update will arrive OTA, Google has thankfully begun to post the factory images. Those who know what to do need only click on the link below, find their device, get their download on, and patch away. For those who aren’t quite sure what to do with a factory image, we have a guide that should help you along the way. Keep in mind that the guide was written for Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the same steps apply. Be aware that making a mistake with the process may brick your device, so please do so at your own risk.

The factory images are available directly from Google and can be accessed by clicking this link.

For reference, the images for the following devices are currently provided (the list will be updated as more devices are added):

  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012 (Wifi)
  • Nexus 10

The following are currently unavailable:

  • Nexus 4 – Pending Release
  • Nexus 6 – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2012 (Mobile) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2013 (Wifi) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 7 2013 (Mobile) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 9 (Wifi) – Pending Release
  • Nexus 9 (LTE) – Pending Release
  • Nexus Player – Pending Release

Anyone flash Android 5.1 to your Nexus yet? If so, how is the experience treating you, notice any improvements so far?

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