The Nexus series is finally getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update and that didn’t take long. Nexus fans rejoice, as Motorola has not still sent the updates to the Moto X and Moto G fully, except for the Pure edition devices, thus you are still the first to receive the new Lollipop update on your smartphone or tablet.
The factory images for Android Lollipop are already available on the Developers website, thus if you have a good knowledge about it and are ready to wipe off all content and give it a try, you can download the factory image and flash it to your device. It is the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 that are going to get the 5.0 Lollipop, and Nexus S and such earlier devices are out of the list.
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The Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 versions (Wi-Fi), Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 will soon receive the OTA updates, but below is the information for downloading the factory image if you are impatient.
The new Android 5.0 Lollipop is said to come with the new Material Design, which looks flatter, colorful and responsive. Although this news about OTA update might be a good surprise, don’t be excited already because you could be low down in the line and the rollout is done in phases, so it may reach your device even in a day or may take weeks.
Download Factory Images of Android 5.0 Lollipop for your Nexus device
The factory images are available on the developer website, and you can download one for your device here. Following are the devices and codename of the factory image for the particular devices.
- “fugu” for Nexus Player: Android 5.0 (LRX21M)
- “volantis” for Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi): Android 5.0 (LRX21Q)
- “hammerhead” for Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE): Android 5.0 (LRX21O)
- “razor” for Nexus 7  (Wi-Fi): Android 5.0 (LRX21P)
- “mantaray” for Nexus 10: Android 5.0 (LRX21P)
- “nakasi” for Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi): Android 5.0 (LRX21P)
- “occam” for Nexus 4: Android 5.0 (LRX21T)
How to flash the Factory image?
If you don’t know already, this isn’t an easy ride to hop on. We’d be sharing a guide very soon, for the easiest way to flash the factory image on your Nexus device, but before doing that you need to take a full backup of the data because a new factory image gives the phone/tablet a totally fresh start, with all the data deleted.
You need to use the adb tool to flash the image, and that has to be installed on your computer before a few commands are executed, and certain button combinations are used to flash it.
If you can wait for the official update on your Nexus 5, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, you can. The rollout has begun, so wait and you will see the update on your device very soon.
Not using a Nexus device and own any other smartphone? check the Lollipop update list to see if you are one of those lucky users to get the update anytime in the future.