Android 5.0 Lollipop for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 OTA Rolling Out, Download Factory Images

by Chetan Bhawani 12

Android 5.0 Lollipop

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.

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 [2013] (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.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Code names are very cool :p

  • Joshua Akinsola

    Lucky for nexus users who of course have the full backing of their google makers. They get to taste what lollipop has to offer right now. But eventually it will get to other phones. My phone is terrible and only has 4 custom roms most likely there won’t be lollipop on mine which will probably slow it down to snaila but it never hurts to dream

  • Suraj Racharla

    The codes names are the names of Japanese sea monsters. Also the wallpapers look amazing !!!!

  • Suraj Racharla

    The code names are japanese sea monsters

    • Nikhil Narkhede

      most of them are the names of different fish.

      • Suraj Racharla

        I think it is their tradition to do this

      • something VERY contrasting to the dessert names of android updates!!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Just done on nexus 4

    • kris

      Any issues found so far after flashing it? cause I’m planning to do the same.

    • Suraj Racharla

      i thought you had a galaxy phone?

      • Shanky Yadav

        my dad have I have a basic smartphone as you know Indian parents worry more.

    • how is it? i hope its what you expect it to be you must have a large selection of devices!!