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Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10: What you need to know

There is no doubt that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be rolled out to the users later this month. Even though the Android 5.0 Lollipop official announcement didn’t bring us an ETA, we recently learned that the software update will be released for the Nexus devices on November 3rd.

It was initially reported that the WiFi-only variants of the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10 will be the first devices to receive the new update, but it seems that all Nexus devices will start receiving Lollipop starting this Monday. We are advising you to keep an eye on the notifications panel.

As usual, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be rolled out in phases, which means that some of you might not be able to download and install the update right away. You know the drill: once the system update message pops up in the notifications panel, tap on it, then follow the on screen instructions. If the system update notification failed to appear you would also want to perform a manual check under Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now.

It’s also worth mentioning that your device must run an official stock Android firmware in order to be eligible to receive the OTA update. You should also know that you will also be able to update your Nexus device using the OTA ZIP files that will be posted online on various forums. You will also be able to flash Android 5.0 Lollipop on your device using the factory images Google will post on their website. Installing Android 5.0 Lollipop using stock factory images also works if you are coming from a custom ROM, but be aware that you will have to perform a full wipe.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most major update Android has seen since its debut back in 2008. The new update is even bigger than the transition from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Android 5.0 arrives with Material Design, which is Google’s new design philosophy that focuses on realistic 3D effects and shadows, vivid colors, and responsiveness. The update also promises better battery life, while introducing battery saver mode and better battery statistics. You will now be able to see how much time it’s left until the battery is fully charged or how how much time you have left until you need to charge your device.

Lollipop comes with major improvements for the Notifications Panel and Lock Screen, as well. You will now be able to view notifications right on your lock screen and interact with them. Also, you will no longer be interrupted by notifications courtesy of the new heads-up notifications system. You should also notice that the Quick Settings button is now gone. In order to be able to access Quick Settings you will have to swipe down once to access the notifications panel, then swipe down once more to go to Quick Settings. There you will be able to find a couple of new toggles and a dedicated slider for brightness control. You will also be able to enjoy multi-users for phones, guest user profiles, and a new feature called Screen Pining.

Android 5.0 also arrives with security enhancements. The encryption is now automatically turned on, SELinux is enforced for all apps, and you will also be able to enjoy Android Smart Lock. In terms of connectivity, it arrives with improvements such as better network handoffs, better network selection logic, power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth Low Energy devices, and a new Bluetooth Low Energy peripheral mode.

The new Android iteration also promises performance improvements. The obsolete Dalvik runtime is no longer used as it was replaced by Android Runtime (ART) which is supposed to deliver with up to 4 times better in-app performance, smoother animations, and better multitasking. As you may know, the new update also comes with native support for 64-bit processors.

As I was mentioning above, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be the first one to roll out for the users. The Google Play Edition devices will most likely follow soon after, along with Motorola’s supported devices. I remind you that Motorola announced that they are planning to bring the update on all their 2013 and 2014 devices “as soon as possible.” HTC will reportedly update One M7 and One M8 in January 2015, Xperia’s 2014 flagship smartphones (Z2 and Z3) will get the update early 2015, LG said that G3 will get Lollipop by the end of the year, while Samsung is expected to deliver the update to their Galaxy S5 sometime in December.

What are your expectations for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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  • oren

    Thanks for nothing new

    • Jim Locke

      One thing I believe is new – assuming true – is it would be available to all Nexus devices, including cellular versions, starting Nov 3. Earlier, articles claimed it would be available for Wifi-only Nexus devices first, and cellular versions later. Now this may have changed. Anyway, I’m very excited to finally see it!

      • If you follow this source of information you will find out that this comes from Google telling developers that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be available to customers on November 3rd. This has nothing to do with OTA updates but instead it has to do with the Nexus 9’s release date.

        As the OP of the comment says, there is nothing new in this article

        • anonymous

          ota updates will come after factory images are posted

  • Robin Neal

    “Even though the Android 5.0 Lollipop official announcement didn’t brought us an ETA”
    How to English?

    • Krzysztof Krawczy?ski

      Not a native speaker but it makes perfect sense to me…
      Unless you just don’t know what ETA is.

      • Spoorthy Vemula

        No the grammar is pretty bad here.

      • Alex Ohannes

        Well, I’m a native speaker, and it doesn’t make sense to me at all. If that sentence had said “bring” instead of “brought”, then the grammar would have been fine.

        • Krzysztof Krawczy?ski

          Well I don’t make mistakes like this when I’m writing but noticing them is whole new thing it seems 😉

      • Krzysztof Oleksykowski

        I am not a native speaker but even with what eta stands for, it makes no syntax sense in English. It should be bring rather than brought.

        • John Mayson

          Yeah, they got their point across, but it’s still terrible grammar.

        • The correct one is “didn’t bring”, not “didn’t brought” – FYI.

      • Pouria

        Hey genius, it’s not about ETA, it’s about using bare infinitive after “did” or “did not” in a sentence. We must say, “sth didn’t BRING us…”

    • Sahil

      ETA generally means ” expect to arrive ”
      so this means that it didnt tell us the official release date of 5.0

      • Sahil

        or estimated time of arrival

      • Alex Ohannes

        That is irrelevant. If that sentence had said “bring” instead of “brought”, then the grammar would have been fine.

        • Tomáš Petrík

          Everybody is so focused on the ETA part that they miss the real mistake.

          • Pranav Vaish


          • Pouria

            Wrong, Tomas used the present third person singular form of the verb “be”, so “miss” is correct.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            Thanks, that’s right.

          • Alex Ohannes

            I don’t think so. If Tomas had said “everyone WAS so focused…” then your correction would be correct. Because “is” is present-tense, so must be the word “miss”.

      • me

        It’s Estimated Time of Arrival, not expect to arrive.

      • Jom Gapuz

        Man, it’s Estimated Time of Arrival! HAHAHA! Expect to Arrive is new.

      • surethom

        Eta means estimate time of arrival. Hope it comes to my UK nexus 5 this week?

      • Gregy T

        Not estimated time of arrival?

      • Virusfrmhell

        ETA is Estimated Time of Arrival. It’s a common acronym used in the Transport Business, along with others like ETB, ETC and ETD.

  • AAAAAttar

    Hold on… I’m just rooted my Nexus 5 not long ago, the article says “It’s also worth mentioning that your device must run an official stock Android firmware in order to be eligible to receive the OTA update.” My question… The update will roll for me too even if I’m rooted or I have to restore?

    • ayush

      U should have a locked bootloader for the update.So get ur phone unrooted ASAP.

      • Nikolaz

        You can update your phone directly from the official google website’s developer with the factory image and your ADB software

        • Nikolaz

          You don’t t need to unroot your nexus!

    • Yatharth

      I think u have to restore or u can download the update from cynogen’s website if u have the mod installed in your device..

    • Sahil

      To get the official update of 5.0 , you have to unroot your device other wise you will not get the official update.

    • Sean

      Download universal unroot..

    • Rockdocta

      Wow – what a bunch of bad information here. You don’t need to unroot. Provided you have the stock rom and the stock recovery, the OTA update will install properly.

      ninja edit: If you don’t have the stock recovery installed (e.g. TWRP/ClockworkMod), you WILL soft-brick the device. That is a fairly easy problem to recover from though should it happen.

      • David McRoy

        Did you read my answer?

        And yes: it’s absolutely ridiculous what some people are writing here.
        “To get the official update of 5.0 , you have to unroot your device other wise you will not get the official update.” – what a bunch of b***…
        “You can use Nexus Root Toolkit” – of course you can – but why?? You needn’t to…

        • Rockdocta

          I think our answers came out about the same time…I didn’t see it at the time.

      • Tukmol

        You sure about this? I Soft brick my nexus not long time ago with the twrp recovery yes I saw it installing properly with twrp but after that my nexus has stuck at google boot logo.

        • David McRoy

          Yes, I’m absolutely sure. I’ve updated my nexus twice, rooted.

          According to Google itself: if you haven’t modified any system files, YOU CAN UPDATE IT!
          If you’re rooted or not, whatever.
          The only thing you must be mindful of is that you uninstall the XPosed Framework if installed, due to its changes in system.

          Why do people spread such a nonsense here???

          • Rockdocta

            Unfortunately it’s what people do best….spread misinformation as if they know what they are talking about. I wish people just wouldn’t comment if they don’t know what they are talking about.

    • Daryn

      You can use Nexus Root Toolkit (WORKS ALWAYS FOR ME) free from WugFresh. It can automatically flash latest android update (for every update, including lollipop) will be updated as soon as it is stable and available (also includes updates to developer preview). Includes a billion tools, you do not need to unroot, re-lock boot-loader or anything to flash update. (Because lollipop is such a major update, if you flash. It is best to enable option, WIPE ALL USER DATA and perform clean install.). Try this tool, works flawless for me every time. You need a nexus device, windows computer, and the image you would like to flash (It includes them all, for you to download or manually import.) Will also automatically download a recovery for you (or manually import one). TWRP by default. Give this a try, its worth it 🙂

      • AAAAAttar

        This is what I used to root my Nexus 5 and I think what I will use to unroot it , but there alot of chit-chat over here so I will hold on till the weekend if I didn’t get the update I will restore it

    • Anthony Tremaine

      If you have stock system and stock recovery you will be fine.

    • DavidMcRoy

      Yeah, you’ll recieve the update no matter if you’re rooted or not. It only depends on if you run the original stock ROM. So if you haven’t installed any custom ROM (Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod, etc.), it’s all ok 🙂

    • Tukmol

      Yes you can get the update but never to install it or else your nexus will stuck at boot logo so restore or unroot it first.

      • David McRoy

        What a nonsense… Why do you spread evident wrong information???

  • Mohammad Kifyat

    I have a question. My nexus 5 is on the beta version of android lollipop, but can I still update mine to the full version of android L?

    • karan

      U have to first unroot it to get d update..

      • mentalshark

        In order to install the lollipop preview i did unlock my nexus 5, but i dont think I rooted my phone. In this case do i still need to lock my phone for the OTA update? Or i will have to use ADB to install it again?

        • Tarun Pemmaraju

          You probably won’t get the OTA from the preview. Your best option is to flash the factory images when they’re posted.

  • Sahil

    thanks for some imp. information rather than posting the same sh*t again and again !!

  • karan

    Do this update will fully wipe my device??..

    • japanjot

      no , it would simply update the OS, your contacts images , apps etc would stay intact.

    • aakash

      no, it will fully wipe your brain. oh wait, it’s empty anyways.

  • Amit Jha

    It says the thread has been updated in last 3 min, where is the update….stale

    • AJ

      Think that might be to stay at the top of Google News results. Or they changed “brought” to “bring”!

      • Amit Jha

        So true…

    • Viplol

      It’s due to new comments. Said mine was updated when you made your comment about it not being updated.

      • Amit Jha

        Do you really think so?

  • oblivion328

    I have a Nexus. Any idea what time today I can expect the update to arrive?

    • Myke

      You will not necessarily receive the up date today. It’s going to wifi only nexus 7s and nexus 10s first. Google send it out in waves. Today they might send it out to 20,000 people, then the same tomorrow. This means unlike when apple release a new ios and everyone jumps on it it won’t crash the servers. You simply have to wait for your turn. You will get it in due course

  • Christopher Prats

    Lollipop rollout today

  • refe19

    why didn’t I get the update yet? It’s Nov 3rd?!

  • Nexus 5 User

    The paragraph about saying that 5.0 will start rolling out on Nexus devices on 3rd of november is fake. There are no official sources found. This article is just written to atract readers for website. The Official realease will be later this month for older Nexus users. PEACE OUT. 🙂

    • Jsilvermist

      Same thing I thought the second I saw this article, it was already proven false when the first group of sites jumped on this rumor about 3 weeks ago.

      Good job keeping up to date for a tech site…

  • marhensa


    • BlackHouse

      Lol no its not. Its unofficial, some writer wanted to make a joke. Ofc u can hope, but its just time wasting.

      • marhensa

        No, the AOSP released today as we speak. but there’s no info about Factory Images though..

  • sueinphilly

    bring it ON
    I have Nexus 5 & 7 (LTE)
    Here’s hoping 5.0 update goes as smooth as Nik Wallenda on the wire last night

  • When some sees a official ota come thru to their device post it here. I’m sooooo anxious

  • P.

    What I expect from update? Without doubts I expect that Nexus 5 will will be updated to linux kernel 3.10. So far there are no indications whether if kernel will receive update or will stay on discontinued 3.4 kernel. Android 5.0 developer preview was running on old 3.4 kernel, however.

    For those who are eagerly waiting on update today, I would like to remind that updates are seeded from Google in batches. First batch usually are seeded only for 1% of devices. Google then collects results, user reports, errors and then decide if proceed with the next batch.

  • Sachin Verma

    now it’s confirmed that Android 5.0 will be “available for consumers on November 3rd.” – Anyone got notification in their phones?

  • dreamstar

    WOOHOO i got the update on my Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi). Oh wait, i haven’t 😛

  • ilia sisel

    There is no “software updates ” only “system updates” what gives? I rly want the Android l

  • parminder

    Which time available android Lollipop on Motorola worldwide ?

  • Thilan

    dafuq nothing new? im like a lunatic here, pressing check now button

    • Marko Mijailovi?

      Same here, whole damn day.

      • dafuq

        ? m in turkey and time is here almost 8 pm and i m still pressing the button : there is nothing

        • Marko Mijailovi?

          6:54 PM in Serbia – nothing.

  • nash xi

    Still no sign of the update..sigh!!

  • ankitpriyarup

    Sticked with my nexus 7 2012 & clicking on check now button in every 1/2 minute. Still no response

  • John

    it is coming now

    • Marko Mijailovi?

      You got the update?

  • Tejas

    I refreshed a lot of times and now I put my phone away.. Did not want to get obsessed.. Now it’s time for my assignments..

  • Abhishek Thakur

    When android one phones will be updated to lollipop ??

  • wahoowa

    My expectation that my next phone will be a nexus device. Waiting months for Samsung to roll out the update is unacceptable.

  • dafuq

    Ok guys it not coming today check the Google Nexus twitter account it says coming weeks again so dont waist your time

  • GalaxyNexus

    It states that lollipop will be available for all nexus devices, does that include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? I sure hope so, but I have my doubts!

  • Alexander Ivanov

    20.58 pm in Bulgaria and there is nothing

  • Brian r

    When is Moto G getting the update?

  • shashank sekhar

    when will we get update for nexus 4

    • TechMinerUK

      I know, I thought we would be using it by now

  • munya

    Almost 22.30 in zim no update as yet????

    • Guest

      No update at 20:30

  • DMC

    I have the most current nexus 7. Will the update allow me to stream Amazon prime movies? Thx.

  • Sylvain Simon

    23:30 in France, nothing…

  • pizzaman

    1100 pm in UK still no lollipop on nexus 7 2013

  • DMC

    Will this update allow the most nexus 7 device with wifi to stream video from Amazon prime?

  • Gobala Krishnan

    May i know when i can get the update for my s5????

  • Clint O


  • I just hope that this update becomes available for my Samsung Note 3 before 2016.

  • prastha

    hope it also have fix for current GPS issue in kitkat 4.4.4

  • Mukunda S Medari

    I spent nov 3 in checking the system update in that process i even came to nov 4
    Disappointed 🙁

    • Alphaeus

      It’s already 1.20pm, Nov 4 in Malaysia and still no update 🙁

      • Arthur

        Nope, both my Nexus 4(Malaysia – Digi) and 5(Hong Kong) did not receive any update, guess i have to wait patiently then, but what i curious is, i search through whole internet today althought most website stated that Google had release the Lollipop, but what i found out is that Google only release the source code to the AOSP project, so can someone told me that does this mean that Google are pushing the OTA update? Or they only release the source code? Since i can’t find any answer across any website.

  • Harsh Arjeria

    4/11/2014 – 10:46 AM in India….. Still No Updates

  • Alphaeus

    Is the OTA lollipop update still coming out on the 3rd of Nov?

  • darius

    So where is the update?

    • Alphaeus

      Exactly! Where is it? No answers and no tech bloggers are talking about this!

  • pizzaman

    No lollipop on Nov 4th on nexus 2013 🙁

  • Shrestha Prameshwar

    Hope it will fix GPS issue that occurred after kitkat 4.4.4 update in my nexus 5

  • ahmed zafor

    i could not able to update my android to lolipop in nexus 4. what can i do? when i check this it shows up to date, but it is android kitkat 4.4.4

    • MyCountryMyPrideMyGuns

      It hasn’t been released over the air yet. There was no official word from Google that it was going to be released yesterday (11/3). Just be patient.

  • $57459816

    My Nexus 10 tablet hasn’t received the Lollipop update as of 8:45am Tuesday 11032014.

    • $57459816

      Still waiting….3:30pm..nada, nyet

  • Niraj

    In my Nexus 5 WiFi direct doesn’t work….
    I hope this issue will slove in updated version…

  • Nez Nez

    I expected that Wifi calling would be enabled on all nexus devices.

  • Marek Karpecki

    I have nexus 4 and nexus 7 1st gen and still nothing :(((

  • kondzi19283

    will vodafone smart 4 get it too ?