Google's new Android version, which we believe will be called Android 5.0 Lollipop, has been showcased today at Google I/O 2014 and the factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 will become available tomorrow for developers.

According to Google, the factory images are only preview builds and not the final version of the operating system, which means it can come with bugs or unfinished features, in order to allow developers test their apps for it and take advantage of the 5000 new APIs it comes with. Along with this, I believe the company is also expecting testers to report back the bugs they find so they can fix it before the official release to the public.

Currently it's not clear if anyone will be able to download the factory images, but we believe they will be made public. Anyway make sure we will get our hands on them if Google decides to offer them only to some specific developers and help you install them on your devices.

Hopefully Google will release the Android 5.0 factory images for other devices too, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

Android 5.0 L comes with a new design and a lot of new features, along with speed enhancements. Among the features you are going to find a new notifications window, improved multitasking, which allows Chrome Tabs and app to use multiple cards.

Once the factory images are released, we're going to install them on our devices and let you know everything you have to know about Android 5.0. We will also let you know how to easily install them without the risk to brick your device. Make sure to visit us again tomorrow if you want to get your hands on the new factory images. We expect third-party developers to port the Android 5.0 Preview on other devices too soon.

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Iain Weir · 5 years ago

Please tell me the android L update will be available for the original nexus 7 and not the 2013 model only.

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Dude McDuderson · 5 years ago

I certainly hope this "dessert/candy" naming convention will stop at the current version.

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Reinaldo Lopez · 5 years ago

4.4.4 working splendidly on my rooted GS3. Freaking awesome.

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Abinash Chakraborty · 5 years ago

Android L is starting to look a lot like Windows Phone OS

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Tarun · 5 years ago

Hahaha.. Nice one..!!

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Rahul · 5 years ago

Hahaha... Lame.

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Ocab19 · 5 years ago

Will I be able to flash a custom recovery and root? Or do this things need to be updated to work with the new version?

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Kieran Rosevear · 5 years ago

It will as you have to unlock the bootloader in order to flash the "L" release which voids warranty

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Alessandro Eppacher · 5 years ago

Google doesn't void warranties on their devices for unlocked bootloaders. And you can just relock it on Nexus devices. I have seen people hardbrick them and Google replace them anyway.

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Keefe Buxton Lehman · 5 years ago

That's because they probably don't even notice. I do support and repairs for a company that develops Mobile devices using our own version of Android based on ASOP and first thing we do when trouble shooting a returned device is reflash all the software. It's such a waist of time trying to reproduce an issue not knowing what was done to the device. Waist of money searching through settings and any other changes. I would be willing to bet most companies do the same. Otherwise is just a threat but with that said on both my 5 and 7when you unlock the device it clearly states you are voiding your Warranty.

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Alessandro Eppacher · 5 years ago

My friend quite literally told them he bricked his nexus 5 by a failed flash that hardbricked his device. He mentioned he unlocked the boot loader and google allowed him to exchange it

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Abdullah Razak · 5 years ago

wait so my nexus 4 wont be getting it but my nexus 5 will? its been 1 year and a bit since the nexus 4 has been released and its being retired

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Syukri Lajin · 5 years ago

releasing the first version of a beta software to multiple devices is not a good idea. other nexus models will probably get it after a while.

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bummed · 5 years ago

Google's answer when I complained because 4.4 was not available for my Galaxy nexus was "sorry, but he Galaxy has been around for more than 18 months.
I can understand but I am not happy about it, these phones are still decent and usable phones, they should support them for longer than 18 months

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Abinash Chakraborty · 5 years ago

Nexus 7 2012 is almost 24 months. I still got the 4.4.4 OTA update

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Justin · 5 years ago

The Nexus 7 is a tablet and the Nexus 4 is a phone. Plus the last Nexus 7 looks a lot like the current one so they don't have to worry about reformating the sizes and whatnot.

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James Muking · 5 years ago

The reason for Galaxy Nexus not having updates is due some problems between Google and the hardware vendor and drivers

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Frank Kaufmann · 5 years ago

No it is simply to old. The Galaxy Nexus runs just fine on all 4.4.4 custom roms.

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mola2alex · 5 years ago

As long as they get the play services, they will still be able to run the latest apps and features. You don't want to add all the fancy rendering of material to a phone that may run it slow.

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Di9i7ALch3mis7 · 5 years ago

Galaxy Nexus issue was actually google's contract with TI (Texas Instruments) not extending far enough to cover Firmware changes for KitKat. Which is why KitKat custom roms run fine on the device except that there's graphical glitches here and there during screenshots and stuff.

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Richard · 5 years ago

Nexus 4 is 20 months old.

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Adam Soffe · 5 years ago

It's not a final release so I don't think we'll know about Nexus 4 support until the final stable version is available.

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JayQ330 · 5 years ago

I think that the GPU or CPU are capable of doing things that the nexus 4's older hardware might be incapable... Just an assumption.

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Yazan Bucci · 5 years ago

Would applying the android 5.0 preview to my nexus 5 void my warranty?

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Peter Blanco · 5 years ago

Doubt it considering it's Google software.

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John Motschenbacher · 5 years ago

no

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umeshunni · 5 years ago

Of course it would. It's a development build and not a final release.

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