Earlier this month, the folks at Google officially announce the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, but they failed to reveal when the new firmware will be released for the public. We told you soon after that Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 might get it November 3rd, but now it's confirmed that Android 5.0 will be "available for consumers on November 3rd."

As you may know, starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has changed the way major Android updates are released. Until now, we had two major updates a year (one in the summer and one in the fall), but Android 5.0 was introduced in June and made available for testing purposes as Android L Developer Preview for a couple of months, before it will be released for the public on November 3rd. In a note sent to developers, Google recommends them to "test your apps and publish any needed updates to the Play Store," before the new update is released on November 3rd.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Date

The official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement also brought us two new Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet. The former one is a Motorola-made phablet with 6-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) screen, quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP main camera with OIS and dual LED flash, 3,200 mAh battery and 32/64 GB of internal storage, while the tablet comes with an 8.9-inch 4:3 screen with 1536 x 2048 resolution, 64-bit dual-core 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP primary shooter, 1.6 MP user-facing camera, and 16/32 GB of native storage. Both devices come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

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 new update right away. Once your terminal becomes eligible to receive the new update you should be able to notice a system update message in the notifications bar. Tap on it, then follow the on screen instructions. In case the system update notification fails to appear, you would also want to perform a manual check under Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now. If you want to install Android 5.0 Lollipop before the OTA rolls out for your device, you can also flash a factory image as soon as they are made available by Google. Anyway, this procedure will fully wipe your device.

Lollipop is no doubt the biggest update Google's mobile operating system has received since its debut. It's even bigger than the jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Android 5.0 introduces a new design philosophy called Material Design which revolves around vivid colors, responsiveness, and realistic 3D effects and shadows. It also arrives with better battery life and improved battery statistics. You will be able to enjoy battery save mode, and statistics like how much time you have left before needing to charge your device, or the estimated time until the battery is fully charged.

The new update brings enhancements for the Notifications Panel and Lock Screen, too. Notifications will be displayed on your lock screen and you will be able to interact with them, heads-up notifications will allow you to continue to view what's on your screen without interrupting, and the notifications are prioritized more intelligently. The new Quick Settings menu brings more toggles, a dedicated slider for brightness, and it is now accessed with two swipes down from the top of the screen. You will also get multiple users for smartphones, guest user profiles, and Screen Pinning (you can pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff).

The security improvements brought by the Android 5.0 Lollipop update include encryption automatically turned on, SELinux enforcing for all apps, and Android Smart Lock. Connectivity-wise, the update brings enhancements such as better network handoffs, enhanced network selection logic, power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth Low Energy devices, and a new Bluetooth Low Energy peripheral mode.

Without a doubt, you should also be able to notice performance improvements after you update your device to Android 5.0. The update replaces the obsolete Dalvik runtime with ART, the latter one promising up to 4 times performance improvements, smoother UI animations, and enhanced multitasking. Lollipop also introduces native support for 64-bit processors.

After the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is rolled out for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, you should also expect it to arrive next on the Google Play Edition devices. There are several Android OEMs that already announced their plans to bring Lollipop on their devices. Motorola promised to bring it on all their 2013 and 2014 smartphones "as soon as possible," the first Sony devices will get updated early 2015, while HTC's One M7 and One M8 will reportedly receive the update January - February.

Are you excited about the Android 5.0 Lollipop update? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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edwin · 5 years ago

my nexus 4 totally bug since last update !: i need to restat after using any app... please help

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Sarvesh · 5 years ago

I got the update. And it is 394.4 mb size and it tells we must have atleast 500 mb space in our cell. And I have more than 500 mb but still it tells insufficient storage to download..

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Paul · 5 years ago

I have issues with Lollipop on my Nexus 7. Periodically, it seems to go away for a bit, then eventually comes back. The more annoying problem is that it decides to reboot every now and then. This happened just a few minutes ago as I was attempting to log in.

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DIPAKg. · 5 years ago

When update my nexus 4 ""L"" 5.0

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Jose · 5 years ago

I wonder when android 5.0 comes lollipop for the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi I am excited

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Alfredo · 5 years ago

SON LOS MEJORES GOOGLE SE BOTARON CON LA ATUALIZACION..ALFREDO

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Juliana · 5 years ago

Yes i like

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UncleNine · 5 years ago

Does this article say that 5.0 wipes your device? I have the earlier Nexus 7.

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chadwick · 5 years ago

Always excited about new updates from Google, that's why I will always own a Nexus device or pure Android systems. I've been able to teach myself a significant amount of Android capabilities and development tools. Its become a passion and possibly future employment within the technology field. Websites like Android Geeks have become the new classroom and learning source.

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Ayaz · 5 years ago

Waiting for the update on my Nexus 4! Hopefully my LG G Pad will also get it, but if not, I'll install a custom rom

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Shaun McNulty · 5 years ago

Does this update mean the N5 will get wifi calling on T Mobile?

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David · 5 years ago

I'm excited to get to play with it on my wife's nexus 5. I'm gonna be disappointed if I don't recieve the update on my Samsung Note 3 though. By the way, i have just recently found your website and just so you know, i freaking love it. I read every article and always look forward to the next one.

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raist · 5 years ago

Wow! My comment was down voted. Was it because it showed that this article made an incorrect assumption?

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Dhruv Srivastava · 5 years ago

I can't wait for it. Especially the switch to ART is going to pump steroids in my N7.

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Greg · 5 years ago

Love it! I can keep my N4 and run lollipop. Can't wait!!!!!

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Harsimran singh · 5 years ago

Very very EXCITED.. Just waiting to see a notification on screen for update .. :D

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CyrealKiller · 5 years ago

I have the updated preview version on my Nexus 5, and it's been great. What a difference I'm the battery department...

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Sandi · 5 years ago

When will it come to the lg g3??? I am excited for ART!!

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robb gifford · 5 years ago

Chainofire was pretty much warning all of u

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robb gifford · 5 years ago

Just wait till u have no root

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Joshua Hutchins · 5 years ago

Unless you have a nexus device....

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raist · 5 years ago

The message to developers doesn't really confirm that it will be available to other Nexus devices on November 3 outside of the Nexus 7 and 10. It says "available to consumers on November 3”. This will still be true even if it's just released to all Nexus 7 and 10 devices on the said date.

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applewho · 5 years ago

This is why I love Google and love my nexus. Sorry apple users bigger screen is so 2012. Android actually updates our phones.

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parminder singh · 5 years ago

Motorola on which time available android Lollipop
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Sheikh Aaron · 5 years ago

Excitedly waiting for the BIG update on my N7 and eagerly anticipating the arrival of my 'pre-ordered' NEXUS 6!! ?

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Sunny · 5 years ago

I'm waiting for the android lollipop 5.0 update for my moto G 2nd gen

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bulldurham · 5 years ago

Wish it was sooner because apps are becoming unstable because of upgrades to make them compatible with 5.0.

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Silvrr · 5 years ago

Im waiting for Cyanogenmod 12

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mcdonsco · 5 years ago

Ummm...this only says android 5 comes to consumers on November 3rd because that's when the new nexus is available.

Doesn't say anything about existing nexus devices getting it that day.

Some reporting guys.

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affan · 5 years ago

Cant wait for update on my nexus 5!!!

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T_T ? · 5 years ago

How can I prevent my nexus 7 from updating to Android 5? My gut tells me it's going to slow down my device just like Kit Kat slowed down Nexus 7 2012 immensely.

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yolanda · 5 years ago

I can't wait for the new update on S3.. Hope it looks great. And battery life I have to see how this works out.

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chandran kenthorai · 5 years ago

waiting for that happiest moment of android l update on my nexus 5

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XCMeathead · 5 years ago

Think you've read a bit too much into what they've said there - all they're saying is the public will get their hands on Lollipop form 3rd November. That doens't mean it'll be released on all devices on that date! The Nexus 9 is due for release on that date, and that's probably what they're referring to.

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N0V3Mb3r 3tH · 5 years ago

Waiting to see if this update will be available on 3th November to Brazil here. I'm so fuc***g excited to get the Android Lollypop on my Nexus 4!

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Steve D · 5 years ago

I can't wait very excited to get update 11/3 can't come soon enough

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Dupras Jean Marc Burrise · 5 years ago

use my tablet to use images and pictures on them very day honest man it was a bomb

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hk · 5 years ago

Yea excited for th Lollipop

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dani · 5 years ago

Any news for Galaxy S5 dates?

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jimv1983 · 5 years ago

Knowing Samsung I'm guessing the Galaxy S5 unlocked version will get 5.0 sometime in March. Carrier versions probably in April or May. However, considering Samsung's issues with updates causing problems I'd so l skip the update anyways.

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Joshua Hutchins · 5 years ago

I believe the term you are looking for is cyanogenmod 12 or PA 5. :P Problemo solved.

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jimv1983 · 5 years ago

I was obviously referring to OTA updates. I'm pretty sure that is what the original poster was referring to as well.

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Mark G. · 5 years ago

I wouldn't hold my breath, if I were you.

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Ritesh Gupta · 5 years ago

it will be up on December for s5

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jimv1983 · 5 years ago

You think Samsung will get a major update out in just over a month?

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Mytheroo · 5 years ago

Hoping this will fix the GPS/compass issue, and support auto volume on asynchronous DACs

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Mark G. · 5 years ago

There is a fix on youtube you could try... It's the one that replaces a file... So you have to be rooted... If you're not... I hope Lolipop helps you

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Ani · 5 years ago

dying to hav lollipop on my n4

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bhavin · 5 years ago

Excited is such a small word indeed I am desperate

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Mark G. · 5 years ago

Desperately in need of some punctuation.

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Jan Mohammad · 5 years ago

No doubt look
ing forward for the best experience of smart phone technology and better use. Can't wait to update my N5. Thanks very so much.

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Gregy T · 5 years ago

Yes!

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Sree · 5 years ago

Curiosity...!!!!!!! Android 5.0.......!!!! Yummy

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del · 5 years ago

Can't wait looking forward to this update just hope it,runs well

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Vinay Kumar Tadala · 5 years ago

Need this ASAP... I am already on ART.. I can surely say that the apps are responding a lot better.. But can't wait to see the material design.

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ayush shahi · 5 years ago

Will Android L release on nexus 7 LTE or only for nexus 7 Wi-Fi on 3rd of November????

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Doug · 5 years ago

Only WiFi devices on November 3rd. LTE enabled devices will take longer

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John Oxley · 5 years ago

Hmmm, I cannot say that I am excited about getting an update for my Nexus 5. Can someone please send me a reminder to go and watch some paint dry when it is released? Much more interesting! Cheers Johnny O.

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h_f_m · 5 years ago

Why bother coming to a site called Android Geeks at all then? Cool story bro.

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Kenny Zaragoza · 5 years ago

Why ask us to remind you? That's what your phone is for. FAIL!

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brianzion · 5 years ago

kojac he loved lollipops ????

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Jahtiba · 5 years ago

So does this mean the N6 will be releasing on Nov. 3 also. I thought the new devices were the first to get the new software. I'm eagerly awaiting throwing away my criPhone and getting my first Nexus.

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Doug · 5 years ago

T-Mobile has the Nexus 6 pegged for a November 12th release

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charles · 5 years ago

Nexus > iPhone

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trin1ty · 5 years ago

Flashed the Lollipop Developer Preview yesterday night. What can I say, it's exactly what I was hoping for on my Nexus 5!

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Abbas · 5 years ago

what about the battery performamce is it improved??? and camera prob???

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Gopu · 5 years ago

really cool......
Battery Performance Improved. Charged to full at 8 am. 1 Hr of Phone Call. Half n hour web Browsing.. Wifi on full time. Still 19% of Juice Left.

Response really smooth and fluid. Notification become good. Camera Performance ok.

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david watchorn · 5 years ago

I find the camera performance is poor... But everything else is great... Still waiting for a couple of apps to catch up tho....

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jimv1983 · 5 years ago

Poor compared to what? Is it worse than KitKat? Some people say the current camera performance on the Nexus 5 with KitKat is poor but it's good for me. As long as the performance isn't worse on Lollipop then I'm fine.

Matheus Ferreira · 5 years ago

Câmera performance is a little better than kitkat, but I think you should try the camera L app which can let you control ISO, exposure manual focus and also gives you full resolution video ( near 4k ) and really fast burst mode

jimv1983 · 5 years ago

1 hour of calls and 30 minutes of browsing used 81% of the battery? That is terrible. Way worse than I get now on my Nexus 5. That is even worse than I got on my old Galaxy S2.

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Devin Gaughan · 5 years ago

I've been watching Netflix on my N5 with final build of Lollipop Dev Preview and it lasts longer than that streaming over LTE. You must have something else going on other than phone calls.

Joshua Hutchins · 5 years ago

I think he meant 8 am to the time he posted... derp.

jimv1983 · 5 years ago

That still isn't good battery life. A full day with only 30 minutes of browsing and 1 hour of calls and the rest in standby is pretty bad.

Lehmoskalainen · 5 years ago

My phone is better tuhat ur sux fone!!!!!!!!!!

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g3rrard · 5 years ago

N4 FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sam · 5 years ago

Looking forward to Android 5 lollipop, how this brings more juice to my N5....!!!

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veDomi · 5 years ago

Can't wait for this to get to Nexus 7!

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ronald · 5 years ago

Holding off on getting the OPO to see what 5.0 does for my N5...hopefully alot!

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Jason edwards · 5 years ago

Its awesome on the N5!

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MauriceGriffin · 5 years ago

I wonder when it will hit the N7 LTE.. Can only hope..

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TongWang · 5 years ago

paid premium only to be left out every step of the way...

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