Android 5.0 Lollipop is now official, following its second launch and official “arrival” along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. But when is it coming for those who don’t own, or don’t plan to buy either one of these two new Google-branded devices? After weeks of silence, it would appear that we already have this information on hand, though it’s mainly for owners of Google Nexus devices from 2012 and 2013.
For a bit of history on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the software was first announced in June, at Google’s I/O 2014 conference, though it was only given a limited preview as “Android L.” It would get a formal, more thorough launch three months later, on October 15, and it was announced at that Google press event that the Nexus 9 tablet would be the first device to ship with Android 5.0; that’s already happened, as the Nexus 9 became available on November 3.
The Nexus 6 is dealing with some major supply issues, but it’s still sure to come with Android 5.0 out of the box. Still, users of older Nexus devices and owners of non-Nexus phones and tablets are still waiting, and still hoping for concrete answers as to when Android 5.0 Lollipop’s rollout date will be, as it didn’t take place on November 3 as once hoped. And that’s where this new report comes in.
Technically, Android 5.0 Lollipop has been available for a few days, albeit for developers only, and not for device owners. And owners have been clamoring for more specifics since Google announced on October 15 that Nexus and Google Play devices would get Android 5.0 “in the coming weeks.” That said, Android Police now claims that the exact Android 5.0 Lollipop release date will be on November 12. The publication’s Artem Russakovskii cited his personal tipsters in saying that the initial batch of over-the-air updates “got delayed due to some outstanding bugs,” which explains the pushback from the originally rumored date of November 3.
Russakovskii went on to say that this first batch of OTA updates will be for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, and that Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 owners can expect Android 5.0 to be available a few weeks thereafter. But for November 12, which is the coming Wednesday, it looks like Google tablet owners finally have a date to mark on their calendars. It’s also uncanny timing, considering that the Nexus 6 will be released on T-Mobile on November 12 as well. This makes it quite possible that we’ll be seeing Android 5.0 roll out for multiple devices, possibly all Nexus devices with existing support, on or around the 12th of this month.
Meanwhile, users who can’t wait to get a taste of Lollipop can try installing the early developer preview for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5, though we wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t familiar with the process of manually installing software updates. Furthermore, it’s quite concerning that Android Police claimed that there were some bugs that are still in the process of being squashed. Still, the wait shouldn’t be much longer, as Nexus users should be getting their dose of Android 5.0 Lollipop goodness in just six days from now.