Early in the week, Google officially rolled out the Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA (Over-The-Air) to older Nexus devices.
Along with OTA process, Google had also released factory images to select devices - Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only (2012 & 2013) and Nexus 10, leaving many tech-savvy Nexus 4 device owners little frustrated, who were eager to experience the new material design UI of the latest Android OS.
Better late than never, the company has now posted the downloadable OS update file to the 2012 flagship model Nexus 4, providing an alternate option for LG device owners, who just can't wait for wireless update, which may take a few more days or a week to reach all regions.
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution or just wait for a day or two to install new software with very less effort via OTA.]
Here are the details of the software update released to Nexus devices:
|Model||Device Type||Software build number and version||Factory images Download link|
|LG Nexus 5 aka 'Hammer Head'||GSM/LTE||5.0 (LRX21O)||Link|
|Asus Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razor'||Wi-Fi||5.0 (LRX21P)||Link|
|LG Nexus 4 aka 'Occam'||GSM||5.0 (LRX21T)||Link|
|Samsung Nexus 10 aka 'Mantaray'||Wi-Fi||5.0 (LRX21P)||Link|
|Asus Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasi'||Wi-Fi||5.0 (LRX21P)||Link|
Note: Google is yet to provide the factory image file to cellular versions of Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razorg' and Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasig'. [More Information, HERE]
Users, who are still novice to manually side-load factory images, can keep a tab on update notifications on their phone by going to:
Settings >> About Device >> System Updates >> Check now
Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS comes with an overhauled design language material design, bringing in interactive user interface, visually appealing graphic design (with bold colours & typography), tactile surface, fluid animation features, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime and many more tweaks for performance enhancements.