The Nexus series has already received Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade and Google has now pushed Android 5.0.1_r1 with build LRX22C to AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
The Android 5.0.1 factory images are also available for a few Nexus devices such as Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi (codename razor), Nexus 10 (codename mantaray) and Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (codename volantis) models. The images are also expected to hit other Nexus devices shortly.
The Android 5.0.1 update has been rumoured to be available for Android Wear and is said to bring significant improvement in terms of battery life, reports Android Police. The update is also expected to fix the issues spotted in the Android 5.0 software version.
Until the official OTA arrives, you can try the factory images on your Nexus tablets using the following installation guide.
- Create a backup of all the data of your Nexus device using recovery mode.
- The bootloader of the devices should be unlocked.
- Installing Android 5.0.1 LRX22C factory image will wipe out everything, if the bootloader is not unlocked.
- The Android device should have above 80% battery charge. The device could face a power issue during the process due to lack of battery, which can damage the device.
- The Android 5.0.1 factory images are compatible with Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi), Nexus 10 and Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi). Installing these on any other device could brick the device. Therefore check the model number of the Nexus device carefully before flashing factory images.
- These are Android 5.0.1 factory images not stock OTA update released by Google.
- IBTimes UK will not be held liable for any damage to the device.
Download Android 5.0.1.factory image
How to install Android 5.0.1 factory images on Nexus 7/Nexus 9/ Nexus 10
Step-1: Download the appropriate factory image for your Nexus device on the computer
Step-2: Connect the Nexus tablet to the computer using USB cable
Step-3: Ensure that Fastboot is configured and installed on the computer [Click here for help]
Step-4: Switch off the tablet
Step-5: Boot into Fastboot/Bootloader mode. For this turn the device on while pressing Volume Up and Power buttons together. You should see the fastboot menu and Start on top
Step-6: Extract the downloaded file in your computer. Transfer the extracted files to the fastboot directory
Step-7: From the factory image files in the Fastboot directory, perform the following depending on the OS version your system is running
- For Windows: Run the file, flash-all.bat
- For Mac: Run the file, flash-all.sh using Terminal
- For Linux: Run the file, flash-all.sh
Step-8: Now wait until the process is completed and follow the on-screen prompts on your tablet, in case you have to unlock the bootloader
Step-9: After the installation is completed, your Nexus tablet will reboot and it would take about five minutes to boot for the first time
Your Nexus 7/Nexus 9/Nexus 10 should now be updated with Android 5.0.1 factory image with build LRX22C.