Overnight, Google flipped the switch on the very latest Android platform release, getting the ball rolling with Android 5.0.1 for the WiFi editions of the latest Nexus tablets. The company was quick to make available the 5.0.1 factory images for these devices, but as anyone who’s installed one will be quick to tell you, flashing one of those can be a bit of a pain, forcing you to restore all your apps, data, and settings after the fact. Really, it’s OTA updates we’re interested in, but as of last night none of the 5.0.1 releases were available in that format. By now, some of the pertinent links have been tracked down, giving you an easy avenue to updating your tablet with this brand-new release.
The OTA packages, which you’ll find via the source links below, update the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and Nexus 10 from 5.0 to 5.0.1; while the Nexus 9’s 5.0.1 factory image is also available, a matching OTA has yet to surface.
We know: this is a pretty minor bugfix update. But if you’re the kind of Android user who feels a twinge at the back of your neck when you know that other users have more recent software than you do (and, OK – we’re probably in that boat ourselves), now you’ve got the tools you need at your disposal. The update process is the same simple ADB-based push we’ve used on Nexus models in the past, so dive on in if you just can’t wait for a truly over-the-air OTA to arrive.