When will Android Lollipop be ready for your Nexus model?

Earlier this week, we got news from Google about its plans for the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop: while the new Nexus devices would (obviously) ship with Lollipop, updates for existing models were announced as arriving sometime in the weeks to come. Well, what does that mean? Will Nexus 5 owners be waiting until Thanksgiving before they have a chance (beyond the dev preview, at least) to bring Lollipop to their phones? Today we start to get a better sense of just who’s getting what when, as a leak attempts to reveal Google’s distribution strategy.

The first release should be in the form of system images for the Nexus 5 and last year’s Nexus 7, tipped to hit Google’s servers sometime this week – whether that means later today or sometime tomorrow, we can’t yet say, but expect them soon. Of course, images like this mean re-flashing your whole device, so most users will prefer to wait for the arrival of OTA updates.

Those are rumored to start arriving in a little over two weeks, first hitting Google’s tablets: the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 could get theirs on November 3. That date would only be for WiFi models, and cellular-equipped Nexus 7 units would see their updates land a little further out. Those, along with the updates for Google’s recent phones – the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 – would arrive before the end of November.

Worst case, that puts you about six weeks away from an update (though likely quite a bit sooner), with the possible option to move to Lollipop early though a factory image flash.

Source: Android Police

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