Sorry, Google: you weren’t first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn’t the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google’s Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they’d be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We’ve yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one’s about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating its support pages with such information.
According to the carrier, Nexus 5 system software LRX21O is out as of today. That doesn’t mean you’ll get a notification immediately, with distribution proceeding in batches (per usual), but Sprint is clear that the release is on its way.
Assuming this is true (and Sprint didn’t jump the gun somehow), we’d absolutely expect to see Google make the update directly available for users of other carriers, right around the same time this Sprint OTA goes out. But for the moment, at least, that just doesn’t seem to be happening. We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation for the rest of the day and will update this post as the story develops.
Update: Google has just tweeted that “[the Android Lollipop] rollout has started and will soon be available on most [Nexus] devices.” That sounds like confirmation of OTAs on first glance, but it could simply be acknowledgement that certain manufacturer have begun with their own update distribution, and a reminder that Nexus models will (eventually) be close behind.
Update 2: OK, it definitely looks like it’s happening.