First Android 5.0 Nexus factory image makes an appearance
Slowly but surely, the presence of Android 5.0 Lollipop continues to make inroads. Yesterday we saw Google talking about how Lollipop “begins to roll out today,” and witnessed the early stages of it preparing to make Lollipop source code public. By now, full sources are available (at least for the Nexus 9 and Player), leaving us to look for the next phase in the software’s release: the arrival of factory images for Nexus models. We’ve still got a way’s to go, but the first of these has just arrived, all ready for you to flash.
The first Android 5.0 factory image is for the WiFi-only Nexus 9. “Well so friggin’ what?” you ask. “The Nexus 9 already comes with Android 5.0 installed.” You’re absolutely right, but we’re less interested in the utility this particular release affords users, and more what it means about the ongoing Lollipop roll-out: a Nexus 9 factory image suggests that others can’t be far behind, and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing similar images for models like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5.
And once those factory images land, binaries will follow shortly, and then the holy grail that is the release of OTA updates. When those finally do get here, you had better believe we’ll let you know. For now, have faith that the gears are turning, and Lollipop is nearly within your Nexus device’s reach.