Android L 5.0.2 Released for Nexus 7, Expected Soon for Nexus 4,5,6,9; Manual Upgrade Ready for Nexus 10

( [email protected] ) Jan 12, 2015 01:49 PM EST
Nexus 7
The 2012 edition of the Nexus 7 has already jumped to the Android 5.0.2 update, but the Nexus 10 tablet is not far behind. Photo: Google

Back in mid-December, Google's Nexus 7 (2012) received the very latest Android 5.0.2 update to fix some serious problems that were introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop's launch, but now the Nexus 10 tablet is said to be the next up to get the update.

When Android 5.0 first came out in November, the Nexus 6 was designed to be the first device running the anticipated new mobile operating system out of the box, so the features of the software were designed for the new hardware. But when the older Nexus 7 (2012 wi-fi version) got the update, it introduced so many new bugs that many users were calling the tablet unusable.

So while other Nexus devices were enjoying Android Lollipop with relatively few problems, or at least problems that were resolved with Android 5.0.1, the Nexus 7 skipped that small update for its own 5.0.2 patch that is thought to mainly be catered to the 2012 edition of the Nexus 7.

But now, as news that Android 5.0.2 is expected for other devices, the larger Nexus 10 has already started seeing a manual download available for the Android 5.0.2 patch.

According to International Business Times, "Google Nexus 10 can now be updated to the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware via custom AOSP builds of CyanogenMod 12 Nightly ROM, which brings the top custom Lollipop features in a highly stable release."

The update is available only through the ROM download, meaning that you must have advanced knowledge of updating your device, and there are certain risks associated with updating this way, including the possibility of bricking your device.

As for the remaining products in the Nexus line, it's unclear at this point if the Nexus 4, 5, 6, or 9 will be seeing 5.0.2 any time soon, especially outside of the carrier-less Google Play editions.

The Nexus 7 2012 edition is considered a mini tablet with its 7-inch display. It also features a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and either 8, 16, or 32 GB of storage. It was released as Google's first tablet in the Nexus line and the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. A second generation follow-up 2013 edition was released in 2013 with a slightly faster processor, double the RAM, and Android 4.3elly Bean standard.

The Nexus 10 was released between the two generations of the Nexus 7 as a larger tablet sporting a 10-inch display to show off a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which, at the time, was the highest resolution on any tablet.

While the Android 5.0.1 update has been put on hold for most other Android devices, it's expected that many will either skip straight to the 5.0.2 update to enjoy its own bug fixes, or wait until the next incremental update, which is expected to be called Android 5.1.