Google hasn’t forgotten about its older tablets; it has just posted a new set of factory images with the latest builds of Lollipop.
Android 5.0.2 is now up for the downloading if you have a Nexus 10 or 2013 model of the Nexus 7. If you haven’t received an over-the-air update for these, or you want to restore your device to its original state, then these are a welcome gift.
Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you don’t miss a thing.
Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and squash those pesky bugs.
HTC One M8: The developer and unlocked editions of the One M8 are getting their turn at Lollipop. HTC usually drops the update on these versions before it goes out to the carrier models, so it’s a sign that it shouldn’t be long before they see an update. HTC pledges to get out the newest version of Android in 90 days, something worth considering when it’s time to shop for that next handset.
Nexus 7 (2013): Android 5.0.2 can be had from Google’s Nexus factory images site. This small update is for bug fixes, so grab it for a smoother experience. This is only for the Wi-Fi model: The LTE edition is still stuck on 4.4.4, a pretty disappointing situation considering it’s a Nexus-branded device. Working with the carriers can be a tricky business.
Nexus 10: Google hasn’t neglected its larger, Samsung-built tablet. You can grab the factory images for this one also, doing your own update or restoring it after some hard-core rooting.
Xperia Z3v: If you use the Google Play Movies app you’ll like this update, as it adds the capability to stream in HD over Big Red’s network. There are also improvements to MMS performance, NFC transfer, and a few other small fixes.