Android Lollipop over-the-air update, factory images now available for Nexus 5, 7, 9, and 10

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In the last week, LG has announced that it is about to roll out Android Lollipop (5.0) for the G3, and Motorola just began rolling out updates to the new Moto X and Moto G. In both cases, users have rightly asked, "Hey, isn't Google supposed to update Nexus devices first?"

As if to reply, Google just began pushing out updates to a host of recent Nexus devices. The Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both versions), and Nexus 10 are starting to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates from KitKat to Lollipop.

The staggered rollout might take a few days to reach your device—if you just can't wait, head over to Google's Factory Images page to download and install it yourself. You'll need the developer tools to do so, and the procedure is the same as it was for the Developer Preview released this summer, with just a few obvious file name changes (follow our guide).

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 ship with Lollipop, but they're getting OTA updates as well. In the case of those devices, it's just a few bugfixes to polish things up.

So what Nexus devices aren't getting the new OS just yet? Well, the cellular-enabled versions of the Nexus 7 tablets typically take a few weeks longer than the Wi-Fi only models. If you have one of those, you'll have to be patient. The Nexus 4 is due to get Lollipop, but there's no update for that yet, either.

The impact on you: If you have a recent Nexus device, you're about to get a huge upgrade. Android 5.0 is a big leap forward for the OS in features, usability, security, performance, and aesthetics.

If you have a non-Nexus Android phone, as most people do, consider this the official opening of the floodgates. The next few months will be very busy as device makers and carriers scramble to bring the latest Android operating system to its users. And the app store will be overrun with Lollipop-optimized app updates or even apps that require Android 5.0 to run.

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