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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update comes to Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and Nexus 7 (2012) 3G

Kris Carlon

Many of Google's Nexus devices can now be updated to Android 5.0 and Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. But the good news for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and Nexus 7 (2012) 3G owners is that they can now upgrade to the latest version of Android, that being Android 5.0.2. Head below for more details on how you can get the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on mobile variants of the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 7 (2012).

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Bye bye KitKat: the Nexus 7 (2013) cellular version finally gets the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. © ANDROIDPIT

While the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi editions have been able to upgrade to Android 5.0.2 for some time now, the cellular versions were yet to receive Android Lollipop at all. Thankfully Google has now made the factory images available via its dedicated Google Developers Factory Image page, and it's very simple to flash the update if you wish to do so. Just follow our tutorial on how to get Android 5.0.2 on the Nexus 7 (2013) – it's essentially the same procedure for all of the Nexus tablets.

However, the OTA version should begin appearing on all devices within the next few weeks, so if you want to wait for it, we suggest you just head to Settings > About Device > System Updates > Check Now to see if your device is ready for it.

Are you eager to get Nexus 7 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update? How's Lollipop working our for you so far?

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  • ml 35 3 weeks ago Link

    the **real** reason lollipop was delayed to nexus 3G/LTE tablets is that the motherf#$%#$%#@#ers do not have a license for GSM calls, messages and USSD dialing for these devices, so they needed time to remove that functionality from the update.
    I bought this damn tablet during xmas 2013 expecting to be able to place calls on speaker/bluetooth and use messaging, just to find out later that they don't work.

    forum . xda-developers . com / showthread.php?t=2025377
    android . stackexchange . com / questions/32673/can-the-nexus-7-send-and-receive-gsm-texts-and-calls

  • Chuck Ebert 4 weeks ago Link

    Reverting to kitkat does not look easy to this not too technical user. However reading up on it led me to the conclusion that most of the Lollipop troubles are related to updating with low battery voltage. You're constantly reminded to keep the charger on. That's why I factory reset it with the charger on. It's now working great on 5.0.2. I'm surprised Android just throws an upgrade at us without warnings about need for charger on. And I bought my Nexus directly from Google.
    Now if I could only get my HTC First kinda smart phone upgraded from Jelly bean.., But ATT seems to have abandoned it!.

  • Des Houlihan 4 weeks ago Link

    For the nexus7 (2012) stay with KitKat. Lollipop is a disaster. Never before has the truism been so correct : if it ain't broke dont fix it.

  • David Nicoll 1 month ago Link

    I don't see what the fuss is about. I had lollipop on my Nexus 5 and thought it was a backward step in some areas. All it really did was give a slightly new face to Android, something I could already do with themes & icons. In fact it was such an irritation to have lost some features I used, that I rooted both my N5 and N7{2013)LTE and installed SlimKat on both - a move I have been delighted with.

  • Chuck Ebert 1 month ago Link

    Amen! Have not yet figured out howto go back to 4.4

    • Chuck Ebert 1 month ago Link

      Looked into flashing, but too techno for me. Did a Setting > backup & restore> factory reset with the charger on and it seems to be working great! Lost all the data and am rebuilding it like a new tablet, but I don't keep anything important on it anyway. Suggest you do a backup before trying this.

      • Jim Sheehan 1 month ago Link

        I did a factory reset, as well: Lags and crashes decreased, but performance is still spotty, even after opting out of notifications for most apps. I have to say, Lollipop is really bloatware for my model Nexus 7. It's clear that KitKat worked far more seamlessly -- it wasn't broke and didn't need this particular fix. I'm looking to return to KitKat, when I have the time to figure it out.

  • Brent Adams 1 month ago Link

    I'm having the same experience Chuck Ebert. I feel like I have ruined a tablet I really liked.

  • Chuck Ebert 1 month ago Link

    2012 Nexus 7 Automatically received 5.0 a month or so ago. Tablet is exceedingly slow and spastic. Automatically received 5.0.2 later, but didn't help much. Was much better with 4.4 and would like to go back and put it on. Which is what I'm trying to do now when I ran into this blog.

    • Des Houlihan 4 weeks ago Link

      Reversed from Lollipop back to 4.4.4 and couldn't be happier. 5.0 was a disaster. Now I get reminders that 5.0.2 is available but won't be going there too soon.

  • Paul d Scott 1 month ago Link

    hello lollipop bye bye gallery....didn't know about losing gallery app on lollipop till I rebooted and found 2 photo icons on home screen and NO gallery,anywhere?! thought I'd got a bug....went on playstore found out what was going on and got gallery app back(Gallery Lollipop) thanks to Unif studios my gallery is back...
    Can't say I've had any problems with lollipop and my nexus7, glad I've got nova launcher tho, really disliked the white google bar....

  • Stuart Male 1 month ago Link

    I've got the s5 g900i still don't have lollipop

  • Skip Flem 2 months ago Link

    I installed 5.0.2 (Nexus7 '13)
    and ALL my programs disappeared. Including Google.Play.

  • jeff coates 3 months ago Link

    This is now the 5th of December, 1 month after it started to roll out, and I'm seeing galaxy lollipops, moto lollipops and every other lollipop rolling out except Nexus 7 (2013). Why ?

  • Tagont 3 months ago Link

    Still no update. Nexus 7 2013. Google you suck.

  • Glostermeteor 3 months ago Link

    Ive heard of huge bugs with Lollipop in the Nexus 7, like video not working and the like. Im holding off until the next iteration

  • prince 4 months ago Link

    i want rom lollipop on lg g flex

  • Douglas Nolan 5 months ago Link

    Got it already on my Nexus 7.. 2012..CM11 4.4.4..

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  • plck74 5 months ago Link

    what abt nexus 7 2012?