Android Lollipop begins OTA rollout to Nexus and Moto devices

Owners of the Google Nexus 5, 10, and Nexus 7 Wi-Fi devices, as well as Moto X and G phones, have started to receive updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

Android Lollipop has finally begun its rollout to existing Android devices, with owners of the Google Nexus 5, 10, and the Wi-Fi-only version of the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 set to be among the first users to receive the over-the-air update.

The official Android twitter account posted a tweet earlier today that said the update would soon be available on most Nexus devices. As in the manner of Android updates past, Lollipop will be rolled out over a number of weeks to users.

For users that cannot wait to experience Google's latest mobile operation system, factory images of Lollipop are available, but do require the flashing of devices in order to use and do not carry user data across in the process, unless backed up and restored by the user.

Alongside the rollout to Nexus devices, Motorola has announced that it is updating second-generation Moto X and Moto G devices in the United States, and expects to roll out the update to first-generation Moto X and Moto G handsets, as well as Moto E, Droid Turbo, Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, and Droid Maxx devices.

The rollout of Lollipop was expected to begin last week, but Google withheld the update to fix a bug that was causing severe battery usage issues.

"Android Engineering is aware of an issue affecting Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 which causes significant 'Miscellaneous' battery usage while Wi-Fi is enabled. This appears to be caused by an abnormally high number of IRQ wakeup events," Trevor Johns, a Google engineer for the Android Open Source Project, said last week.

On Monday, LG said it would be rolling out Lollipop to users of its G3 phone this week.

Builds of ROMs such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and OmniROM, all of which are based upon the Android Open Source Project version of Lollipop, are expected to follow shortly.

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