Nexus devices are the most supported Android phones. They are the first devices to receive the latest and official Android software updates. When 5.0 Lollipop was released a few months ago, the LG Nexus 5 was the first phone to receive it, followed by the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
Eventually, other Android phones not created by Google joined the Lollipop party too, even though a few days or weeks later. There are still a handful of headsets that are struggling to get the 5.0 Lollipop update, let alone newer updates likes Android 5.0.1 or 5.0.2.
Two of the most popular tablets in the Android world, the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 variants have enjoyed Lollipop for a few months now, thanks to the update that Google released for both of these tablets. Now, Google has taken another step and has just released the official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware images for both of the tablets, Nexus 7 2102 and 2013.
If you are running on the latest version of the OS, say 5.0 or 5.0.1, you can update to 5.0.2 by going to the Settings menu, then go to About Phone and tap on Software Updates. This will install the update directly from your tablet without having to do anything extra. This is called OTA update.
But if for some reason you haven’t received the OTA update, then you can install the official firmware image. Every time Google rolls out a software update for a certain update, it also updated its site with download links of firmware images. These images can be downloaded on your computer and then installed on your Nexus 7 “razor” or “nakasi”.
Install 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware image on Nexus 7 (2012) & (2013)
All you need in order to flash the image is the firmware itself as well as ADB drivers correctly installed.
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop (LRX22G) firmware image – download
ADB Drivers – How to install
Flashing the firmware
- Download the zip file and extract it somewhere where you remember it.
- Turn the tablet off and boot it to fastboot mode. The easiest way to do is to execute the following command: “adb reboot bootloader”.
- If you haven’t done it already, you also have to unlock the bootloader of your tablet. Again, using the ADB tool, execute this command: “fastboot oem unlock”.
- Now that your Nexus is connected to the computer and the bootloader is unlocked, navigate to the extracted folder and run the “flash-all” file.
Wait for the process to finish. After a few minutes, you will be able to enjoy Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on your Nexus 7. if you have already updated, please let us know your experience. Is it any better than 5.0.1 or 5.0?