Google keeps amazing us with all the software updates that it is releasing not only for flagship devices but even old gadgets like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 launched in 2012. There have been a wide variety of Nexus devices throughout the years.
We have seen the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10. As you can see, Google is almost running out of numbers to name all the devices that it releases. The Nexus 10 was a successful attempt of Google to get into the tablet market. Having a high-resolution 10″ screen and a powerful chipset for that time, the Nexus 10 was one of the best tablets back then.
Unfortunately, Google didn’t announce the successor of the Nexus 10 but instead launched another variant of the Nexus 7 and a smaller 9″ version. If you are one of the original Nexus 7 and nexus 10 users, devices that were announced in 2012, we have the honour to say that Google has released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images.
Android 5.0.2 is the second update of Lollipop, following the first 5.0.1 update. Unlike the original Android 5.0 update which introduced a brand new design language called Material and performance improvements, Android 5.0.2 is a minor update which fixes a few serious bugs, the most important one being half storage and low memory issue.
Google has released the official Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for its old devices, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (2012) variants. Every time Google releases a new software update for its devices, it rolls it out as OTA for normal users and in the form of factory images for those who cannot wait for OTA to hit their devices.
So, if you can’t wait to enjoy Android 5.0.2 on your Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 and get some serious problems fixed, follow the guide below.
How To Install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Factory Image on Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (2012)
- Make sure that the battery level of you tablet is more than 70% so it doesn’t turn off.
- Enable USB Debugging so the phone can communicate and receive PC commands: How To
- Install the required and right ADB drivers: Tutorial
Factory Image for Nexus 7 “nakasi”: link
Factory Image for Nexus 10 “mantaray”: link
Before flashing the factory image, you need to make sure that your bootloader is unlocked.
- Turn off your Nexus tablet.
- Press and hold the Volume Down, Volume Up and Power buttons to boot into Fastboot mode.
- Open the ADB tool and execute the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
Flashing the factory image
- Download the image and extract the zip file.
- Using a terminal, go to the folder where the extracted system image is and run the “flash-all” file.
- The phone will start installing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop system update.