For those of you who are still using your venerable Nexus 7 – be it the 2012 3G only version or the more recent 2013 LTE version – this is probably good news for you. Google has released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop images for your devices – this is no joke. The mothership has finally decided that it’s probably time to bring you up to speed as you’ve been languishing in KitKat loneliness all this time.

Users of the Nexus 7 are probably justified in their righteous irritation that the Nexus 7 tablets didn’t get the same Lollipop treatment that the rest of the Nexus family had – that is, they are usually among the first to get updated to a new software version. Well, Nexus 7 users, your time in the sun has finally arrived.


Google has released the factory images for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for both 2012 and 2013 versions of the Nexus 7 tablet device. Other Nexus devices (including the very lucky Wi-Fi only version of the Nexus 7 tablet) got their Lollipop updates starting November last year. What will you need to get this? Users will need an unlocked bootloader, download the factory image from the source link below (build code is LRX22G), and the driver for your device.


Mighty nice of Google to finally get the Nexus 7 up to speed. So stop your grumbling and head on to the download page below.

[UPDATE] As flashing factory images would usually wipe out data, some of you might have been waiting for the OTA updates to roll out. Well, that has happened, as captured by our friends from XDA. Check out the update here to see how you can get the OTA update for your Nexus 7.



  1. Since lollipop, Nexus 7 LTE connection is intermittent. 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Can’t roll back to kitkat (!) , and problem persists after soft / hard resets. Hmmm…


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