For the Google Nexus 7 2012 WiFi variant owners, it has been a busy week. This was on the back of all the other Nexus devices getting their Android 5.0.1 (Lollipop) update rolling through. At the time, it seemed strange that you guys were one of the only ones not getting the update rolled out to them. That said, the mystery was solved when back on December 19th the factory image for the Nexus 7 update was posted online. However, this is sparked another mystery as different to all the other Nexus updates, the Nexus 7 was jumping passed Android 5.0.1 and straight to Android 5.0.2. This led to a bit of speculation that another incremental update might be rolling out to the other Nexus devices too. However, that was a premature speculation as it became clear this was a Nexus 7 device specific update.
Following on from the factory image, on December 20th the source code for the update was pushed over to the AOSP. This was accompanied by the changelog and the first time we got to see what was really on offer with the Android 5.0.2 update. The changelog did not reveal anything too interesting though and instead simply confirmed the update contained numerous bug fixes. Although, they were specific to the Nexus 7 like fixing an issue with the internal storage as well as also fixing some images with the alarm.
Since the 20th, the news went quiet on this, although today it seems Google is making sure those who have not installed their factory image do get the update before Christmas. As a result, the OTA update is now available as a manually installable zip file. If you are not too confident in installing these files then you can simply continue to wait and the OTA will land on your device soon enough. It is en route so if you want to wait, then do. That said, if you want those updated fixes now rather than later then here is your chance. Click here to download the OTA. This link is direct from Google’s servers and as such you should not be worried about its safety or anything. If you have already installed the factory image (or got the update) then how is it?