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Android L 5.0 Update Release Date: Nexus, Motorola Download Guide & How to Get Started

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After some delay, Android's latest operating system finally rolled out. The Android 5.0 Lollipop has been set for release since Nov. 3, but the existence of bugs (noted in the Nexus 5) prevented the smoother sail of things.

Google took the initiative to disseminate Lollipop among Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 devices on Wednesday. Motorola's Nexus 6 and HTC's Nexus 9 also got minor updates to address bugs. The Motorola lineup includes the Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.), Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen.), Moto G 4G-LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.

Lollipop is also set to arrive in LG G3, Nvidia Shield Tablet and Google Play Edition devices.

While it seems the entire later-generation Android family will eventually get their hands on the sweetest OS yet, we have provided a quick reference to handsets without the final version of the update.

Just recently, Android Central reported that Lollipop's factory image for Nexus 4 has arrived. The outlet listed instructions on manually updating a Nexus handset in another note, recommending that knowledge about Android SDK (Software Development Kit) and Terminal (OS X or Linux) or Command Prompt (Windows) may be necessary to avoid undesirable events during installation.

Flashing a factory image for the device will delete everything, said Ars Technica. The process wipes all stored information, so backing-up files is highly encouraged.

If waiting isn't an option, here's a download guide for Nexus (via Google Developer) to get started. Note that this list is a simplified version; there are other ways to receive the update. We will not be responsible for glitches that may happen in the process.

1. Get "Eclipse ADT Bundle" (Android SDK) here. Ars Technica noted that this will work on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

2. Click and download the correct factory image for Nexus 4 (Build Number LRX21T). Unzip to a safe directory.

3. Connect the device to computer via USB. Start the device in fastboot mode by using either the adb tool or "key combo." For the former, execute "adb reboot bootloader" while the device is on.

4. "Key Combo" works in an alternative fashion: turn device off > turn device on and immediately hold assigned key combination.

5. Unlock the device's bootloader if necessary via "fastboot oem unlock."

6. A confirmation screen pops, indicating that all data are bound for erasure.

7. Open a terminal and go to the unzipped system image directory.

8. Execute the "flash-all" script. Once the process is over, the device will reboot.

9. Start the device in fastboot mode again.

10. Execute "fastboot oem lock."

If doing all these steps is tedious, you may opt to wait for the OTA update. A simple manual check may be done by visiting the handset's Settings > About phone > System updates. Motorola encouraged its users to visit the company's software updates page to check their device's status.

If your device is lucky to own the update ahead, Forbes cited some tips to begin your journey through Android's latest dessert offer.

Choose Your Interruptions

Lollipop has promised not to intercept unnecessarily. Through Google's new Interruptions feature, users get to select when and whose notifications may be received. Visit Settings > Interruptions.

Easier Wake-Up

With Lollipop, double-tapping the device's home screen leads to revival from Sleep mode. Long gone are the days of pushing the harder power button!

Pin To Screen

Multitasking? Pinning apps to your home screen is now possible. To do this, go to Settings > Security and switch "screen pinning" on.

Smart Lock

Bluetooth or NFC-enabled devices may be used to unlock your Lollipop device. It's all about trust and togetherness -- go to Settings > Security > Smart Lock and add the secondary device.

Protect from Prying Eyes

Notifications now come even at lock screen, which brings convenience to the device's owner. Yet you may not want others seeing those personal messages and reminders. Turn the feature off by visiting Settings > Sound & Notification > When Device is Locked > select "don't show notifications at all."

Got your Lollipop update? We'd love to hear what you think about it! Comment below.

Click Android 5.0 Lollipop to know more about the latest OS today.

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