Just like winter, Android 5.0.1 is coming (and here now for some)

Still waiting on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for your phone or tablet? Then you might not be happy to hear from Android Police that Google has pushed Android 5.0.1 to the AOSP repository and now has some factory images for Nexus devices with the software available.

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Chances are, this sub-version of Lollipop doesn’t have massive changes, so don’t get too worked up. Google hasn’t posted a change log of the software, so it’s not yet clear what’s inside. My guess is that there are minor bug fixes; perhaps not even any visual changes.

If you have one of three Nexus tablets, though, you can actually find out what Android 5.0.1 brings to the table. On its Factory Images for Nexus devices, Google has the new software build available for download. You’ll need either a Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi model, a Nexus 9 or a Nexus 10 tablet though as at the time of writing those are the only devices currently supported.

On a related note: If you are still waiting for Android 5.0 for your carrier-branded Nexus device, Phandroid explains why, highlighting a recent update to the Nexus support page (emphasis theirs):

Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices receive the latest version of Android directly from Google. Once an update is available, it can take up to two weeks for it to reach your device. Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.

So while you might be buying a Nexus-branded device from your carrier, you’re not getting the updates directly from Google, as carriers are still going to test the software and add their own apps to the builds.