So you thought Google Android 5.0.1 was all new and stuff? Meet Android 5.0.2.
Google just released a new factory image for the 2012 WiFi-only Nexus 7 tablet, and it’s based on Android 5.0.2.
The LRX22G firmware is available for download from Google’s Nexus factory images website. There are also new binaries available, with updated software for the graphics, camera, touch panel, wireless chips, and more.
Google hasn’t said what’s new in Android 5.0.2, but it’s likely that the update is mostly designed to fix bugs found in earlier versions of Android 5.0 Lollipop and later. In fact, Google never got around to releasing Android 5.0.1 for the 2012 Nexus 7 at all. The company went straight from version 5.0 to 5.0.2.
Note that installing a factory image will wipe all data from your device (unless you take some special precautions which might do more harm than good in some situations). So if you’re looking for an easy, relatively safe way to update, you’ll probably want to wait until Google releases an over-the-air update. But the factory image will let you update right now if you really must… and it’s the first bit of evidence that Android 5.0.2 is even a thing.
There’s no word on whether we’ll start to see Android 5.0.2 updates for other Nexus devices anytime soon, but the 5.0.1 update certainly didn’t squash all the bugs introduced with Lollipop.
Update: Android 5.0.2 has also been submitted to the Android Open Source Project.