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Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III mini among the first devices to receive working Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP builds

Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III mini among the first devices to receive working Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP builds

The official Android 5.0 Lollipop build might be rolling for Google Nexus devices (such as the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10) on November 12, but the aforementioned Android troopers have already been treated to custom-made and somewhat-working Lollipop builds. This is, of course, thanks to the raw AOSP images that Google released just two days ago. After the latter made the rounds, the horde of tireless Android developers at XDA quickly got down to business and began its work on custom ROM images for many an Android device. 

Well, it seems that the very first custom AOSP-based Lollipop ROMs are already here, and we were quite surprised about the range of devices they are intended for. See, 2012's Samsung Galaxy S III mini and 2011's Samsung Galaxy Nexus are among the first wave of smartphones to be graced with the latest rendition of Google's OS to some phones that hardly ever received an Android build higher than Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, at best. 

As usual, it's older Android devices that receive the sweetest treats first

Have in mind that these are just early builds and they are predominantly imperfect, with quite many fundamental features - such as audio and camera - not working, not to mention the numerous issues with Google Apps. suite is available for neither handset running any of these experimental confectionery Android builds. 

What's interesting is that despite being long in the tooth and humble in the hardware department as per today's standard, either of these older devices is reportedly able to run these experimental AOSP Lollipop builds good enough. We bet that Samsung's 2012 flagship will be perfectly capable of running Lollipop as well, despite the fact that certain versions of the once-popular phone did not even receive KitKat due to hardware limitations, as Samsung put it.


source: XDA

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posted on 07 Nov 2014, 02:05 4

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Galaxy Nexus!!! That's great...

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 02:43

2. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Kinda happy knowing that sammy never forget the galaxy nexus when providing os updates. By the way, im an ex sammy fan.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 03:13 5

3. buba05 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Those aren't updates from Samsung but custom ROM's so your sammy doesn't have anything to do with this...

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 03:22 3

4. uchihakurtz (Posts: 358; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


That awkward moment when a Samsung phone got Lollipop before Nexus phones.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 04:06 2

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3889; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Like buba said, these are custom ROMs, not an official update from Google or Samsung.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 08:22

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


REALLY???????????????

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 05:25

6. Mfa901 (Posts: 257; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


some one make a build for galaxy core... plz. :p

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 05:41

7. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Samsung still supporting s3 mini :)

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 06:14

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3722; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Another person who can't read. As already stated multiple times in this thread, Samsung has nothing to do with this. Why would they upgrade phones that never got 4.4 to 5.0? Don't be dense.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 16:27 1

14. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


They either couldn't read or didn't bother reading the entire article. Probs just read the title and whizzed down to the comment section.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 08:21

10. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


Much support such wow

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 07:49

9. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


Well, good news to those still clinging to their S3 mini instead of buying a new, cheap moto G. Cyanogenmod never disappoints.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 11:40

12. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


What about galaxy note 3. I thought the newest and strong devices gets the new version of android !!

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 13:32

13. GoogleNexusPrime (Posts: 13; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


As someone who is still using a Galaxy Nexus as his daily driver (the one and only smartphone I have ever purchased), it was a nice surprise to see this phone is still making headlines almost 3 years later (read as, "still relevant"). I have faith that my group of heroes at Paranoid Android will follow suit and keep this dinosaur kicking (PA 4.6 BETA 6 is still keeping things as smooth as they can be for now. Definitely want to see that 5.0 update pop up in the near future though). I can't thank these guys, and the developer community, enough for all the hard work that they do. Not only have I personally saved money from not having to go buy a new phone due to obsolescence, I've been able to keep up with most of the features each new version of android has to offer. Keep up the great work guys!

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