Android 5.0.2 factory image for the cellular enabled Nexus 7 (both generations) is now here

Google has finally posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for the first and second generation cellular enabled Nexus 7 tablets. Earlier this month, the Android 5.0.2 factory image was made available to the Wi-Fi only variant of the Nexus 7 (2013). Last month, it was the original generation Wi-Fi only model that had an Android 5.0.2 factory image listed. The build number for all of the factory images is LRX22G, which is dated October 22nd.

If you're new to this Android thing and you are curious about how the factory image can be useful to you, consider it a do-over button for those who like to customize their phone. Say that you've flashed a custom ROM on your device and are tired of it. Or, you've started to flash a custom ROM and something has gone terribly wrong. In both cases, you can flash the factory image and recover the latest stock Android build. 

We should point out that it doesn't appear that Android 5.0.2 is actually being distributed to the cellular enabled Nexus 7 models yet with an OTA update. And that brings us to another good use of the factory images. Sure, you could wait until Google gets around to sending out the update, but stocking the communal fridge at the Googleplex with Berry flavored Oreos might be higher on the company's 'to-do' list. If (and only if) you know what you are doing, and you are ambitious, you might want to flash the Android 5.0.2 update yourself to update your tablet. This way, you could be the first person on your block enjoying tomorrow's Super Bowl, secure in the knowledge that his cellular enabled Nexus 7 runs the latest and greatest build of Google's open source OS.

source: Google (1), (2) via AndroidPolice

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Cmon Google, get these updates going!

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I have a galaxy s4 in my drawer and I am waiting for the new update to come, I hope lollipop will make the phone a little smooth because with kitkat It lags..

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Do you have the default launcher enabled ?

4. mahmood74

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

Worst update in android i have nexus 7 2013 wifi .its was good in android 4.4 ram good no lag after update android 5 ohhhhhh ram full lag fullAlthough he returned factory condition

6. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Google please update my nexus 7 LTE 2013 to lollipop . #disappointed

7. Chrissy0_01

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

l loved my nexus 4 and it 'was' a great phone, near on perfect when running 4.4 kitkat but ever since l updated it to lollipop 5.0.1 it has gone downhill from there, Wi-Fi issues, its laggy, it crashes within apps and randomly reboots itself, so it's pretty much useless. I appreciate its a fairly old phone but l actually preferred using it over my iPhone 5s up until l updated it to lollipop which l was prompted to do so, so l presumed it would be good for my phone. I don't think Google have any plans to include the nexus 4 in this new 5.0.2 update. Could anyone help me or advise me on whether l can do anything to get me once trusted nexus 4 working as it did on 4.4 kitkat!

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