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. 

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

Related phones

Galaxy S III mini
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor STE U8420, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.83h 3G talk time)
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

3. buba05

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011


6. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

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

7. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Samsung still supporting s3 mini :)

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

14. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

10. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Much support such wow

9. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

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

12. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

13. GoogleNexusPrime

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 21, 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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