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