The Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade is slated for a November 3 release date for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10.
The initial word was that only some versions of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 would get the update, but it now appears that all Nexus devices will be getting the update on Monday.
“As usual, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be rolled out in phases, which means that some of you might not be able to download and install the update right away,” reported Android Geeks.
“You know the drill: once the system update message pops up in the notifications panel, tap on it, then follow the on screen instructions. If the system update notification failed to appear you would also want to perform a manual check under Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now.”
Lollipop is the biggest Android update since its debut, and includes Material Design, Google’s new design philosophy that features a focus on realistic 3D effects.
The update is supposed to include increased battery life, and the new battery saver mode, which lets users see how much time is left until the battery is fully charged or depleted.
“Power for the long haul with a battery saver feature that extends your device by up to 90 minutes. And now it’s easier to manage your power usage – see the estimated time left before you need to charge, and when you’re charging, approximately how much time until it’s topped up and ready to go,” the official Android website said.
There are also improvements for the Notifications Panel and Lock Screen, as well as other security enhancements. One of these is the ability to create multiple user accounts to let your friends and family log in on your device–but still keep your information separate.
Another feature, Android Smart Lock, enables users to secure their phones or tablets by pairing it with a device like a wearable or a car.
Yet another feature is the ability to view and respond to messages directly from the lock screen. And incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what’s playing–users can can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what they’re doing.