Today could be the day many Android users have been waiting for. Yesterday Motorola posted release notes for the Lollipop update for Moto X (2nd Gen) devices. Late last night, Android Police reported that the signed factory image for the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 (2012) was posted on Google’s servers.
Because this signed image is hosted on Google’s servers, and the build number – LRX21P – matches up with the builds for the Nexus 9 (LRX21L) and Nexus Player (LRX21M), it is pretty safe to assume that this is a legitimate image.
Android Police reports some people are having issues with the bootloader image and may encounter a signature mismatch, however I didn’t have any issues installing this on my Nexus 7. If you are hoping to save your user data, you should be aware that simply removing the -w flag from the .bat script isn’t enough to save your user data. There are additional commands which erase the userdata directory as well. Personally, I’d recommend backing up your data and starting with a fresh install for any major release.
Image flashing isn’t for everyone, but if you want to have a go at it, you can follow the instructions over at Google’s Factory Images For Nexus Devices webpage.
If you’re impatient like me, you can download the image from Google’s servers. Are you going to side load the factory image, or are you waiting for the OTA like most people? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!