Android 5.0 Lollipop is available right now for the Nexus 7 Smartphone

Owners of the Nexus 7 are some of the first people to get their hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus, the tablet’s manufacturer, announcing that the update will be available immediately.

The upgrade to the latest version of Android will be free of charge and available for both the 2012 and 2013 Wi-Fi versions of the tablet.

Nexus 7 owners can get the update by opening the Settings menu from the home screen, clicking ‘About tablet’ and then ‘System updates’.

Asus is recommending all owners of the Nexus 7 upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage of the new features and security settings.

Features and Design

Start rooting for the little guy; the Nexus 7 is small, even alongside other 7-inch tablets. At 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34-inches, it’s slightly slimmer than the original Nexus 7, which measured 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41-inches and so it’s a tad a thinner, and therefore even easier to hold in one hand, something we’ve never felt entirely comfortable doing with the wider iPad mini.

That left us with just 26 GB to play with and that’s not too bad, but those eyeing up the 16 GB model should be warned that they’ll have just 10 GB available.

That, compounded with the lack of micro SD slot and 64 GB option, may disappoint media hounds looking to carry a large collection of movies at all times.

It’s not too small, but we wouldn’t want it any smaller as it is now, it’s the perfect size to toss in a bag or even a coat pocket.

We’ve always considered 7-inches to be travel tablets and 10-inch ones to be couch companions, and the new Nexus 7 fills this role perfectly, a featherweight at just 0.64 lbs (290 g).

Alas, the amount of storage on the device is also lightweight. Our 32 GB Nexus 7 came with 6GB already occupied by on board software.