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You may soon have a way to bring Lollipop to ancient Android devices

Android 5.0 Lollipop Galaxy Nexus

Although Android 5.0 Lollipop will be made available in the coming months for many Android devices released over the past two years, there are several older devices that aren’t slated to get the upgrade. If you’re someone who still owns an older device and you just don’t feel like upgrading to a newer one just yet, then you may want to check out some of the AOSP Lollipop ROMs being built by some XDA Developers that could bring Lollipop to older devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III Mini.

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Regarding the Galaxy S III Mini Lollipop ROM build, XDA says that at its “current stage of development” it can’t be “considered a daily driver” because “there are some broken things like RIL, audio, and of course, the camera.” The Galaxy Nexus Lollipop ROM, meanwhile, “is at a beta stage, and there are plenty of things that don’t work correctly.”

Put another way, neither of these builds seems ready to fully replace whatever software you currently have installed on your Galaxy S III Mini or Galaxy Nexus, but XDA members are definitely working to improve them and we expect it’s only a matter of time before they have fully functional builds ready to go.

To read more about these Lollipop ROMs — and to learn why there probably won’t be one for the Galaxy S III anytime soon — head over to XDA’s page by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.