Android Lollipop is coming, and everyone is excited. However, if you can’t wait and are willing to tinker with your Nexus 4, then you can get an early taste before the official release.
The thread on XDA (link below) gives some tips on how to flash the Android Lollipop ROM on your Nexus 4, along with some general tips you should follow if you’re going to do this.
A quote from the post says “This is an enhanced version of the developer preview that google released.”
Head over to the thread to get started. If you like the ROM, consider donating to the developer for his work.
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As we edge closer to the Nov. 3 release of Android 5.0 Lollipop for WiFi devices, we’re going to start seeing more and more Google apps go Material Design. One app, everyone’s been hoping to see in material is Google Play Music. Over the weekend, a port of the developer preview for the Nexus 4 was created and in it, came material-designed Play Music. Well the gents over at Droid-Life were able to take a look at it, this past weekend.
As we can see from the images Google Play Music gets a little prettier in its redesign. Play Music 5.6.1640 incorporates the design guidelines and it looks great. Google+ user, Brandon Lall, was able to pull and create a gif of Google Play Music in action.
While the APKs are available, they’re not straight from Google so we recommend you exercise caution when/if you install them. That being said. Google Play Music should get the Material Design makeover sometime here in the next two weeks. Until then, we’ll just have to patiently wait.
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Expansys is offering a fantastic deal on factory-refurbished models of Google’s second-generation smartphone, the Nexus 4. That’s the very same smartphone that took the Android user base by storm with its minimalistic “Vanilla” approach to the open-source operating system.
The device comes in both 8GB and 16GB sizes. The smaller storage model is being offered by the retailer for $149.99 and the larger for $169.99. Both variants come with a complimentary bumper case available in either black or white depending on the color of the phone you choose to order.
The Nexus 4, which was first released back in 2012, isn’t old hat by any means. It’s still a very impressive mid-range smartphone, that packs a 4.7-inch True HD IPS touchscreen, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 2,100mAh non-removable battery.
The handset ships running “Vanilla” Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but is upgradable to the latest build of Android 4.4 KitKat upon receipt. The first time you power up the handset and connect to a Wi-Fi network, simply head into Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to scan for the upgrade. You will then be able to download and install the Android 4.4 OTA.
If you’re like the sound of the Nexus 4 and want to pick one up for the discounted price — click the source link below.
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Despite Google saying that the recently announced Android 5.0 Lollipop will be coming to the Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks, it seems that the Nexus 4 won’t be left out after all.
Googler Sascha Prüter clarifies in a Google+ post that the lack of Nexus 4′s presence in the slide was “just a mistake.”
So Nexus 4 owners around the globe will be able to enjoy the Android 5.0 Lollipop goodness too.
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Google’s Nexus line has long stood as the company’s ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware partners and represent an ideal marriage of tech specs with an unadulterated version of Android. It’s Google’s way of dealing with fragmentation (read: skinned versions) in the mobile OS market it created; a reference mark for manufacturers to aspire to, so to speak.
On the tail of the original Android handset’s sixth anniversary and in the run-up to whatever new Nexuses come next, we take a look back at the hardware path that’s been Google’s gold standard for Android.
When Google released a developer preview for Android L at its I/O event this summer, owners of Nexus devices were excited. However, this excitement was short lived for owners of the Nexus 4. Google only released the preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). Many believed that this meant the Nexus 4 was not going to receive the next big Android update.
Recently, it appears that a few Google employees are testing a version of Android L on their Nexus 4′s. Some Google+ users have spotted two different users claiming to be running “L” on their Nexus 4′s on code.google.com. One even specifies he or she is running build number LRW52G. This has gotten Nexus 4 owners excited because it could mean that Google will update the N4 to the latest Android version. Unfortunately, just because there are employees running “L” on a Nexus 4 does not at all mean that it will receive the update; although, the Nexus 4 has hardware that could easily run Android L considering that it will be running on the lesser-powered Android One devices that recently launched. Only time will tell if Google will update it’s two year old Nexus, but these recent findings do give N4 owners more hope.
Do you think Google will update the Nexus 4 to Android L? Tell us in the comments!
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It’s been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called “Affogato,” and while it supports the HP TouchPad, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (2012 with WiFi), the team says that going forward it’s focusing just on the Nexus 4 and TouchPad. Owners of other devices don’t have to give up their card-flicking dreams though, as it hopes others will step up to work on ports for other hardware (the OnePlus One above is just showing a screenshot as an example). If you’re expecting the features of Android or iOS it’s still a long way from that, but the team promises a focus on the community and monthly updates. If you’re willing to give it a shot, install instructions are here.
- webOS Ports (@webosports) September 1, 2014
There are currently only a handful of devices that can be updated to Android 4.4.4, including Nexus, Motorola and Sony devices. Of those devices, it’s the ones that are most closely related to Google that have apparently suffered severe teething issues. One particular issue that has been brought to our attention is the fact some Nexus 4 owners have been reporting that their soft keys have stopped functioning after updating to Android 4.4.4. With all of these issues with Android KitKat, Nexus owners have had varied experiences, even with seemingly identical devices, so we’d thought we’d ask: is your Nexus 4 having soft key issues on Android 4.4.4?
Perhaps the most unusual thing about this particular issue is that it appears to manifest as a hardware issue where the bottom of the panel stops operating, and there are pages and pages of users making note of the issue, though it seems entirely up for debate whether the real cause is the Android 4.4.4 update or a deeper hardware issue. There has been no official word on what the root cause of the issue is, and users are reporting very mixed experiences with lodging RMA’s with Google or requesting digitizer replacement from LG. By now, most Nexus 4′s will already be out of warranty, which has created a rather harrowing situation for some users whose device has essentially been rendered useless.
Have you been experiencing any issues on your Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.4? Anything to the degree that is described above? Let us know your story in the comments.
Thanks @Dibang69 for the tip!
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Android L makes its way over to the Nexus 4, and now more people can enjoy the beauty that is Material Design. Got to love these developers in our community, and how they strive to bring us the latest and greatest. The Moto family is starting to see Android 4.4.4, but that is only if you are over in india. I am sure everyone else will get theirs soon.
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The question on many people’s lips, particular the ones who don’t own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, is when they will be able to try the Android L preview on their device. The question is even more pertinent for Nexus device owners who have had part of the preview uploaded to AOSP, but it may or may not be enough to go on to make complete ROMs. Still, that hasn’t stopped some geniuses out there as Android L has been ported to the Nexus 4. You can check out a video of their feat below:
As you can see, it looks to be working pretty with all the functions and apps for Android L working in this port, though there are some outstanding bugs that remain including NFC, Bluetooth, Camera and a few other niggling issues. There also appears to be an unfortunate one-off side effect of the ROM installation as the first time boot after flashing can take up to 15-20 minutes; as any flasher will know, the time taken for the first boot can seem like an eternity so make sure you stay extra patient for this one. If you’re interested in trying out the ROM, you can download it from the site below, or you can check out the original XDA forum post in the source links.
Let us know if you try out Android L on the Nexus 4, and how you find it.