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.
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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.
Android L preview is hot at the moment. Everyone is talking about it and we can’t wait for Google to release it when it’s done, hopefully this Fall. Google released Android “L” preview for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) only, but there seems to be hope for Nexus 4, first-gen Nexus 7 and a Nexus 10.
Thanks to Android Police we managed to find out that Google released a source code for Android “L” preview. We were surprised to find out that they did it for both Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012), even the Nexus 10, considering people feared Google might not push the “L” update to those device, me included.
Here are the links:
- LG Nexus 4
- LG Nexus 5
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 ( Wi-Fi)
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 (LTE)
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi)
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (LTE)
- Samsung Nexus 10
Finally some indication we might se “L” pushed to some older Nexus devices, way to go Google!
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The Android L preview has been out in the wild for almost a week now and owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 have been enjoying the benefits of a new and slick operating system. Owners of the other Nexus devices have been wondering whether they would get the chance to experience to see what Android L is like, and it looks like they might just get to very soon. The Android L preview source code for all current Nexus devices have been released on AOSP, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and the Nexus 10. This will hopefully mean that eager developers can start tinkering with the source code and produce their own Android L builds in the very near future.
A full list of the available source code files includes (as seen on Android Police):
- Nexus 4 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/mako/+/l-preview
- Nexus 5 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/hammerhead/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/grouper/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/tilapia/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/flo/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/deb/+/l-preview
- Nexus 10 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/samsung/manta/+/l-preview
The Android L preview has made many impressive improvements, ranging from significantly increased battery life to the complete UI design makeover known as Material Design. It’s truly captured what we expected from the next version of Android, and even if it isn’t that different under the hood, it’s definitely got the looks to convince us.
Are you excited to hear that the Android L preview files are now available on AOSP? Let us know your thoughts.
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Earlier this month Google started rolling out Android 4.4.3 update to certain Nexus devices and now we have yet another update by Google; 4.4.4 is here.
Suffice it to say, Android 4.4.3 update caused issues on certain devices. People have been reporting issues with bluetooth and wi-fi signal most of all. This might be the reason Google is pushing yet another update so soon after the 4.4.3 update. Other than certain Nexus and Google Play Edition devices only Moto X, G and E have received 4.4.3 update thus far. Google has released factory images for Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) update, although it doesn’t seem to be available OTA just yet. The only differences seem to be under the hood, as we said probably squashing some bugs and stuff.
Do you have Android 4.4.3 on your device(s) and are you having issues with it?
How is your Tuesday going my Android friends? Hopefully it is going well, and hopefully you aren’t one of those suffering from the issues that Android 4.4.3 is having. Only issue I’ve seen is that Google Now force closes every now and then, but nothing like others are seeing. The Moto X+1 boot animation has apparently leaked online, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, hit the link below. Enjoy the video.
We reported yesterday that a number of Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, have been experiencing problems with Android 4.4.3. While it appears that not every owner is experiencing the quoted issues, it does still seem very widespread, and some of the issues are quite debilitating considering the software update was supposed to fix the existing issues in Android 4.4.2.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the issues are only restricted to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. Issues on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have also been reported and reader Rachine S Vernon commented that the issues have even been spotted on the Motorola Moto X, which has apparently negatively impacted the dialer app.
The Android 4.4.3 update is only available to a handful of devices at the moment, however it’s clear that this wasn’t the update that many of us expected or were hoping for. Whether Google is willing or even able to issue fixes for the new issues is currently up in the air as Google has not yet responded to these issues, however, the fact that it took so long just to release Android 4.4.3 as an incremental update isn’t a comforting omen.
We want to hear from you if you are suffering issues on a device that you currently updated to Android 4.4.3; let us know what device and what you are currently experiencing in the comments below.