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How to update your Nexus 4 to Android L ?


Android L is the present most anticipating update, every guy looking forward for the official rollout. Though Google released developer preview to Nexus 5 and 7(2013) models but they aren’t recommended and meant for daily drive. But the enthusiasts, we can’t calm them down from installing and posting screenshots on Google plus. That’s the only reason we are here.  The Nexus 5 and  Nexus 7 guys are luckier as Google released the official factory Images of the developer preview on the day it was disclosed but what about other Nexus devices esp. the 2012 Nexus 4? For them here is the step-by-step guide on “How to update your Nexus 4 to Android L ?” Thanks to all the devs who made this Android L port to Nexus 4. But this is an unofficial way of updating Nexus 4 to Android L. If you are sure about the preview and the bugs it comes with go ahead and fire it, if not then here is a guide on “How to theme your phone like Android L“. The bugs were minimized in the latest 4.2.2 beta when compared with the earlier releases, even you will notice them for sure as the OS is still under development.

Prerequisities :

  • Rooted Nexus 4 running Android 4.4.4 kitkat
  • Latest TWRP/CWM custom Recovery
  • Backup all apps+data using Titanium Backup ★ root.

Haven’t rooted your device yet then here is a common step-by-step guide on “How-to root your Nexus and install custom recovery?

Downloads Required :

Download the latest beta release from here : Github

How-to ?

If you are aware of cynogenmod, aokp, paranoid android roms then this isn’t a guide to you guys. Just copy the downloaded .zip file onto your internal storage. Reboot into recovery and fire it using your TWRP/CWM recovery. If you are new then follow the guide

Step 1 : Put the downloaded Android L .zip onto your Internal Storage
Step 2 : Reboot into Recovery(CWM/TWRP) – Volume down + Power button.
Step 3 : “wipe cache”
Step 4 : “advanced” -> “wipe dalvik cache”
Step 5 : “install zip” -> “install zip from sdcard” -> choose the [filename.zip] and confirm flashing procedure
Step 6 : “wipe cache”
Step 7 : “advanced” -> “wipe dalvik cache”
Step 8 : “reboot into system”

updating procedure may take up to 5 minutes – be patient.

Screenshots :

lockscreen notifications android l

headsup notification android l (NexusandMe)

dailer app android l (NexusandMe)

ok google detection android l (NexusandMe)

android l port nexus 4 [NexusandMe]

Known Bugs :

  • Camera – hangs
  • Wifi – Icon doesn’t go off even we are not in range.
  • Recent apps – sometimes the app preview is not visible (transparent layout).
  • Navigation bar : Home and recent apps button will disappears. No worries a reboot will fix this.
  • Headsup Notifications : while receiving call the accept and decline buttons aren’t triggering.

and other. They aren’t major bugs but considerable. And the rom is rooted partially so you may not make use of Tasker plugins and the Xposed modules.

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