As said earlier and again today the Android L is definitely not meant for daily drive as its still a beta. Though the new version of Android came up with some completely redesigned User-Interface of notification drawer, settings, lockscreen, headsup notification and other under the hood tweaks but the bugs in the preview keeps the daily thing away. Don’t know the reason why my favorite game Dots isn’t running on Android L. Is that a bug or because of ART, which is a default runtime in Android L. And the apps I prefer the most the Tasker and Xposed Frameworks are incompatible with the Android L. Tasker may fix the issues prevailed but Xposed Frameworks, the monster may or may not make its way into Android L as it is all set to Dalvik runtime. Most of you guys might have noticed these incompatibility issues with Android L by now.
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.
Google started rolling out yet another kitkat update 4.4.4 to all the nexuses and probably be last. The nexus owners can update to latest version through the OTA but what about those who rooted their device. Even the guys with rooted device will receive the OTA update notification but end up in an unsuccessful reboot. So, for them here is a Step-by-Step Guide on how to manually update to the latest 4.4.4 Kitkat without losing data.
This guide isn’t upto the current version of kitkat but the same can be used for other future updates too and also this is a common guide to all the nexus line of devices. So make a bookmark of this page or add to pocket for future.
By today I hope everyone got your Android 4.4.3 OTA update, If not check now. As Google started rolling the new update for all the nexuses from the midnight of 10th june itself. But what’s new in this update? To be frank, nothing. Expect dialer everthing else are under the hood, fixing various bugs and improving security. Hope those unexpected rebooting of device and other camera bugs are fixed with this update. But here the things remain the same as the only front-facing change that I have noticed so far is the dialer app. Which got a bit of make over. If you are a guy looking forward for UI changes, Customizing Options, Screen Recording, Automation and more. Then don’t expect them from OTA. Just go ahead and root your device and tune it the way you want.
Why should one root their device ?
How many apps you were installing and how many of them seems handy for you all the time. Even for torch people used to download an app when an app could serve the purpose of not only the torch but also the quick panel tiles, notifications clean/pin, gestures and more. Guys, there is completely a different play ground out there not that which every one knows. Yes, there are apps which has the ability to unleash your phones inner abilities and the customization to next new level.
Now its time to give the pristine Nexus 5 a new look and protection. Yes, Google just added yet another case for Nexus 5, this time called as the ‘Snap Case’. Pictures that showcased on Google play states that the plastic of the Snap Case is harder than the the previous Nexus 5 Bumper case, looks pretty sneak and perfectly fits around all sides of Nexus 5 leaving top and bottom open. Snap Case is available in five attractive colors and in two different variants. One is matte finish and the other is a clear, glossy variant.
I have seen the similar case which my friend bought for his HTC One S, it looks nice, fit is perfect and even costs $12 less than the current product but the plastic of that case is not that hard. Upon two to three drops the case may break. But here the product is from Google, so the price set by them will do the justice for sure. To be frank it is a matter of $ 500 Nexus 5’s protection and look not about $29.