Share this Story

Team of Developers Release Android L ROM for the Nexus 4

When developers work as a team, nothing is impossible. Merely weeks after the Android L developer preview released, a sprightly collective over at XDA has managed to build a working ROM based on the preview for the aging Nexus 4.

Despite carrying a “beta” moniker, the updated ROM is miraculously free of the major issues that plagued its last release, the worst of which included non-functioning sensors and Bluetooth.

Root management apps work (so long as you use Koush’s Superuser), and minus instability inherent to Android L, the sailing seems smooth enough to use the build as a daily driver.

For installation instructions, refer to the XDA thread.

Note: If your home button quits working after install, do a full wipe before attempting to flash the ROM again.

Via: XDA
  • Anthony Johnson

    But I still wait for the official launch and availability of Android L for my Nexus 4 which is right now kept on qi charger. The reason is clear that the preview version always have some sort of bugs and I don’t want to take any risk right now.

  • mptrh336

    Running the latest beta now. Seems smooth and looks great. We’ll see on battery life and how it functions over the next few days. So far all is working that I’ve tried.

  • Cody Revels

    It irks me that the Nexus 4 port works better than the Nexus 5 release.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am off contract and phone shopping to some degree, but I don’t intend to buy my next phone until they are making them with L. I want native L right out of the box installed. It’s coming, so I’ll wait as there are way too many benefits I see from it that I want the phone and L to be cooked together and made to work together right out of the box.

    • Alan Paone

      When the nexus and GPE editions get their updates, it’ll work more or less as you describe. Unless you’re really waiting for the 6th nexus, or have a fear of kitkat, there’s no real harm in buying now…

  • Droid Ronin

    The Nexus 4 will get official Android L, right? I’m assuming so, since the preview went to AOSP for Nexus 4, even though by the time of the official release of Android L, it will be slightly outside of the 18 month update window.

    • flosserelli

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for an official release. A port may be all the Nexus 4 gets, but the latest beta seems to be stable enough for a daily driver.

    • Tres Waters

      I’d give it a 50/50 chance but seeing as Google didn’t release the Developer Preview for the Nexus 4, I wouldn’t be too hopeful.

  • Walter Partlo

    I hope that someone can give me a reason to fire up my old G-Nex.

    • patt

      not really

    • KingofPing

      Depends on whether or not you actually intend to use fire…

    • Chyan

      Battery life.

    • calculatorwatch

      I’d like to try and run this on the GNex, but that’d be like running Jelly Bean on an OG Droid, which as far as I know didn’t work too well.

      • SetNick

        The three OGs I install Jelly Bean on ran and hiccuped no matter what you tried to do.

      • Tres Waters

        I doubt L is much more resource intensive than Kitkat and it runs perfectly on the G-Nex. It’s a little sluggish here and there but it’s always been sluggish in certain situations.

    • regkilla

      No get rid of that piece of junk already!

  • flosserelli

    I guess I’ll take my old Nexus 4 out of the drawer. Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

  • veRdiKt

    That white N4 looks so nice,